Intro to 3D Printing

Selecting a 3D Printer

• Consider these factors: Quality of design and construction, proven reliability. Price and the print volume you’re after. Smaller printers are typically 7x7x7, medium printers around 9x9x9 or so and larger printers 12x12x12 and up. Most available models and most projects can be covered with a medium sized printer.

• For a beginner printer on a budget the Bambu A1 Mini is an easy recommendation for #250-$300. For a larger printer consider the Bambu A1 (add the 4 color option) and the Prusa Mk4. For more deluxe printers consider the Bambu X1 Carbon which is capable of handling more challenging materials like ABS and Nylon. For very low cost printers consider the Sovol SV06

Bambu Lab https://bambulab.com/en-us

Prusa Printers https://www.prusa3d.com

Materials for 3D Printing

As mentioned the talk, we’ve finally reached the point where most filament available is good quality. I recommend starting out with PLA filament. Once comfortable add PETG to your list of must have materials. For more indestructible filament use ABS and/or ASA. But, ABS is highly temperature sensitive, has special considerations and your printer must use an enclosure. ASA is like that but to a lesser degree. Finally, add TPU which is rubbery and flexible.

Amazon is a good source for filament. Remember: Start out by using PLA. Though pretty don’t start out using Silk filament or filament with any additives.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=filament+pla&crid=33MZSN19ITOIG&sprefix=filament+pla%2Caps%2C204&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

Brands available on Amazon I prefer are Polymaker, Overture, Sun. Lower priced filament of good quality consider Elegoo and Sunlu

2. YouTube Sources for Learning About 3D printing…

All of these are excellent sources for more 3D information.

Made With Layers https://www.youtube.com/@MadeWithLayers

CNC Kitchen https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiczXOhGpvoQGhOL16EZiTg

3D Printing Nerd https://www.youtube.com/@3DPrintingNerd

Maker’s Muse https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxQbYGpbdrh-b2ND-AfIybg

Teaching Tech https://www.youtube.com/@TeachingTech

Sources for Free 3D models you can print

These models available here are most often free. Sometimes there are a few premium designs available at a small cost

Thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com

Printables https://www.printables.com

Maker World https://makerworld.com/en

Thangs https://thangs.com