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What are the pros and cons of collecting parts yourself, versus getting a DIY kit and then modifying it?

From a general point of view, there are a few things to consider. If you buy a kit: Pros: You get some insurance that you have all the parts that you need to get a functional printer - all the ...
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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 criteria do I need to be aware of when buying a 3D printer for personal use?

Here are few things to consider from my point of view Printing technology The first thing that you need to take into account is printing technology. The most common[citation needed] right now is ...
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How many times printed printer can print it-self?

The files used to print these objects are digital, and do not degrade in any way after each printing. There are no side effects or degradation that occurs over time due simply to printing them ...
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How to achieve dimensional accuracy of printed parts

Unfortunately, different firmwares and different slicers require different calibration techniques! There's a lot of software-specific advice out there, like printing a single-wall calibration box and ...
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How to automate printing of multiple parts continuously?

The only thing I can think of off hand is an old mod for the early MakerBot machines. It first was released for the Thing-O'-Matic I believe, but is compatible with Replicator 1 machines (and its ...
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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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How to achieve dimensional accuracy of printed parts

I think the best way to go about this would be to calibrate your printer and slicer as best you can. One of my pet peeves is when people upload STLs that have been adjusted to fit their printer/...
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What are the pros and cons of collecting parts yourself, versus getting a DIY kit and then modifying it?

I built my first printer from scratch, though it's fairly similar to an oversize MendelMax 2. It was a good learning experience, but very frustrating at times. Overall, I think I'm glad I did it that ...
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How small can I expect FDM 3d printers to print?

1) If we're talking about FFF/FDM printers: Accuracy of the electronics and motors allows it, yes. But how FDM printers work it might be very hard to lay down layers of molten plastic so small as to ...
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How to print edible food?

You cannot print edible models using a "standard" consumer 3D printer without first installing an "hot end" capable of depositing edible - normally thicker - substances as well as a suitable extruder ...
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How to achieve dimensional accuracy of printed parts

I think it's important to remember that a 3D printer is both an R&D tool and a piece of manufacturing equipment. As such, we should treat it and it's process similarly to other pieces of ...
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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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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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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 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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How small can I expect FDM 3d printers to print?

Strictly by looking at the technical specifications of an FDM printer, there are a few things to note regarding the maximum print quality you can expect to achieve: The minimum layer height - here ...
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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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How to automate printing of multiple parts continuously?

An option that might be feasible for some situations (depending on your setup) is Sequential Printing - a feature provided by some slicing software, for instance Slic3r. In short, this allows you to ...
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How to minimize damage when removing an ABS print from a heated glass print bed?

I moved to a plain glass heated bed with a brush applied acetone and ABS mixture. Using an old emptied nail polish bottle with brush, I added some acetone and then threw in ABS pieces until it reached ...
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Are there any methods of limiting exposure of hazardous fumes and odors emitted by heating the plastics?

Using negative pressure ventilation and a suitable organic filter will limit your exposure to toxic compounds, but won't completely remove them from your environment. Enclose your printer in as air-...
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How many times printed printer can print it-self?

The reprap printers have often been compared to plants, providing fruits to you and the possibility to reproduce themselves. This analogy holds in both good and bad ways. Any life form can reproduce ...
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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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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 to print edible food?

MakerBot Industries had a mod available for their early open source machines called the Frostruder. It was basically a syringe connected to your print head. I saw this in action at the University of ...
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How to print edible food?

You can, but that doesn't mean it's very easy. You don't have to buy a special printer, but you need a special extruder (such as http://www.structur3d.io/). Most of these systems can print anything ...
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