When working with any mechanical hardware such as a 3D printer, it’s always a good idea to have a set of tools on hand. A well-provisioned toolbox can allow you to quickly fix many issues that would otherwise cause significant downtime or require you to call someone in to perform repairs.
A reliable toolbox isn’t just useful for fixing things when they break. They can help you to maintain your printer, preventing it from breaking in the first place. While not tools per se, it can also be a good idea to keep items around that help in other ways, such as print bed adhesion aids and replacement parts.
Print Removal Blade
If you end up with a print that doesn’t easily detach from your print bed, then a print removal blade can be a fantastic tool to get it free. A palette knife or even a paint scraper can do the job admirably.
If you’ve got stubborn support structures or an elephant’s foot on a print, then a set of sharp cutting tools can be just the ticket. Scalpel sets and utility knives are common choices. A utility knife can also be helpful when getting into packaging.
Screwdrivers and Hex Keys
If you need to get into the depths of your printer to tighten, repair, or replace something, then a set of screwdrivers and hex keys will be invaluable. Some companies like to use screws that don’t use the common flat or crossheads. It’s a good idea to get a set that includes other head types, too, such as a star head.
Pliers and Tweezers
If you ever need to remove a small, fiddly, or difficult-to-access part from your printer, a pair of pliers and tweezers can come in handy. These can also be especially useful for removing hot components without any risk of burning yourself.
If you plan to do any post-processing, you’ll almost certainly need some sandpaper as this is a common starting point. We recommend that you get a rough-, intermediate-, and fine-grit sandpaper, as this allows you to progress to finer sandpapers as you go for the best results. Ideally, you should ensure that you get wet-dry sandpaper, as this can be wet with water, helping to cool the part while also removing debris and minimizing airborne dust.
If your toolbox contains all of these items, you should be set for most eventualities with your 3D printer and prints. Do you have any other tools you’d recommend? Let us know down below.