Notes on 3D Printing
Process to 3D Print a Design
- Create or download a 3D design, typically as an STL file.
- "Slice" the design with a slicer to produce a g-code file.
- Load the g-code file to the printer
- Closely monitor the print as it begins and check on it periodically
- Clean the printer bed between prints with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth
- A light dusting of cheap hairspray can improve adhesion, especially for glass beds
- Each filament will specify temperatures and other conditions required for successful prints
- Clean the printer bed between uses with a small amount of alcohol and a microfiber cloth
3D Printing Terminology
- G-code file: A file that contains the step-by-step instructions
- Raft: A horizontal mesh printed before the first layer to improve bed adhesion or strengthen an otherwise weak base structure. Causes a rough finish on the bottom layer. Often used with ABS filament to prevent warping.
- Slicer: Software that converts a 3D model into layer-by-layer print instructions.
- STL file: A "stereolithography" file that defines a set of 3-dimensional design in a layer-by-layer fashion.
Deeper Knowledge on 3D printing
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