Beginner’s guide to 3D printing from a non-expert

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What is 3D printing?

3D layering
3D pen
Parts of a 3D Printer
The Three Axes
Screen display

What do you need to get started?

Assembling ender 3

Setting up your printer

Bed not leveled
Bed leveling using paper
Adding printer to Cura slicer
First attempt
Too far away
Too close
Before and after leveling
Prints with erros

Turn your idea into a 3D model

Create a timelapse video

Questions I had

  • How much time does it take to get the printer started? I was able to assemble it, configure it and run my first print in a couple of hours.
  • Can I stop a print / pause it? YES, this is very important, because I personally cannot leave the printer running while I’m not around. So I find out how to pause and resume the print.
  • Is it too loud? NO, you can hear it but it is not bothering, at least for me, it is just the sound of the fan cooling down electronics
  • Is it dangerous? NO, there will be some fumes from the melted plastic but if you run your printer in a well-ventilated room there is nothing to worry about.
  • Is it fast? NO, it takes up to hours for big prints. You should get an estimation of the time from your slicer before running the print.





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