3D Printer General Chat

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  1. garfield2k

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    something like that will be fine for pla, petg. prusa is nice but costs a quite a but more. if you really just want to protect from dust can always just get some corflute/cardboard and tape around it to cover it up.

    creality also have an ender 6 which is kind of enclosed, or the ender 7 which looks like it could be enclosed.
     
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  2. apsilon

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    If it's just a dust concern throw a garbage bag over it when it's not in use.
     
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  3. Benno1988

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    Good idea.

    Lets drop the enclosed requirement.

    I don't currently know what pla / petg is.

    I guess I would like to be able to use a fairly durable plastic, what that means as far as printers, zero idea.
     
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    PLA/PETG are thermal plastics, used to make filaments. PLA the easier to print with, consider your requirements and decide which to select. For most part, I have been using PLA with great effect, if you need other properties, look at PETG, Nylon-CF, PC, etc….but getting into PC and PEEK and other plastics, well, you will need a printer that can support higher temperatures.

    Just use google-fu, or ask here, there are pretty experienced guys in this group that can give you guidance re materials vs requirements.
     
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  5. garfield2k

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    ah right, in that case google them but the most used materials are pla, petg and abs. pla and petg are easy enough to print with on any machine really, abs needs to be printed hotter and needs an enclosure otherwise it will warp. for most uses pla and petg should suffice unless you plan on putting it somewhere warm/hot then they tend to deform.
    this is a good guide on the various materials
    https://www.simplify3d.com/support/materials-guide/pla/
     
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    You an buy printer enclosures for reasonably cheap. There is a Creality one but there are others and you can also go DIY if you can be bothered.
    https://all3dp.com/2/3d-printer-enclosure-5-cheap-diy-options/
     
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    $14 for 18pack of nozzles off amazon, actually seem to print ok!

    .6 in the 3max is doing surfaces like glass
     
  8. Benno1988

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    Ordered a Ender 3 V2 with upgraded metal gear things and a better bed. Something something.

    See how I go.

    What software do people mostly draw in?

    I have AutoCAD already...
     
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    I use (or attempt to use) Fustion 360.
    Sketchup is ok although the online/web version is brain dead.
    Tinkercad is a nice easy one to use.
     
  10. mrbean_phillip

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    Of you have Autocad already and know how to use it, it is ok, powerful, but, a lot of work do to the same thing in Fusion, which is easier and faster. Autocad will require you to use something to create stl’s, unless there is a plug-in, Fusion can export directly to stl….stl is one of the file-formats supported by slicers….
     
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    Yooo Geoff, got my Hemera today :) Will look at the EVA effort, might adapt that for my use, as it will be simple to change hot-ends, o have all of them supported by EVA. I will sent Pawel some coin for a couple of coffees. Cheers for the links on that you posted elsewhere, I wasn’t aware of that project ;)
     
  12. apsilon

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    I've only just started on this and am using Fusion360. I've used Sketchup a fair bit before for simple things and furniture plans but I knew it wasn't sufficient for what I wanted to do with 3D printing. So far very happy with Fusion. I've been doing a lot of Youtube tutorials the past month and have learned a tonne. I'm rather impressed with it and know I'm still just scratching the surface.
     
  13. Benno1988

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    I don't mind spending some $$.

    If Fushion 360 is better I'll just go that. Not point slogging away. Aint got time for that
     
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    I use BricsCAD. It started as an AutoCAD like but has far outgrown it.

    3D modelling is hella easy. I only use about 6 commands when I model. So long as you use a modern modeller its easy peasy.

    I reckon 3d parametric and dynamic ucs is really important too. Dynamic ucs will automatically work out the best ucs so you can draw directly on 3d faces without stuffing around with it.

    If you ever get a 3d scanner to make point clouds, bricscad can sort that out too provided the scanner use a decent format like .las

    Can also do things like analyse movement in bricscad so you can identify clashes with any moving parts etc.
     
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    Fusion 360 is free for personal and hobby use. It's missing a couple of features but they're pretty specific so I don't think most will miss them, especially when a normal licence is $600pa.
     
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    I use solidworks :/
     
  17. Benno1988

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    So BrisCad an option.

    Fushion 360 free. Free is good.
     
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    Yeah go the ender. The prusa is way way to expensive for what it offers vs an Ender 3 V2.
     
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    Watching some videos whilst I wait for it in the mail.

    Breif watch it seems there is a modelling stage, the. A program that slices the thing and sends to 3D printer.

    Guessing some modelling programs just have the slicing part built in?
     

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