Build Plates and Print Surfaces

Clinton Thomas Building Guides

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to 3d printer build surfaces. Many people swear by bare borosilicate glass or mirrors. Other’s add a layer of glue stick, hairspray or even salt water. Also, what should the build plate be made of? PCB heaters are fairly popular and even ship on some higher-end retail printers. So …

3D Printer Parts and Materials

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MIC-6 Cast Aluminum Tooling Plate Linear Rails Tubing and Fittings Mic-6 aluminum tooling plate is the best material for your build plate, period. It’s extremely flat and conducts heat really well. Also, it’s pretty. Let’s get into some crunch before you guys revoke my man card for calling something pretty. It doesn’t get any better than this for a build …

3D Printing Software

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A cloud-based 3d CAD/CAM package. It’s free for students, hobbyists, and startups making less than $100k/year. Extremely powerful parametric design software package. Highly recommend. You can find tutorials on YouTube as well as online courses on websites like Udemy or just wing it and learn by doing. Slicing software. I can say much about it because I don’t have much …

3d Printer Filament Storage

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A lot of 3d printer filament is what’s called “hygroscopic”, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air. This will affect the filament diameter and reduce the appearance and strength of your printed part.

23 Tools and Materials for 3D Printing

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Part Remover – tools designed for removing 3d printed parts from your build plate. (Check the Price on Amazon) Flush Cutters – removing supports, cutting zip ties, cutting filament, etc. Feeler Gauge – for leveling the bed, setting nozzle height. You’ll feel much more professional using a real feeler gauge as opposed to a piece of paper. #hackish Digital Calipers …