3D Printing Info Starter Pack

Starting from scratch or learning something new is always (or at least usually) pretty overwhelming. Even though you know you want to, where are you supposed to start? If you feel this way about 3D printing and just want to get your foot in the door, keep reading. Here is everything you need to know to jump-starting your 3D printing journey. Here’s your 3D printing info starter pack.

There are different types of printers but getting your hands on an FDM printer would be a wonderful place to begin.

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The easiest way to understand how FDM works is to first learn the parts of an FDM 3D printer. Before we talk about specific parts, though, it’s worth mentioning that conventional FDM 3D printers can perform movements in three axes, named X, Y, and Z. The X- and Y-axes are responsible for left, right, forward, and backward movements, while the Z-axis handles vertical movement.

Now, let’s look at the main components of a 3D printer:

Now, the printer is ready to start 3D printing the part. The print head lowers down to the build platform and starts depositing molten filament, which cools and hardens shortly after exiting the nozzle, thanks to the part cooling fan(s). The filament is deposited one layer at a time, and after one layer is complete, the print head moves up in the Z-axis by a tiny amount, and the process is repeated until the part is complete.

Naturally, if you want to 3D print a part, you have to have a 3D model of that part. 3D models are created using 3D modeling software, usually referred to as CAD (computer aided design) software. Here are some examples of popular 3D modeling software:

However, most 3D printing beginners don’t have the skills required to use such professional software. If that’s the case, don’t worry, because there are other solutions. For starters, there are simpler CAD software options, such as Tinkercad, a simple program which almost anyone can use without any prior experience. It’s an online app designed by Autodesk, one of the industry’s leading CAD software creators.”

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