ABS “Juice”: How to Make ABS Stick to Your Printbed

For printing with ABS, the first layer sticking to the bed is more difficult than with PLA. With adhesion and warping issues resolved though, ABS prints extremely easily: it is forgiving with strings/retraction, extrusion rates, and bridges. Nonetheless, this introductory problem scares off many users, so take our advice and use some ABS/Acetone solution to […]

By |July 27th, 2013|The basics: tips from Maker's Tool Works|Comments Off on ABS “Juice”: How to Make ABS Stick to Your Printbed

How to level the MendelMax Y Axis

As part of a video tutorial series, a guide on how to level the Y axis for the MendelMax 1.5+ and 2.0 has been created. This guide shows how to adjust the three corners of the printbed to ensure that it is accurately set for printing.

Have another idea of how to level the print bed? […]

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I just ordered a 3D printer kit! Now what?

A lot of customers ask what they should do to prepare for their newly-ordered 3D printer. Many people feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, but it’s not too tall of a task. To help beginners get started, I’ve made a short list of a few things to consider after buying a 3D printer. […]

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3D Printing Tip: When Printing PLA, Use a Fan!

Something often overlooked is cooling after extrusion. Some people expect (wrongly) to be able to get high-quality prints with a fan blowing across their printer. For materials like PLA, it’s important that adequate active cooling is provided immediately after the filament exits the nozzle. Having fan blow directly across your print surface shows a preference […]

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Tip #1: Store your filament sealed in bag until use

Just like most other things, plastics tend to be hygroscopic (it absorbs water out of the atmosphere!). PLA absorbs much more water than ABS, but it is a concern for both printing filaments.
Its a bit like shaking a bottle of carbonated soft-drink, then trying to pour it into a thimble. Not exactly precise.
Well, how bad […]

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Some Additions to MAKE’s Helpful Tips

Two days ago, MAKE magazine published an article Helpful Tips for the New 3D Printer Owner. While the eight tips mentioned may be helpful, I have a few addendums:

The paper test for bed leveling is not to be done with the Z axis at first-layer height, but instead with Z at 0; after that, use […]

By |December 28th, 2012|The basics: tips from Maker's Tool Works|1 Comment

The 2013 Gift Giver’s Guide for 3D Printer Presents

As usual, we at MTW are a day late and a dollar short, but if you are running as late as we are, here are some ideas gift ideas for the 3d printer enthusiast in your life. For girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, and children of those enthusiastic about 3D printers, but not involved in them […]

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