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Why is it more common to move the extruder on the Z-axis than the print bed, in consumer FDM printers?

Why is it more common for consumer level FDM printers to move the extruder on the Z-axis (For example, the Ender 3) while the bed remains at a fixed height, than to have a bed that moves up and down ...
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3D printing workspace in the tropics

I'm building a workspace for 3D printing for a project. I'm in the tropics so at this point it's just a large concrete pad with a roof next to my workshop. This is a very hot humid country. I'm ...
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Advantages dual extruders FDM printer over a single extruder printer?

I've been Resin printing for a while, but was considering getting an affordable FDM printer for large simpler models, and for when the mess of a resin printer is just too much of a pain to be bothered ...
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When changing my FEP should I pierce it first or just screw the screws through it?

I'm going to do my first FEP change on my Elegoo Saturn. The manufacturer has a video on changing it that shows them putting the FEP into the gasket frame and then simply screwing the screws right ...
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Printer with 50 microns or close to 50 micron (z resolution)

We're thinking of buying a PETG-powered printer. When researching printers available on the market, there are machines with a 100 microns. I was wondering if there are machines with a 50 microns or ...
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What is the brand of this 3D printer?

Could anyone help me to find out what is the brand name of this 3D printer? I found this printer while playing Spider-Man on PS4 in the Lab
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How should you run PTFE (Teflon) Tubes?

I bought a modern machine, and it comes with PTFE tubes. I need to relocate the spool, so I bought some longer PTFE tubes. I bent the tub by hand, and my first test run actually had too much ...
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How to make a printer bed vibrate using g-code (heated chemical stirrer)?

I was just about to start using my 3D printers heated bed to warm a chemical reaction in a container and was thinking it would be great to be able to get the bed stepping back and forth to stir the ...
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3D printer manufacturers - sales statistics

Are there any statistics regarding how many units each manufacturer has sold, e.g. in 2019? An article from 2016 claims Monoprice to have led the market back then - but all of the printers in that ...
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Drift and stuttering on prints

I stopped using my Monoprice Maker Ultimate (re-branded Wanahao Duplicator 6) for a couple of weeks and am getting a seemingly random drift with all my prints now when re-attempting printing. I also ...
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My 3D printer hotend always jams

I've just built my first 3D printer. It uses a Bowden setup. When I try to print the extruder starts fine, but after a few seconds the extruder motor start skipping and the nozzle is jammed. I ...
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What is the melting temperature of a 3D printed part?

Here is the context I've got an old car for which I have a small plastic piece who is broken. As it's an old car and a very specific piece, I can't find it anymore. So I was thinking about 3D printing ...
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Printing straight from the browser

Are there any browser extensions or printers with OctoPrint built in that would allow me to print straight from the browser? Thinking of a workflow like this: Make something with Tinkercad (or other ...
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What are the tradeoffs of a cantilever printer design?

There are several cantilever-style printers around like some DIYs (2018), the TronXY-X1, the Monoprice Select Mini, Tiertime's Cetus line and the 2019 Prusa Minilinks for information, no affiliation. ...
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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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School grant proposal

I've been asked to come up with a grant proposal for a new 3D printer. My question is: What supporting components and training would be most beneficial to support educational use in a K-8 school? ...
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Can a 3D printer make a 3D printer?

Could you use a 3D printer to make a 3D printer's parts? What is the most of a 3D printer that can be made this way? Could parts that break be replaced this way?
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Ambient Temperature Range for Printer Storage/Usage

I've just joined the 3D Printing world and am patiently waiting for my printer to come in next week. I've been thinking about keeping my printer in the garage so that it stays out of the way of every ...
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Considerations when pausing a print job

Some prints take a long time and, as I'm not in a workshop, I need to pause the print sometimes. Are there any special considerations I should take when pausing, or can I literally just click pause, ...
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Adding a custom printer to Cura

I'm trying to enter the settings into Cura for the printer. The manual has a screenshot of what they should be: However, when I run Cura and try to enter the settings I'm presented with different ...
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Custom 3D printer printing dimensions has changed because of a .gcode file

A couple weeks before, I bought a custom 3D printer that has an Ultimaker 2 motherboard in it. However, the dimensions of the printer is not same with Ultimaker 2 (X and Y same, a bit smaller on Z). ...
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What printer should I consider for printing microfluidic channels? [closed]

I am looking to purchase a 3D printer for the fabrication of microfluidics. I am looking for a printer that can print channels with less than 200 µm cross-sections, preferably, can print ...
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3d print lean in Y-axis

I have made a custom 3d printer with ramps electronics. I have printed benchy(ship) well, but when i try to print any thing with tooth(spiral vase), gears(bearing), or circle(rocket), Y-axis skip ...
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3d printer not printing circles correctly

I am having issue with my new printer it is not printing circles correctly although I have change firmware and stepping of motor advise if anyone know the solution.
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What should I consider before buying a 3D printer?

I am currently looking to buy a 3D printer. I've done some research about which technologies and materials they use. I've seen some models seems good so far but my concern is 'Are they mechanically ...
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Weird ripping and warping of ABS print

I print my ABS at: 240 °C; with a bedtemp of 80 °C; 5 % rectilinear infill; 0.25 mm layer height; 2 solid layers top and bottom; Fan is completely disabled; 0.25 mm extrusion width; 50 mm/s ...
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Which 3D printer is good for beginners? [closed]

I was looking for some advice on which 3D printers are good for someone who is just getting into 3D printing? I have been looking at the Anet A8 on ebay but not sure if they are any good or not. ...
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Noise Reduction

I am looking for methods to reduce the amount of noise produced by my CR-10. I have the printer in my downstairs study and if I'm doing a long print job, you can hear it upstairs in my son's bedroom ...
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Low Filament Sensor for Creality CR-10? [closed]

I have been playing with my CR-10 for about a month now and I was wondering if there is a low filament sensor available for the CR10. I found this listing on Amazon, Creality 3D Printer CR-10 S4 ...
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Why do 3D Printers Suck? Please share your user experience [closed]

I'm working with a group at the MIT Launch startup accelerator for high school and I was hoping to do some market research regarding some of the current problems with desktop 3D printers. I was hoping ...
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My anet a2 auto-homes incorrectly

I just made my anet a2, and when I hit auto-home it goes off the board makes a loud clacking sound going down a bit (under the heat bed but off to the side). Any suggestions?
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White PLA prints frequently have rough sidewalls near top of the print

This has happened a few times whenever I print with the white PLA (Hatchbox 1.75 mm). It seems that the print job produces smooth sidewalls for most of the part but at a certain point and above, the ...
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How does a 3D printer print itself given the huge size?

How can this be done given that the object to be printed is the same size as itself? In the CubePro printers that I have used before, the object to be printed is inside some kind of glass panel. Only ...
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What are the downsides and aftereffects of using a smaller nozzle?

A lot of consumer desktop F.D.M. printers comes with a 0.4mm nozzle. I'm looking to print fine details objects and I was considering trying to use a smaller size nozzle. But before I do so I would ...
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How to properly read dimensions for a 3D printer?

I'm trying to find the correct way to read and understand the dimensions of a 3D printer. For example, if I read the following dimensions for the Robo 3D R1 Plus as 10x9x8 Inch - I want to know what ...
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Needing a simple fix for loading TPU

My question is... Is there a SIMPLE/easy way to load TPU without tearing my printer apart to insert a hose that probably wont work anyways. It keeps curling up by the cog. I have read a few topics in ...
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What are some cheaper versions of Multi Jet 3D printing?

I noticed 3Dsystems has Multi Jet 3D printing where wax is used provide support and give users with high resolution 3D printed objects. I was wondering if there were cheaper and smaller Multi Jet 3D ...
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How often should I replace the glue layers on the bed?

I am printing on a non-heated bed right now, but the question also applies to heated building plates. How often should you replace the glue layers that's supposed to be applied before printing? Some ...
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Not Heated Build Plate Glue Amount and Dry Duration

Background: I am using the Flux Delta 3d Printer, and it arrived with a glue stick. Now on their forums it said to apply 2 layers of glue and let it dry, there's supposed to be a link there on how ...
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What is the least expensive 3D printer? [closed]

What is the least expensive 3D printer available today? I am looking for something suitable for general use in a home office.
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3D printing using OctoPrint on Linux Ubuntu desktop

I'm trying to set up OctoPrint on my Linux Ubuntu 16.04 desktop to work with my Micro3D printer. The printer works fine on Mac and Windows: I've installed OctoPrint with the M3D Fio Plugin Manager. I ...
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Solidoodle 4 voltage requirements

I have a solidoodle 4 and have blown the power supply . Long and the short of it is I am trying to modify a Xbox 1 power supply to fulfill the need. I am measuring he voltage at the output and its 14....
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Best cheap 3D printer, using FDM, with large print volume? [closed]

What are people's opinions on the most affordable 3D printer with a large print volume, of 200mm x 200mm x 180mm minimum, with a good quality over 100 microns?
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Printing insoles

I would like to make custom insoles for my wife. This company makes a flexible filament that will be soft to stand on: http://recreus.com/en/ I do not currently own a printer. How can I measure her ...
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How to cut OpenBeam/MakerBeam?

I'm building a 3D printer and I've been looking around for materials suitable to make the frame. I have occasional access to a laser cutter which I could use to manufacture a ply box-type (UltiMaker) ...
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Does anyone have a Simplify3D configuration file for a Lulzbot TAZ 5 with a 0.5mm nozzle?

I've been searching, but I'm coming up empty-handed. They have a file for the TAZ with the 0.35mm nozzle, but I'm not certain if I can just change the nozzle size and be done with it.
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What is the cheapest 3D printer that you can get right now? [closed]

What is the cheapest (desktop) 3D printer that you can get right now? Is there a current price list (with different vendors)?
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How small can I expect FDM 3d printers to print?

I was wondering if this printer(daVinci 1.0) had the ability to print very small objects, like insects, coins, or small nuts. (About the size of 1 -2 cubic centimeters) Here is a link to the printer ...
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How to create a web-based PHP that can print to multiple printer(when idle) using silent printing

The print job connect to the database. When there is an idle printer, the print job directly goes to it. It need to connect with print server too. How do i start? Can someone help me... Thank you.
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What are the pros and cons of collecting parts yourself, versus getting a DIY kit and then modifying it?

I'm thinking about buliding my own 3D printer from scratch. Is it better to buy a starter DIY kit and try to build your printer around it, or to order separate parts for printer, and then to combine ...
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