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triform
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12/08/2019 10:42 pm  

Since a few of the members are getting printers, I figured I would show the tools I keep to keep it going and clean up prints.

To help make prints stick I use CLEAR glue sticks. No color, just plain old clear.  I use as needed.  If I have a print that doesn't look like it's sticking I will use a little on the print area.  You will have "stickage" issues from time to time or even all the time. This is the best easy to clean way. I find this even for buildtak and surfaced glass beads. 

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Next, are a few tools to make printing easier and better.

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  • Tweezers for nozzle cleaning at the start of the print as well as during a print if needed.
  • Various needles and bit to help with nozzle clogs. 
  • Box cutter razor blade to help get prints free. You carefully slide the blade under a corner or corners and then you can wedge a putty knife under that to pop the print up and not damage the print or you print surface. 
  • Brass wire brushes to clean the nozzle with.
  • A putty knife with a very beveled edge. Only use with the razorblade as it can and will damage your print surface.
  • Side cutters for your filament cutting needs.
  • A small set of files, to help clean up your prints.
  • Various soft fine-grit sanding pads and tools for cleaning and finishing prints.
  • Superglue for print salvaging and fixing.
  • Clear NO-FOAMING Gorilla glue for print edge sealing and finishing. This will make prints a lot stronger.

Tips:

  • Pre-heat your extruder and bed for at least 5mins at the printing temp. Longer if in a colder room.
  • Make sure your bed is level before starting.
  • Clean the excess plastic dribble before it starts the first layer.
  • Use PLA to start with and then later PETG as you get more experience.
  • SAY NO to ABS. It's a pain, it warps, it stinks, it makes you say a lot of bad things.  There are better options like PETG and newer PLA's now.
  • Let your prints cool down to room temp before removing.

Scott

 

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Spyder
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15/08/2019 10:58 pm  

hammertape

Also some painter's tape and a small hammer


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DroneBot Workshop
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15/08/2019 11:06 pm  

@triform

@spyder

Excellent info, thanks for posting this!

BTW, you will notice that I just moved this thread to the new "3D Printing" topic, which didn't exist when you first posted it.

😎

Bill

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Spyder
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15/08/2019 11:19 pm  

@dronebot-workshop

Yes, I did notice. Thank you !

I also wanted to point out that whatever cookie changes you made removed the 502 error, as well as allowed me to post pictures again

I realize the change is in flux, but, I wanted to point that out


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DroneBot Workshop
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15/08/2019 11:28 pm  

@spyder

Actually, I think it is fixed now - I changed a security plugin, the previous one was causing the errors. Glad to hear it is working for you!

Bill

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