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3D

So I've been working hard on learning Blender and FreeCAD, and have been designing my own parts for a while now. I've printed replacement parts for broken household items, made soft-plastic practice knives for karate class, parts for drones, boxes, hardware for a clothesline, even electronic parts for a functional 2W laser pistol.

Check out my Thingiverse account. I'm not popular. I don't mind.

MY PRINTER

I've got a Monoprice Maker Select 3D that's been customized a lot.

The printer's been upgraded with components printed on it. The print head has been modified to handle soft filament, I've added a tool rack, a steel bedframe, and a permanent glass bed, and incorporated a Raspberry Pi3 as an Octopi managment unit and camera.

IFAQ (Infrequently Asked Questions)

An IFAQ is a list of little useful bits of knowledge that you may never have thought to ask!

  • Q: Do 3D printers have resolution like a monitor or ink printer?
    A: Yes! It can have a significant effect on your prints as well. The most important resolution is the up-and-down axis, Z, which sets your layer thickness. If the resolution for Z does not match, you will get horizontal banding, where your printer's resolution doesn't match, just like a monitor would have if it was trying to scale a picture! For instance, the common default layer thickness 0.1mm isn't even on my printer, which has a Z-step of 0.04. The thickness should be set to 0.12mm for best results!

Timelapses

Here are some timelapses:

PSKK Medal Print

Linux Mug

Statue of woman

Measuring Cube Timelapse

Print-in-place Box