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Could you use ultrasonic vibrations instead of a roller with an SLS/SLM printer?

I've been thinking, SLS/SLM printers currently use a roller to spread 3d printing substrate, but wouldn't ultrasonic vibrations spread the substrate more cleanly, accurately, and with greater density ...
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Why is the center of my glass print bed lower than the corners?

I have a new Creality Ender 3. I suspect that I have not adjusted the eccentric nuts correctly, on the X-axis head carriage mounts. Even after a glass bed upgrade, using the Level Corners routine ...
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Add a laser module to Reprap Guru Prusa i3

I have a Reprap Guru Prusa i3 v2 3D printer. Here is a link to the 192 MB manual. And here is the link to the resources page for the Reprap Guru. Page 58 of the manual discusses electronics. I ...
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Using extruder motor as 4th axis

I am currently working with a hobbyist robotic arm (uArm Swift Pro) which runs a modified version of Marlin 3D printing firmware. The arm can be used as a 3D printer as well thus it has an extruder ...
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Printrbot Metal Plus with new Cura

I am still using the originally-suggested version of Cura (for Ubuntu) for my Printrbot Metal Plus (NOT to be confused with the Simple Metal). My printer was one of the ones with two print heads, and ...
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I need to rotate the direction of rotation from X to Y axis using with SG90 servo motor [on hold]

I am looking for a away I can convert the horizontal rotation into vertical, typically we use bevel gear for such thing. But I am using a SG90 servo motor for which I am struggling to ger the correct ...
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Anycubic Chiron does not print correctly

I recently got my Anycubic Chiron. First I was very exited and set up the printer. I started the first manual leveling as described in the instuctions. After that I did the Autoleveling and started ...
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BL-Touch bed leveling seems to produce tilted bed level around Y-axis

I have a Tevo Tornado that I've outfitted with an official BL-Touch auto level sensor. I can see the bed probing run, and I can see the Z axis slowly adjust during x/y moves, so it's doing something. ...
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Order of solving printing issues

3D Printers (those who print, not the machine, dummy)! I haven't been printing in a while, so when I returned to my Monoprice Select Mini VII, of course it had been sprung out of whack. Some of my ...
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Which printer should I buy or does the Ultimaker 3 is worth it? [on hold]

I know that my question may be a bit borderline for the forum, but I would really need other people advices before putting so much money in a printer. I'm currently looking to buy a 3D printer. After ...
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Heater cartridge with 7.2 ohms - 12 or 24 V?

I have a heater cartridge here that measures 7.2 Ω. At 12 V that would amount to 20 W At 24 V that would amount to 80 W The cartridge itself is 2 cm long Could ...
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Nozzle insulation gone, can the printer be damaged?

During a print a lot of plastic ended up ripping the nozzle's yellow insulation strap. Can printing without this insulation around the fusion chamber damage the printer? If there is no chance of ...
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Is iron oxide a suitable material for use in SLS/SLM 3d printing?

I recently asked a question in the space section of stackexchange as to if Martian soil, with its decent iron oxide content, could be mined (with magnets) for its iron oxide and the iron oxide used as ...
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precise transformation using meshmixer

I am trying to do some edits on an STL file. I am trying to use meshmixer for this. I am essentially trying to move a hole in the following picture and widen the hole on the bottom of the part. I ...
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Selective reinforcement of some places in my part [duplicate]

I have a part that experiences larger than average forces in some of its protrusions. It would make sense to reinforce walls, and in particular strengthen infill in those areas. But to save material ...
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How does this Martian habitat 3D printer built for NASA work?

The ArchDaily article AI SpaceFactory Wins NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge shows a working 3D printing apparatus using an unusual material containing basalt fiber extracted from Marian ...
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What makes an extruder right handed?

I have been looking to buy a new extruder. One of the options I have seen comes in "right handed" and "left handed". What does this mean? How can I tell what my current extruder is, so I get the ...
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3d printer set up

I am not very used to 3D printers and I just bought my first 3D printer today (Creality3D Ender 3). But I am unable to assemble it. The 3D printer doesn't contain instruction on how to built it which ...
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What is the functional difference between an e3D-Style nozzle and M6 Chinesium Nozzles?

There is pretty much an ecosystem of two Nozzle designs out there that share the M6 thread on the coupler to the Heating block: the e3D "snub nose" or "shouldered" design. the "Chinesium" nozzle ...
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TMC2130 External VM RAMPS1.4

I'm attempting to replace my DRV8825's with TMC2130's on a Prusa i3 rework clone, 12v RAMPS1.4. motor currents have been accounted for. Since they don't work as well with 12V than with higher voltages,...
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What is the best software for creating models for 3d printing? [closed]

I have a design on paper that I'd like to 3d print. I'm planning on sending it to a 3d printing service as I don't have a 3d printer (yet). What would be the best open source 3d model creation ...
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Stuck filament in the extruder of Infitary M508

Model: Infitary M508 Details: The filament is stuck in the extruder preheated for PLA (the filament is PLA 1.75 white). The extruder's motor works and the filament is in the hole of the extruder (not ...
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Strange banding on first layer/skin

I've been printing for a while with a Creality CR-10S with Colorfabb black PETG economy and all was good. Until today, where on a large, flat print (30x10cm - a small drawer) I can't manage to get a ...
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Where did Marlin get its name?

Sorry if this is off-topic, but I wasn't sure where else to ask it. Does anyone know how the developers of Marlin decided to name it that?
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How to effectively eliminate stringing in 3D print

I'm having this stringing problem that happens when the machine moves and when it's not supposed to print that I still haven't effectively solved. I will try exemplify with the following image. We ...
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How to start cycle by using push button

Can any one help me out that how to start a cycle by just using a push button. Note: Using Marlin firmware, Arduino Mega, Ramps 1.4 I haven't tried altering the Marlin code (as I am new to coding), ...
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How reduce the number of retractions? [closed]

I want to print a phone case. Compared to other models I have sliced, Simplify3D implements a lot of retraction moves. Is this normal? How can I (Should I?) reduce the number of retractions? What ...
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Anyone tried Varathane water-based Wood Stain on Hatchbox Wood PLA?

I printed parts for a Harry Potter wand with HatchBox Wood PLA, now I want to apply stain. I intended to try MinWax PolyShades wood stain, then noticed Varathane water-based wood stain is available at ...
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What is acceptable voltage drop from PSU to controller?

My voltage at the controller at max load is ~11.4 V (heated bed + motors + hotend). Is this normal? I'm measuring 11.8 V at the PSU, so 0.4 V -> 5 W lost in the wires. I have a ...
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underextrusion of infill? [duplicate]

Running a bency print to test my new cooler, I noticed an odd effect on the rectilinear infill I'm using: It's almost as if the individual lines of the infill are tearing. The thing is that the ...
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Is Sparkmaker good enough to print OO/HO small detail objects?

I don't want this to be a specific producer question, but I would like to know if Sparkmaker is good enough to print OO/HO small detail objects? I'm referring here to objects like furniture, and other ...
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Why do 3D printers have only one limit switch?

I have seen that many 3D printers have only one limit switch for each axis, how does it know where to stop on the other end? My first guess is that the machine knows how big the plate is, and ...
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Printer LCD controller required when using a Raspberry Pi + LCD?

When using a Raspberry Pi and an LCD to run the printer, can the LCD controller that comes on the printer be removed or does it need to be used also?
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ASA and BVOH adhesion

I am printing a mechanical part for my printer. It's a new mount for my extruders and I have been attempting to use BVOH as a support filament so that when my print is done it will cut down on the ...
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MKS GEN L looks dead

In an attempt to upgrade my Ender 3 to TMC2208, I bought an MKS GENL 1.0 board from Banggood, but it doesn't get recognized from the Windows Device Manager at all: ...
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How to decrease sensitivity to heat-bed temperature?

Sometimes I use a DIY 3d-printer and I have a hard time to set my heat bed temperature. when I set it to 70 for PLA, after a few minutes it decreases to 67 and I see these error: ...
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BLTouch wiring and pin assignments

I’m in the process of installing a BLTouch on a Velleman Vertex K8400. The board doesn’t have a dedicated servo pin, so I’ll assign one. No problem there. The board only has a Z-min pin, so it’s my ...
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Uniform squishy infill

I try to print a stamp with flexible filaments. The problem I encounter is that the filament is flexible, but not soft. This leads to small differences in height to parts of the stamp not working. ...
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Can a model change size when using a different filament type?

I printed a case for my phone, a Motorola G4 Plus. I found the model of the casing on Thingiverse I just downloaded the model, used Meshmixer to check for issues, after that, opened Simplify3d and ...
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After homing all is fine, when printing the Z-axis stops advancing

My Prusa i3 has developed an issue. It homes fine and has no issues. But, when I press the print button it gives a sneeze (quick screeching noise from the Z-axis stepper motor) and start to print. ...
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Software for processing laser scanner images

I have a Ciclop laser 3d scanner, sold as a kit (HE3D), that I've had for several months now without being able to use it, because the official Horus software is completely unmaintained and bitrotted -...
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Laser scanning to 3D printer

I have one *.xyz file (from a laser scan) that I wanted to mesh and create a 3D printable file. I saw some YouTube videos from Meshlab and try to follow the steps ...
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Does the X/Y bed orientation of a model affect the print detail quality?

My FDM printer bed moves on the Y-axis and the print head moves on the X-axis and raises on the Z-axis. When printing rectangular objects (a model of Notre Dame in this case), are there print detail ...
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How to add a patch to “Marlin_main.cpp”?

According to this question, MKS 12864OLED Display setup, I need to add a patch to "Marlin_main.cpp" but this a large file with 14789 lines of code! I don't know ...
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Help-build a decent 3D printer for a beginner (any ideas/tips/info) [duplicate]

Hi I'm a beginner looking for an helpful advice on how I can build a 3D printer for practice before getting an official 3D printer. If you have any suggestions/tips/info/etc. Please let me know as I ...
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Good profile for slicing ABS in Slic3r?

Does anyone know of a good slicer profile (i.e., an .ini file.) for Slic3r for printing ABS for a Prusa i3 MK3S printer?
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What is causing these strings in the overhangs?

I am consistently getting these strings in the overhangs on models that folks say they are printing without supports. Can anyone tell me what is causing them and what I can do to fix them? I've ...
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Power OctoPi from printer

I'm wondering if there is some trick to power my OctoPi with the power supply of my 3D printer. I'm using an Geeetech I3 Pro W. The power supply itself should be able, but the output is as far as I'm ...
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What materials would be appropriate for pool parts (chlorine & UV exposure) using SLA or FDM?

I've got a printer on the way later this year that's supposed to be able to do both FDM and SLA (with the appropriate accessories). I'm interested in printing some parts for swimming pools (the types ...
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Can I repurpose most of the components of this Prusa clone for a Delta?

I have a generic Prusa clone that I'm not using (my primary issue with it is the lack of rigidity in the frame housing as built). Will the motors (ks42sth40-1204a) and controller that come with it be ...

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