Posted On: 2016-04-23 14:37:27 ; Read: 573 time(s)

3D Printing Guide for Beginners by Dilanka on AstroPrint

Useful tips about 3D printers, 3D printing software and 3D printing materials for anyone who wants to master 3D printing


Are you curious about 3D printing? Do you want to learn how to use this incredible technology in your life and impress your friends? Well, with modern 3D printers and software this may not be an issue at all. 3D printers are becoming more affordable on a daily basis and programs for 3D modelling and preparing your files for 3D printing are available for free and can be mastered in days or even just in a few hours! Anyone can turn into a designer, artist, 3D printing guru! Both machines and software are quite intuitive and user-friendly. But if you really want to get into 3D printing, you’ll need software that’s expensive and hard to learn and that was usually one of the obstacles for more people becoming involved in additive manufacturing in general.

However, there’s an online platform that provides all or at least - most of all things one could possibly need to learn and master the whole 3D-modelling-printing process. This online platform is called AstroPrint and that’s certainly a space on the Internet everyone interested in 3D printing should visit. And once you visit it, you’ll probably spend quite a lot of time there. That’s the place where one can learn almost anything about 3D printing applications, devices, design, ptinting, materials…


At AstroPrint there’s so much information about people who are making their first 3D printing attempts and perhaps one of the most useful post we’ve come across recently is Dilanka’s “guide” for 3D printing beginners - “The Ultimate 3D Printing Cheat Sheet”. The post that promises to be updated and loaded with more info starts with tips about choosing the right 3D printer for you. Of course, if you have decided to buy one, you’d probably want to make your own research and maybe a good tip here is to check out the 3D Hubs Printer Guide and get an overall idea of which are the most popular brands, which machines have the features you want and what are their advantages and possible issues.


After obtaining a 3D printer and set it up, after you’ve downloaded and 3D printed some designs available online (on platforms such as Thingiverse, STLFinder, MyMiniFactory), etc., you’d probably want to make some modifications in available files. For this sake, Dilanka offers you to use popular slicing programs such as Cura, Simplify3D, Slic3r, etc. Of course, you’d better have another software that is helpful when you need to fix something in files you’ve downloaded and that’s Blender. You can use this quite intuitive program for actual modelling, Other preferred softwares among the 3D printing community are OnShape, FreeCAD, TinkerCad, Rhino3D and, of course, Autodesk 123D.

The post continues with info about 3D printing materials, forums and communities that are useful for anyone who wants to master 3D printing!

3D Printing Guide for Beginners by Dilanka on AstroPrint