3D Technology is complex to understand and operate. If you have already invested in it or want to learn how it can help you in your work and professional life, you need to learn a lot more about this new technology.
But if you want to get a quick recap or review of how you can learn to use this technology, I’ve compiled a list of ways that can improve your 3D printing experience in a matter of days.
1. Get To Know Your Printer First
The first things you need to do is understand how your printer works. It’s a fact that there are only a few printers that give you out-of-the-box results.
The included kits are too tricky to run and if you’re lucky enough that your printer works out great, then you have to get ready for the more complex problems to solve sooner or later.
These problems are nerve wrecking and time-consuming. So, try to stay patient and inventive at the same time.
2. Never Print With A Badly Calibrated Printer
Let’s be honest; some of the printers are not properly tuned when delivered. So, it’s important to check each and every thing before getting started. You have to make sure that the belts or pulleys are not loose and the bed is level.
Keep your printer clean. You can also join different forums to get different ideas and problem-solving techniques. The hardest part is to understand it in the first place, but it is often impossible.
With continuous practice, you can start recognizing what’s wrong by the sound it makes.
3. Don’t Focus Too Much On One Particular Issue
As a matter of fact, 3D printers are quite tricky and sometimes create trouble for the user because of multiple reasons.
For instance, if you’re facing a problem of slipping filament, then it is not necessarily caused due to the bad driving system or hobbed bolt, but it might also be due to the blocked nozzle, a too high or too low temperature, a wrong feed value or a mix of all these. If you only focus on raising the temperature or flow rate, then don’t expect things to get better.
You have to start printing at low-speed with low temperature. After that, you can drift around the settings a bit to learn more about the combined effects as every filament has its own best set of values. If you want a full 3D printing experience, then you have to diagnose the printer itself for a huge win.
4. Always Use Tricks & Cheats
It’s a fact that you don’t need to have a magical printer that runs without human intervention. Your main goal is to get a completed product off the print bed. In the course of completing this, you can use whatever cheats and tricks to get the job done.
When it comes to getting large, flat prints, you have to pause the printer and super-glue the first layer to make sure that it doesn’t go anywhere.
Just don’t forget to do post-processing with filler, sand paper and paint to create nice objects that you will be proud to showcase.
5. Never Try To Print Too Many Discrete Prints At A Time
The thing is, you have to eat the elephant one bite at a time. If your tool head is continuously dragging one little widget; it will quickly destroy the rest of a big multi-part print.
When it comes to creating an object from scratch, then you can carve off the main model by test-printing the tricky bits. You can also divide a complicated model up into pieces with the help of an Autodesk Meshmixer.
Above are some hands-on tips for you to properly use 3D Printers in your business and in your office. If you understand them well, they can be most profitable investments you would ever make.
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