3D printing is a cool concept, but it’s not quite as simple as just setting a printer to print. Several steps need to be followed from start to finish to create a 3D print. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: The Process of Creating a 3D Printable
Most 3D printers on the market are cartesian 3D printers. These printers use the cartesian coordinate system of three axes, labeled X, Y, and Z. Technically, cartesian is a catch-all term for any printer that uses the cartesian coordinate system, as opposed to a polar coordinate system. For example, this would include delta, SCARA, and CoreXY style printers, as these all use … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is a Cartesian 3D Printer?
If you’re wanting to 3D print anything, you’re going to need 3D models. For technically and artistically inclined, it’s possible to make your own 3D models with CAD or 3D modeling software. You can even get or make your own 3D scanner to create 3D models of things you already have. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Where to Find 3D Models
Just like any piece of machinery, 3D printers need maintenance to be performed somewhat regularly. While you definitely don’t need to do a full teardown and deep clean of your printer often, it can be a good idea to do so once a year or so if you’re using it often. There are other maintenance tasks you should perform more regularly. These can generally be described as cleaning, … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: A Must-Read Maintenance Checklist
Most 3D printed models require post-processing. This is the catch-all term for any modifications made to a print after the printer has finished printing it. The exact modifications that need to be made can vary. The print settings, material, and type of printer all change what steps are necessary and how much work they will be. Some of the post-processing steps are pretty … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Post Processing
One of the most unique and distinctive-looking classes of 3D printers is the SCARA printer. SCARA is an acronym for Selective Compliance Articulated Robotic Arm or Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm. The use of the word assembly is an indication of the origin of the concept: manufacturing. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is a SCARA 3D Printer?
Polar printers are particularly unusual in 3D printing. this is not only because they look different but because they use a completely different coordinate system from most printers. The vast majority of 3D printers use a coordinate system known as cartesian coordinates. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is a Polar 3D Printer?
Most 3D printers are open to the air; this makes them easily accessible and easily monitored. You can also see a lot of 3D printers in a box of one form or another. These boxes are known as enclosures and serve at least one of several purposes. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What to Know About Enclosures
It’s easy to see the up-front cost of 3D printing by just looking at the price of printers. Here you can decide what features and specifications you want and how much you’re willing to pay for them. If you’re wanting to turn 3D printing into a hobby, however, it’s also a good idea to be aware of the consistent running costs of materials. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Are 3D Printing Materials Expensive?
In 3D printing, it is generally assumed that you can only print with one material at a time. This is because swapping between spools of filament multiple times per layer for dozens or hundreds of layers is a massive pain. While you could occasionally swap to a different color filament, this would likely be just for color banding rather than for a specific part of a layer. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is Multi-Material Printing