A Quick and Easy Guide for Beginners to 3D Printing

3D printing is one of the “Industrial Revolution” devices today. It is forming a three-dimensional object through a digital file and achieved by using additive processes; these processes include creating an object by making successive layers of thinly and horizontally sliced materials.

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Through 3D printing, you can produce critical shapes without using too much material.

If you are doing a 3D printing for the first time, here are some useful tips in 3D printing that is listed for you:

#1: Choose your model

The very first thing you need to do is to decide on what you want to make – either it is a simple model or a complex-shaped object – it is possible in 3D printing. However, for beginners, it is advisable to start with simple 3D printing task; there are comfortable designs available, try to use a few of them until you find yourself comfortable in 3D printing.

#2: Carefully design and craft the model through CAD software or similar software

The first major step that you need to after choosing the right object to 3D print is to carefully design and craft the model CAD software and or similar software just like the Autodesk 123D, which is free for beginners to use. However, here is a flip side to this, using CAD software for the first time is not easy; even so, there are tutorials for using CAD software that you can always follow. So, do not give up.

#3: Convert your newly designed model into STL

The next step is crucial, as it is necessary for 3D printing, which is converting your model into STL format. Fortunately, exporting and converting your model into STL format is easy since most of CAD software has built-in features that allow you to easily convert as STL. However, if you’ll be using non-CAD software such as Google Sketch Up, you need to install a plug-in – Casdan, for instance – that will allow you to do some tweaking, as well as, converting the final design.

Once the model is converted into STL format, you are almost ready for the actual 3D printing.

#4: Set the 3D printer

In 3D printing, the level of the base or bed of the printer is crucial to the quality of the 3D print. So, make sure to set and level the printer, as well as, set the nozzle right.

Additionally, before you start printing, make sure that your 3D printer is well-calibrated to avoid certain scenarios that will cause 3D printing failure. There is a separate helpful guide on calibrating 3D printer that you can also read.

#5: Convert your STL file into G-code

This step is about slicing the materials and into the object you want it to be. G-code is a series of instructions that contain details about the direction of cutting, the speed, the temperature, and more.

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3D printing may sound intimidating for most beginners; however, if you follow every step in 3D printing, things will turn out smoothly.

Also, if you want additional details on this, you may visit Digi 3Dverse’s website.