3D Printing - Getting started

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Pick a entry level printer: Creality Ender 3X 3D Printer

Ender 3X

Creality Ender 3 Assembly and Quick Start Guide

 

Order PLA Black: HATCHBOX PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm 

PLA

Download from MyMiniFactory

QuickLevel Printer Bed Calibration Tool

XYZ 20mm 3D printer Calibration Cube Cube

#3DBenchy - The jolly 3D printing torture-test

Try TinkerCAD Drawing web site, Keyboard short cuts

TinkerCAD

Slicing the .stl file for the printer

Cura

Printing replacement chess pieces

Chess 3d print  Bearing

 

How to get prints to stick to the plate (I was ready to return my printer)

At first I found I could clean the plate with rubbing alcohol and with a new glass plate most things would stick.  Sometimes I also needed to add a brim in Cura to the slice if there was not Elmers glue stickmuch surface area on the plate.  I asked my friend for advice and he said he usually uses Elmers Purple Glue stick.  I found that works well.  I can sometimes get a couple of prints on the same glue stick application.  Warning: don't try to use a cotton ball with alcohol to clean up the glue stick on the plate.  It results in the cotton fibers stuck to the glue.  I just use warm to wet a wash rag and clean off all the glue.  When dry and the plate is preheated I just put on a fresh coat of glue.  Seems to work very well.

High resolution minis, trick to print every layer as top layer

  1. 100% infill in Cura
  2. Very small layer height 0.08
  3. Go Slow
  4. Plenty of supports choose zig zag

Note: I have had much better success when I just print in standard quality.  Printing in these high resolutions is tricky and often the prints don't adhere to the plate. 

Cura top layer

Pick a entry level printer: Creality Ender 3X 3D Printer

Is the Ender pro worth it?  Ender 3 PRO vs Ender 3 - Detail comparison

Ender 3X

Order PLA Black: HATCHBOX PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm 

 

 

 

Creality Ender 3 Upgrades:

Heat-bed insulation -- https://goo.gl/ubu8MJ C

reality spare nozzle -- https://goo.gl/GV3HeG

Printable Creality Ender 3 Upgrades:

How to print flexible prints

PLA and ABS are not flexixible, Nylon is a little flexible and TCP is very flexible

I decided on PCTPE Nylon as a good middle ground not too hard to print, some flexibility.

Dealing with moisture in filaments

absorbentI found that a 2 gallon bucket fits 3 spools of filament and I just throw in some Silica Gel Packets with them to absorb any moisture.  The Gel packets can be can be recharged in the microwave. 

Nylon Filament

  • Max Ender 3 Tip can go is 250 C, better printing at 260 C for Nylon
  • Bed at 100 C
  • Gluestick on Glass for the bed
  • Turn off the layer cooling fan
  • Retract distance 3 mm
  • Slow down print speed

Upgrades for Nylon