3D Printing Tips for Beginners


Let us be honest. 3D printing for beginners can be quite complicated. Those who have just bought their first 3D printing machines are faced with various challenges. It’s the question of getting reliable 3D printed results. Fortunately, there are many tips from 3D printing experts that can help the amateur users.
  1. Know that 3D printing at home is still not yet ready for an average user despite the promotion that many brands want you to believe. There are only few 3D printers that are designed to work out of the box. Take note, most of the times, kits can be confusing and tricky. And in the event you get lucky enough and found one that can work out of the box, you will still have to surpass complicated problems sooner or later and that would take considerable time, aside from being nerve-consuming. So the key, be inventive and patient.
  2. Do not focus too much on a single issue. 3D machines are complicated, and a problem might arise any minute. A slipping filament may not only be caused by a "bad" hobbed bolt or driving system, but also by an obstructed nozzle, a wrong feed value, a too low (or too high) temperature...or a combination of all these! Learn the basic rule, if you abused your machine, never ever expect great results. Abuse can be in the form of raising the temperature or the flow rate. You have to start using your 3D printer with a low temperature as well as low speed and slowly learn the basics of the settings. You’ll find out later that each filament has its own best set of values. Knowing these details can help make your 3D printing experience a huge win.
  3. Do not ever use a badly calibrated printer. There are printers that were not properly tuned. Never settle for the price as an indicator of a good quality or not printer. Look if everything is square. Check if the pulleys and belts are working well and not in lose condition, and most important, if the bed is level. 
Although at first time, these things are hard to recognize, experience and enough practice can make you knowledgeable enough to realize if something went wrong with your 3D printing.