Tips for 3D Printing Beginners

So you’ve started your 3D printing journey, that means you probably know the possibilities are quite simply, endless. These days people are 3D printing houses and body parts. Welcome to the future! Maybe you have big 3D printing goals, or maybe you’re more interested in 3D printing as a hobby, whatever the case may be, you’re either at the starting line or pretty close to it. You’re probably well aware that perfecting this craft takes knowledge and practice.

We compiled some helpful tips and tricks to ensure that you’re start to 3D printing isn’t so intimidating.

Calibrate your 3D printer

The first thing you will want to do is to make sure that your 3D printer is properly calibrated. This step is absolutely crucial to ensure your 3D prints are dimensionally sound. In order to complete this process, you will need a pair of digital calipers. To learn more about the calibration process, check out this article: 3D Printer Calibration: How to Calibrate Your 3D Printer.

Start simple

Please don’t expect to hit the ground running. As stated before, picking up this practice takes…practice. A good exercise is to repeatedly print out 20mm square cubes. It might sound strange, but this will allow you to familiarize yourself with the 3D printing process along with nuances unique to your printer.

Don’t rush

Perfection doesn’t happen over night. Be patient with yourself and embrace the learning curve.

Learn CAD

Learning CAD (computer-aided design) is truly what will make you a master 3D printer. Although you can use other people’s designs, having the ability to create designs of your gives access to a level of creative freedom you wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience.

The 0.25mm rule

As your skill level progresses, your prints will become more and more complex. This often times results in the parts to a complex print, separately. Avoid frustration by using the .25mm margins rule to ensure all parts correctly fit together. A great example would be: inserting a 20mm pole into a block, if you make the diameter of the hole 20.25mm, that quarter mil’ will give you the necessary margin.

Interested in reading the complete list of 3D printing tips for beginners? You can grab the full article here.

Categories: Design & Process