Learn the Basics of 3D Printing: 9 Tips

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Above: FDM 3D printing technology in operation/Image Source: Hubs

Getting a perfect 3D print is not an easy task; it’s kind of being perfect for achieving the best results. To get the perfect 3D print, you should have lots of patience along with proper tuning of filament and the printer. So, with this article, we aim to go back to the basics of 3D printing.

This article is going to help you improve your 3D print quality. Here, we suggest finding out the problems you are facing and resolving them one by one to get the fine print. Taking notes of the issues can help you in this; you cannot make lots of changes at a go, and we also don’t suggest doing this.

Learning the Basics of 3D Printing

The article will help you with 9 tips to learn the Basics of 3D Printing to improve the quality of your 3D prints.

SET Z Offset 

To level the bed by manual process, you can take the help of a paper sheet to determine the gap between the bed and the nozzle. The sheet can be set without any issue or resistance; try to move it 2-3 times. It will help you to do an accuracy test.

The alternate automated solution for the same is using BLTouch. For this, you need to invest some amount, but you can save time and effort.

Connect Apple Devices

One of the best things about 3D printers is that you can use them to print a document stored on your iPhone or iPad—mobile devices that are quite popular. For this, make sure that iPhone/iPad and the 3D printer are connected via AirPrint. Make sure to optimize all your digital devices regularly for better performance.

Further, search the web to learn how to scan on iphone to select the document that you need to print.

Take Care of Filament

Basics of 3D printing tells us that most filaments absorb water, and this property of most filaments can cause print failures. The result of drinking moisture by filament is the rough look of the final print. In some cases, the damage can be healed by keeping it in an oven at a very low temperature. 

The alternative solution for the same is making an overheated bin around the 3D printer.

Check Temperature Regularly

You need to keep a close check on the temperature, speed, and quality to get a fine 3D print. If the speed of printing is too low or too high, you may not get appropriate results in both scenarios.

The higher temperature of the nozzle(s) affects the final print and its appearance. If you find the temperature a bit high and the print is also not clean, reducing the temperature is advisable.

Build Change Surface Requirement

The build surface is the factor that lets you make the print as required if chosen wisely. Material like Kapton tape and glass should be used if you want a smooth surface. To get a matte finish, you need to use glue on polycarbonate sheets.

The glue should be used carefully; use a bit of its amount so that it can be stuck to the print. The self-experiment helps to learn which adhesive should be used on which surface.

Get the Right Slicer

Slicers are an essential part of making 3D printing fine and sharp. The slicer is the thing that converts the 3D model into the G-code(instructions) which further makes the process of printing easy. 

Different settings of the slicer help you to make the prints fine, clear, and as required.

Choosing a slicer wisely to make the printing perfect is the first step you should keep in mind. Free slicers you can get with the printer but, if you want one with specific features then, you need to buy one wisely. 

Keep Track of Maintenance

Learn the Basics of 3D Printing
Above: Regularly conduct maintenance for your 3D printer/Source: Manufactur3D

To optimize your printer, you just need to follow the small steps that involve cleaning the bed and some other important tasks. You also need to keep the rails lubricated, so refer to the manufacturer to know the process.

The bolts and the belts should also be set at a 90-degree angle. If all the things are okay in the hardware part, then look for an upgrade with the manufacturer.

Configure Flow Rate

The gaps in 3D prints are often due to under-extrusion or over-extrusion. With small adjustments, these things can be handled. If you see some other gaps, then it may be due to non-sufficient perimeters; here, you can see some holes in the side and tops. 

The quality can be enhanced with a bit increment in perimeters. The flow rate calibration is required to fine-tune the volume of plastic extruded by the 3D printer. 

Check Added Supports

Adding up supports helps to give fine results, but you need to do some research for the same. Lots of choices you can have in the name of support, and if chosen wisely, it will help you to get the perfect quality of the print. 

Whenever you use support, you will need to do the post-processing as it will help to hide the attachments.

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