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Can a 3D printer make a 3D printer?

Yes, you can print most of the parts (electronics, linear guide rails, ball bearings and nuts and bolts, etc cannot be printed). Actually this was exactly the purpose of RepRap.org: RepRap is ...
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What is the melting temperature of a 3D printed part?

The number you're looking for is the glass transition temperature (the lowest temperature at which the material can flow or warp), not the melting point. This depends on what material you're using; ...
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What is the melting temperature of a 3D printed part?

Depending on the exact mechanical load and material used to print, you might get away with 100 °C. Next to the melting temperature required to print the material (which will always be ...
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What is the least expensive 3D printer?

Depends on your definition of "available" and your definition of "suitable for general use." The cheapest 3D printers are mostly Kickstarter promises that take a year or more to ship, if they ever ...
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How to cut OpenBeam/MakerBeam?

Aluminum of almost every grade is very easy to cut with a hacksaw. I would suggest to mark clearly the cut line and to wrap masking tape at the edge of the cut. Consider to allow for about 2-3 ...
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Noise Reduction

I do know about your budget, but I would suggest to buy a silent 3d printer like Prusa i3 mk3 which is about $1k. If you decide to tinker your printer instead than take a look on other possibilities: ...
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3d printer not printing circles correctly

Possible causes for the printer not printing correct dimensions: Incorrect number of steps/mm in firmware settings Belts are not tight enough Pulley slips on the shaft Looking at the picture, I ...
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Can a 3D printer make a 3D printer?

Yes, printers can print printer parts. With the right design, all non-metal/non-electronic parts can be printed on an FDM printer, and a laser-sintering based printer (SLS/DMLS) can even produce metal ...
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Can a 3D printer make a 3D printer?

Can a 3D printer make a 3D printer? Not without a bunch of other parts Could you use a 3D printer to make 3D printers parts? To some extent. What is the most of a 3D printer that can be built ...
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Why do 3D printers have only one limit switch?

In principle you only need the minimum axis position (or the maximum), the offset to the bed and the size of the bed in the direction of the axes. Fortunately, you can specify this in the firmware: E....
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What are the pros and cons of collecting parts yourself, versus getting a DIY kit and then modifying it?

A few months ago I bought a cheap (220 USD) Prusa i3 kit from China and put it together. Putting it together was fun and still a bit of a challenge. It was also nice to have pre-configured firmware ...
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Considerations when pausing a print job

If you keep the head hot during the pause, and over the print, you will melt the material already deposited. If you move to X0 Y0 (like on a layer change) and pause there, you can cool off the head (...
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3D printer manufacturers - sales statistics

Getting this data is not easy. Many companies that make 3D printers are either private companies that do not report results or are larger companies where 3D printers are one of many products they ...
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Advantages dual extruders FDM printer over a single extruder printer?

As an owner of a dual extruder printer, an independent dual extruder machine (IDEX), I can shed a bit of light on the topic. One of the better features of an IDEX but not necessarily capable of the ...
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How often should I replace the glue layers on the bed?

Depends on the glue and on your tolerance for messy undersides on your prints. It's fairly common for some of the glue to come off with the print. Or you may have marks from scrapers or rafts. Do you ...
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White PLA prints frequently have rough sidewalls near top of the print

If you want to change settings on some area of your part check out modifier meshes in Slic3r. It looks like to0 much heat is delivered when solid infill starts and some melting occurs. See 3D ...
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Noise Reduction

Personally for vibration reduction I use a large mouse pad I cut to size, but I'd imagine the carpet would perform just fine. I would also recommend enclosing your printer (this had the most profound ...
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Noise Reduction

I use a paving block with rubber feet underneath it on the floor. It is very effective: The 3D printer is sitting right beside a door, and you can't hear it printing from the other side of the door. ...
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What is the melting temperature of a 3D printed part?

I recommend this video by CNC Kitchen, as it shows an interesting, accurate and detailed, side-by-side comparison of heat deformation of custom 3D printed test samples, printed from various materials: ...
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3D printing using OctoPrint on Linux Ubuntu desktop

I just discovered that OctoPrint only reads .gcode files for printing (apparently, unless you have a slicing software embedded in it), so I installed Slic3r separately, and ran ...
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How does a 3D printer print itself given the huge size?

3D printers obviously do not print themselves. 3D printers are sometimes used to make parts for other 3D printers, and this is what is meant by "self-replicating" 3D printers (which is a bit of a ...
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What are the downsides and aftereffects of using a smaller nozzle?

Here are some things to look out for when switching to a smaller nozzle size: Curling (out of the nozzle): Make sure the nozzle is clear of any debris to avoid the extruded filament from catching and ...
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Why do 3D Printers Suck? Please share your user experience

First, regarding "Why do 3D Printers Suck?" - The answer is They Don't! Every tool has its limitations and you need to work withing the limitations of the tool. Second, there are A LOT of different ...
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Low Filament Sensor for Creality CR-10?

TL;DR You need to have the version 2.x controller board (and the associated CR-10S firmware) to use the filament sensor. If you do not then you will need to upgrade your controller board. Board ...
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Noise Reduction

Change DRV8825 / A49nn series on board stepper driver with Trinamics TM2100 ( in silentChop mode) will make your step motors almost silent. They are outstanding. But there are couple of disadvantages:...
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Considerations when pausing a print job

Pausing a print: A vital aspect to anyone who tries to do something advanced with 3d printing. There are three (3) things: Never pause over the print. Your pause "script" should lift the head up ...
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What are the tradeoffs of a cantilever printer design?

Cantilever printers constrain the X-axis carriage only on one side and have a free hanging side. This means, that the X-beam has to be rather sturdy and is limited in length, making them usually quite ...
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What is the melting temperature of a 3D printed part?

I only use an ingeo 850 or 870 PLA that have different melting temp and more resistant the normal PLA. It's a lot easier to print with a normal desktop consumer printer then ABS or NYLON Doesn't have ...
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Needing a simple fix for loading TPU

Loading TPU/TPE can be particularly challenging because many printer loading scripts run too fast for the soft flexible filament to effectively purge whatever normal filament you were using before. A ...
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Not Heated Build Plate Glue Amount and Dry Duration

As a fellow Flux Delta owner, I can answer this question with certainty. Two layers is sufficient. Be sure to consider the size of the model being printed and the additional area covered if you are ...
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