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5 Helpful Tips for Better 3D Printing

Once you’ve decided on a 3D printer that looks like it will serve your needs, all that remains is to start printing your 3-dimensional masterpieces. Right? Actually, because this form of printing is relatively new, especially where consumer models are concerned, it’s only natural that you’ll face some setbacks where your projects are concerned. But you’re not alone in your desire to improve the products you print. And there are plenty of helpful tips and tricks that could get you on track for better 3D printing. Here are a few to point you in the right direction.

  1. Check forums. Even though 3D printing hasn’t been around for long, at least not for personal use, you’re not alone in your desire to turn virtually formless plastics and resins into fun and functional objects for your use and enjoyment. And you’ll find that if you’re having troubles with the printing process, there are likely others who have faced and overcome the same obstacles. Getting involved in forums can help you to find the answers you seek concerning how to improve the products of your 3D printing. And if members of your online community don’t have the answer, it’s a good bet they’ll at least come up with useful suggestions for you to try.
  2. Keep your printer clean and calibrated. This is essential to ensuring success when printing in 3D. Just as your 2-dimensional printer will spit out spotty pages when the print heads are clogged or cartridges are installed incorrectly, your 3D printer won’t work right if it isn’t properly cleaned and calibrated before you start. So get familiar with your printer so that you feel comfortable making adjustments, as you may have to do this every time you start a new project. If your calibrations are off in the slightest it could impair your printer’s ability to successfully render your projects. So check everything and keep in mind that any problems you experience could be caused by multiple issues, rather than just a single miscalibration.
  3. Break up complex pieces. Even simple cubes could come out wrong if your printer isn’t properly calibrated or the nozzles get clogged. And the last thing you want is for a complex piece that’s been printing for hours to have a problem right at the end. So break up complex projects into multiple pieces to ensure that less time and fewer materials are wasted if a one portion is damaged. There are even programs designed to help you break your projects up into smaller pieces.
  4. Consider different materials. It’s pretty common to start with plastics, which are both durable and affordable. But as you get better at using your 3D printer you might want to consider trying other materials, such as wax, ceramic, and metal. You can even find bioplastics and resins that do less harm to the environment (and create fewer toxic fumes than chemical plastics).
  5. Compatibility and updates. If you decide to use peripheral equipment like TriMet scanners to create 3D objects, you’ll need to make sure they’re compatible with your printer if you want them to work right. You should also update firmware and software regularly to make sure everything is up-to-date. This will help to ensure that every 3D printing project goes off without a hitch. For more tips visit

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