23 Tools and Materials for 3D Printing

Clinton Thomas Resources

My Most-Used Tools and Materials

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 – for measuring filament diameter and parts for designing. (Check Price on Amazon)

Needle Files – part finishing. I have both the gritty as well as the scraping kind

Xacto Knife/Utility knife – support removal, part finishing

Allen Wrenches – I recommend Bondhus. (Check Price on Amazon)

Micro Connector Crimpers – Only if you’re going to be modifying/repairing your 3d printer. Highly recommend the manual ones over the ratcheting ones. (Check Price on Amazon)

Brass Wire Brush – For cleaning melted plastic off your nozzle. **Don’t clean hotend with it powered. If you short the thermistor to the heating element you can damage your controller**

Thread taps – for creating attachment points. Irwin or Mose Cutting Tools if you want good ones but cheap ones will probably suffice for most people. (Check Price on Amazon)

Tweezers/needle-nose pliers – Good for grabbing melted plastic off your nozzle. (Check Price on Amazon)

Lint free cloth – for cleaning your build surface

5.5mm and 8mm wrenches/sockets – M3 bolts/nuts need a 5.5mm wrench, M5 bolts/nuts use an 8mm wrench/socket.

Butane torch – great for getting rid of stringy wisps on your print and for setting heat-press inserts (see below). I find a small torch to be more convenient than an electric heat gun.

Drill – You know, for making holes in things. I have the Milwaukee M12 drill and impact kit. (Check Price on Amazon)

Window Cleaner – I use this to clean my PEI sheet before I print with PETG as it leaves a film which helps PETG parts release. Otherwise, they can bond permanently with PEI or glass.

Isopropyl alcohol – for cleaning my PEI sheet before printing PLA.

CA Glue –Commonly known as “super glue”,  great for gluing parts together.

CA Accelerator – makes CA glue set instantly so be careful.

CA Glue Debonder – Because I really do mean ‘instantly’.

Threaded Heat-press inserts – great for adding attachment points to your prints. Get ’em cheap on Aliexpress.

So. Many. Zip ties. – I buy them 1,000 at a time from eBay. Get the black ones. The white/clear ones are terrible.

Sand Paper – multiple grits for post-processing your prints.

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