Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer

Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer

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Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer by Charles Bell is your guide to keeping your 3D printer running through preventive maintenance, repair, and diagnosing and solving problems in 3D printing. If youa€™ve bought or built a 3D printer such as a MakerBot only to be confounded by jagged edges, corner lift, top layers that arena€™t solid, or any of a myriad of other problems that plague 3D printer enthusiasts, then here is the book to help you get past all that and recapture the joy of creative fabrication. The book also includes valuable tips for builders and those who want to modify their printers to get the most out of their investment. Good fabrication begins with calibration. Aligning the print bed to support deposition of medium in three dimensions is critical. Even off-the-shelf machines that are pre-built must be aligned and periodically realigned throughout their life cycle. Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer helps you achieve and hold proper alignment. Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer also helps with software and hardware troubleshooting. Youa€™ll learn to diagnose and solve firmware calibration problems, filament and feed problems, chassis issues, and more. Finally there are regular maintenance and enhancements. Youa€™ve invested significantly in your 3D printer. Protect that investment using the guidance in this book. Learn to clean and lubricate your printer, to maintain the chassis, and know when realignment of the print bed is needed. Learn ways to master your craft and improve the quality of your prints through such things as post-print finishing and filament management. Dona€™t let the challenges of 3D printing stand in the way of creativity. Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer by Charles Bell helps you conquer the challenges and get the most benefit from your expensive investment in personal fabrication. What youa€™ll learn Achieve proper calibration through aligning your print bed in three dimensions Choose the best filament and media to use in different types of projects Diagnose software issues such as problem STL files and calibration errors in firmware Extend the life and accuracy of your device by keeping up with regular maintenance Contribute your own, successful 3D models back to the community Enhance quality through filament management, the addition of hot ends, and more Who this book is for Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer by Charles Bell is aimed at owners of MakerBot and similar 3D printing devices. If you own such a machine, and especially if youa€™ve ever been frustrated in getting it to perform and deliver on a design that youa€™ve created, then this book has been written with you in mind. Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer is written to help you troubleshoot and diagnose the many problems commonly encountered in the field of personal fabrication. Table of Contents Part One: Getting Started 1. Introduction to 3D Printing 2. Building a 3D Printer 3. Configuring the Software 4. Printer Calibration 5. Printing for the First Time Part Two: Troubleshooting 6. Solving Hardware Issues 7. Axis and Chassis Problems 8. Solving Software Issues Part Three: Maintenance and Enhancements 9. Regular Maintenance 10. Periodic Maintenance 11. Enhancements Part Four: Mastering Your Craft 12. Working with Objects 13. Taking it to the Next Step Appendix: Common Problems and SolutionsAesthetics are sometimes employed so that the printer itself resembles more of a household appliance and less of a mash-up of a blender and a lawnmower.13 13Which is precisely what my first 3D printer looked like. If you are buying aanbsp;...

Title:Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your 3D Printer
Author:Charles Bell
Publisher:Apress - 2014-08-27


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