Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing by Editors of Make Magazine

By Editors of Make Magazine

The 3D printing revolution is definitely upon us, with new machines showing at an grand fee. With the abundance of data and thoughts in the market, how are makers to settle on the 3D printer that's correct for them? MAKE is right here to assist, with our Make: final advisor to 3D Printing.

We introduced 15 of the pinnacle printers to our headquarters and hosted a weekend-long printer shootout staffed by means of the editors of MAKE and a couple of luminaries within the box. We documented out-of-box stories and subjected the printers to a couple of print and torture exams. This factor provides our findings for you in a transparent, concise manner.

To additional demystify the panorama, this factor bargains finished articles on:

determining a printer that's excellent for you
Getting all started after you have a printer
software program offerings for CAD, CAM, and printer control
strategies for 3D printing with out a printer
Gallery of coolest and most dear prints
specified record of fabrics options
recommendations for scanning gadgets to print
Inspirational 3D printing functions in medicine
3D published gadgets which are out there today
a whole bunch resources

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1/5 Pro Tips Load up the build platform; the Axon 2 software lets you print multiple objects in one go. To tweak the extrusion rate, you’ll have to dive into Skeinforge. Try this spreadsheet to determine workable settings: thingiverse. com/thing:6427 The Details Conclusions It’s hard not to be a bit disappointed with the 3DTouch. With so much going right, it’s possible to overlook small things, but print quality is too big to ignore. The Axon 2 control software is in need of a tuneup, and we wonder if they could do better than Skeinforge for slicing; at the very least, some new profiles are in order.

3/5 Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/5 Reliability . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5/5 Print Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/5 Accuracy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/5 Support/Overhangs . . . . . . . 4/5 Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3/5 Value. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/5 Pro Tips Forget the Kapton tape — cover the print bed with blue painter’s tape for better adhesion of PLA. When printing PLA, take advantage of the clever printable fan shroud attachment to provide active cooling from the extruder’s cooling fan directly to the surface of the printed part.

Com/retail-store 298 Mulberry St. Y. com Polyimide tape, polycarb, PLA, and ABS. Sign up for the MAKE newsletter for exclusive 3D content and the latest deals from the Maker Shed. com High-quality yet affordable extruders and heater pads. com 37 BUYER’S GUIDE Ultimate 3D Printer Buyer’s Guide Here’s how we torture-tested and rated 15 machines. WRITTEN BY Matt Griffin 38 W hat makes a great desktop 3D printer? In September, MAKE invited me to put together a team of reviewers from the 3D printing community to advise MAKE’s readers about the state of the art of DIY 3D printing.

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