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3 Tricks to Optimize STL Designs for 3D Printing 3D modeling for printing can be hard-work, especially when one does not know all the tricks of the modeling software and cannot put them in application to ensure a shorter printing time of the model. There is the general belief that a high-detailed model in printable file format, with accurate and clean-printed outer shell, must take a lot of time to design, weigh much and print forever and a day. However, this is not the case. In this article we will focus on 3 modeling tricks which contribute to the 3D model’s optimization for 3D printing and cut down modeling time, without affecting the quality of the final 3D printed model. Avoid UV feature First things first: what is UV? 7 Tips for Beginner 3D Modelers — Structur3D Printing This is a guest post by Valy at Gambody.com. Every killer 3D modeler has taken the same demanding path to get to the pedestal of 3D design. What might seem overwhelming for some, can seem like an adventure for others.

EWaste 60$ 3DPrinter Although the downloaded Marlin firmware already has a standard calibration for the axis resolution, you will have to go through this step if you want a precise printer. Here you will tell the firmware the steps per millimeter that your machine actually needs. This value depends on the steps per revolution of your motor and on the size of the thread in the driving rod of your axes. By doing that we make sure that the movement of the machine actually corresponds to the distances in the g-code. Knowing how to do that will allow you to build a CNC-machine of your own with independence of the component types and sizes.

15 truly useful things you can 3D print for your home Feb 19, 2016 | By Tess, Kira We’ve said time and again that desktop 3D printers are for much more than just making cheap plastic tchotchkes and trinkets. Beyond the ornaments, the paperweights, and the 3D printed coasters are tons of truly useful 3D printed household goods that could make your daily life easier than you’ve ever imagined, often while being cheaper or more practical than comparable store-bought products. Don't know where to start? MeshMixer 2.0: Best Newcomer in a Supporting Role? I’ve recently been putting my Ultimaker² through its paces, and one of the pieces that I wanted to try printing was Dizingof’s Joint Stars. It’s a lovely piece of interlocked geometry, but hard to print on an extrusion-based 3D printer due to the large overhanging limbs that start in mid-air. Another was TheRat’s Dragon – which also had some significant overhangs, as well as large thin wings which seemed unlikely to withstand the rigors of repeated passes to build up the height without some extra anchor points to minimize flexing.

A visual Ultimaker troubleshooting guide - 3DVerkstan Knowledge Base On this page you'll be able to visually try to match the problems you are having with your print and hopefully find enough information so that you can eliminate the issues you're having. Look through the images and click on the one that matches the problems you're having to jump to a more in depth explanation. The information on this page is skewed towards the Ultimaker2 but most of the information applies to the Ultimaker Original as well. We also have a page with a few tips on Getting Better Prints by tweaking settings or modifying your model for printability. If you find any inaccuracies or if something is unclear, please let us know

Top 20 Biggest 3D Printers in 2016 Feb 10, 2016 | By Kira We know that bigger doesn’t always mean better, but when it comes to 3D printing, the ever-growing list of absolutely massive, large size 3D printing ventures is hard to ignore. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top 20 biggest 3D printers right now, and the various large-format 3D printing projects they are capable of. G-code This page tries to describe the flavour of G-codes that the RepRap firmwares use and how they work. The main target is additive fabrication using FFF/FDM processes. Codes for print head movements follow the NIST RS274NGC G-code standard, so RepRap firmwares are quite usable for CNC milling and similar applications, too. There are a few different ways to prepare GCode for a printer. One is to use a slicer like Slic3r, Skeinforge or Cura.

DesignSpark Mechanical Loading DesignSpark, please wait... We apologise for the slowness of this page You are using Internet Explorer 6, upgrading your browser will greatly enhance your experience using DesignSpark The gateway to online resources and design support for engineers, powered by RS ComponentsAllied At RS Components and Allied Electronics we love helping you take your ideas from concept to creation. With DesignSpark Mechanical we aim to give every engineer the power to quickly design and change product concepts in 3D without having to learn complex traditional CAD software. In partnership with SpaceClaim we give you the power to start modelling your ideas instantly and have your prototypes 3D-printed the same day!

Enable Auto Leveling for your 3D Printer with an inductive sensor (Marlin Firmware) The auto-leveling sensor will be replacing your 3D printers z-end stop on your control board. You won't need the old z-stop because your sensor will be probing the bed for it's z-position. Make sure your sensor has a detecting distance of at least 4mm. In reality, this might be lower depending on the sensing material. Your sensor should be mounted close to the nozzle and able to reach near the corners of your print bed when mounted. 3D Modeling for 3D Printing Tutorial for Beginners This beginner's class on 3D modeling and 3D printing is series of six tutorials that will help you turn your idea into reality. You'll start with a hand drawing, extrude into a 3D model, and modify and prepare your 3D model to 3D print. Taught by Lauren Slowik, Designer Evangelist for Education at Shapeways, all the tools used are free and easily accessible. The course will teach you the basics of 3D modeling and printing, converting images to 3D models, and critical basic concepts in computer aided design (CAD), including extrusion, scaling, mesh, water tight, and even interlocking parts.

Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing: Slic3r is Nicer - Part 1 - Settings and Extruder Calibration I have been using Slic3r for a few months now, it's coming along well and deserves lots more coverage, so here are a few notes and a very short guide to using it and what the settings mean - nothing difficult as it's already very easy to use and understand.In this Part 1 we will look at getting Slic3r running, calibrate the extruder and take a look at the Print settings.Part 2 will setup the printer, filament and print speeds along with doing some printing.Part 3 will experiment with low layer heights, hollow printing and any other features or limitations discovered.As of typing (6th Jan 2012) - Slic3r is at Version 0.5.7Please try it out, it's coming along very nicely and join in with the Slic3r RepRap ForumSlic3r WebsiteSlic3r on GithubDownload the package extract the zipped files and just run slic3r.exe directly from the directory, you don't need to setup anything unless you want to re-build it then you need the source from Github and citrus perl or Strawberry Perl. Rich.

Learn how to use a 3D printer Course Description The free online course How To Use A 3D Printer introduces you to the hardware and software technology behind 3D printing. The course begins by introducing you to the hardware used in 3D printing. Z-Axis Induction Sensor & Fan Bracket for MK7 type extruders (Folger Tech) by TheLost A Simple bracket to hold an Induction Sensor (LJ12A3-4-Z/BY) on MK7 type extruders. Enables auto bed tramming/leveling on aluminum build plates. UPDATE: I've added a new version that lets a 40mm fan to be attached to the other side of the bracket. For power, i've moved the extruder fan directly to the 12v power and attached the print fan to D9 on the ramps.

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