Discussion in '3D Printing' started by Dazboots, 18 Sep 2018.
TinkerCAD or Fusion 360 ?
Depends on what you mean.
For creating 3D models I'd start with TinkerCAD and then after 10 minutes once you've mastered that go to Fusion 360. Both are free for non-commercial use.
For controlling the printer and slicing then either Cura or PrusaSlicer. I have been a Cura user for ages but recently swapped to PrusaSlicer and find it better to use. As far as print quality is concerned they are very similar.
If you are going to be doing a lot of printing then get yourself a RaspberryPi and set it up with OctoPi. It makes the whole printing process seamless and means you can put the printer somewhere else in the house away from your computer.
A couple of 3d prints of Elite Dangerous ships done on a Prusa i3.
What would you suggest is the recommended type for a beginner?
Cheers for your reply mate
I had a quick look on your website, I think I'll get a roll off you after pay day, gives me time to get the machine and get it set up
So do you need more than 1 piece of software for 3D printing? 1 to make the piece and 1 for printing?
Yes. Cura / Slic3r / PrusaSlicer etc. just prepare the model and generate the gcode that the printer needs to print the thing. This is all you need if you're just planning to print stuff you have downloaded from Thingiverse etc.
If you want to actually build and design things yourself you need another piece of software such as Fusion 360.
Depends on the printer
No I was thinking more 3d modelling
I would buy a roll of PLA, not very expensive, and not as toxic as ABS
Cheers, are they all toxic then? How can you avoid being "intoxicated" by the fumes? Just ventilation?
Having your printer in well ventilated area is best, or if using things like ABS, people make boxes to go over them
It's ABS I think that's the worst lol, used to use the work one lots (all day) and you'd leave the room and only notice how bad it is when you come back in
More expensive printers have cases which also keep the temperature more regulated, but as said ventilation I guess.
Not sure what PLA and the likes are like
Cheers guys, maybe I'll make an enclosure in the future aswell then
Just looking at buying a first 3D Printer for making things a bit easier rather than having to rely on others etc... is the Creality Ender 3 a good place to start? I'm not going to be doing anything massive so don't want to go silly, but I'm curious to try something!
As with all budget 3d printers, it has good points and bad.
Good points are the price to build volume, community behind it and it's quick assembly.
Bad points are, limited firmware (Needs a bootloader, via an arduino to update via a PC), No auto bed leveling and although i've seen good prints from a stock printer, it benefits from some mods.
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Oooo, nice print.
Was the excess easy to remove as have done a few intricate models but ended up breaking them when removing the support material
Car looks awesome, good job
Bagel slicer helper thingy, probably my most practical and used print
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