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Tips and Tricks for 3D Printing Beginners and Pros

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OctoPrint Guide + Best Plugins

One of the most versatile pieces of tech for 3D printing is Octoprint – it’s a little webserver that runs on a Raspberry Pi and lets you remote-control a 3D printer from your computer. Or so you thought. Because the thing is, Octoprint is so much more than just a way to start and check in on prints remotely: It’s turning more and more into a full-on 3D printer operating system. There are plugins now that do everything from AI print watching over sending status infos over your favorite messengerContinue reading

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PrusaSlicer 2.3

PrusaSlicer 2.3 is out! At least, by the time you’re watching this video (or reading this article ;-), it should be out, and it comes with new features like monotonic top infill, ironing, paint-on support material, and automatic variable infill patterns. Here’s the thing, though – PrusaSlicer and all the features it comes with are not exclusive to the Original Prusa 3D printers. In fact, Prusa actually reached out and asked if they could sponsor this video where I show you how to set up the new PrusaSlicer for basicallyContinue reading

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The Spaghetti Detective AI

“Do not leave your 3D printer” unattended. Sure, that’s good practice, especially with ones that have, you know, questionable cable management or cheap components, but are you really going to babysit the machine the entire time? I don’t think so. Especially when things like noise, particle emissions, and printing smells are something you don’t really want to have right next to you. So OctoPrint is actually a very good first step for that – it allows you to remote-control a 3D printer from anywhere you have access to the sameContinue reading

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Perfect 3D Printer Bed Adhesives – from the Grocery Store!

Do you need specialty bed adhesives or is your pantry already hiding a perfectly suitable 3D printer bed coating? Let’s find out! Usually the articles here are an illustrated version of the video’s script, but this one only came together once I did the experiments. So for your convenience, here’s the summary of how each one of these materials did! Pasta Water Once dried, pasta water creates a rigid, but tacky film that adheres well to PLA and PETG Sriracha Sauce Smells awesome when warm, but doesn’t hold down 3DContinue reading

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How I tune in new filaments

A couple of weeks ago I asked which topic you all would like to see covered on the channel. Clear winner – how to tune in a filament you’ve never printed with before. So, let’s go over the steps of getting practically any PLA, PETG, ABS, ASA, PC, PMMA, PA, etc filament to work and to print well, but keep in mind that specialty filaments like fiber- or wood-filled ones, super-flexibles ones or stuff like Colorfabb’s lightweight PLA will need a bit of extra attention. But honestly, once you haveContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 10 – What now?

Wow, we’re already at the last video of this series… I’ve produced these over the course of almost two months, and yeah, it has been crazy. I’ve got to get used to a routine again that isn’t “eat, sleep, produce, repeat”, and you’re probably wondering what should be the next steps for you. Do you really need to buy your own machine? How should you go about starting to use it productively instead of getting stuck in “novelty” phase? Yeah, let’s looks at that today! So where do you goContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 9 – Common Issues and Solutions

3D printing doesn’t always work perfectly. I hate to say it, but, you know, when even commodity inkjet printers still need a bit of help every now and then, I think 3D printers are actually pretty good on that front today. But, still, there are things that can go wrong due to user error, the manufacturer not doing their homework, or because of bad materials. We’re going to look at some of the most common hiccups you can run into and where to start when fixing them. I gotta tellContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 8 – Requirements

In this video, we’ll look at the things you should consider when thinking about 3D printing something – can you even print the part you want to make, what should your environment look like where you print stuff and what do you need for equipment and tools to work with the machine and the final prints.  What can you print? Okay, let’s get right into it and start with the models themselves. Over the years, 3D printers have become a lot better when it comes to what they can andContinue reading

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3D Printing Basics 7 – What printing looks like

Okay, so in the Hackaday article that got me to do this series in the first place, one of their first questions they want to be answered is “What does the actual workflow of 3D printing look like? What happens from beginning to end?” So that’s what we’re going to look at today – the full process of going from wanting to print something to having a physical, usable part. 3D Model The thing the actual 3D printing process starts out with is a 3D model. Last week in episodeContinue reading