3D printing Course : 3D Printing for Beginners

3D printing Course : 3D Printing for Beginners

Overview of the Topics to be Discussed

These are the topics we will address in the 3D printing beginners' lesson

  • 3D models designs and slicing software 
  • Setting up Ender 3 v3 SE
  • Perfecting the first layer of your print
  • Selecting a correct filament

1. 3D Model and Slicing

  •  Create or Find a Design

The initial stage of 3D printing usually commences on a computer, where you create your design utilizing 3D design software , commonly known as CAD (computer-aided design) software. Beginners can access free 3D models readily available on thingiverse.com, offering over 2 million diverse designs for download. To design your own creations, Tinkercad provides an excellent platform to explore, featuring built-in tutorials on its website.

 

  •  Export the STL File

After creating or selecting a design from the website, you will need to download the file which is usually in STL file format. The STL file contains the information about your 3D object concept.

 

  • Create the G-code

Finally, you'll import the STL file into slicing software like Ultimaker Cura. This free slicing software will transform the data from the STL file into G-code format, a precise set of instructions tailored for the printer to read. The G-code file contains instructions such as print speed, layer height, infill density and various other settings which the 3D printer interprets during the printing process. These settings can all be adjusted within Ultimaker Cura, which will affect the printing time and quality of your end product.

 

 2. Setting up 3D printer

Setting up the Ender 3 v3 SE entails 3 primary steps. 

  • Install the Gantry
  • Install the Display Screen
  • Install the Filament holder

Installing the 3D printer typically requires around 20-30 minutes, largely because many of the parts come pre-installed.

Feel free to click on this link for the complete video tutorial on setting up the Ender 3 v3 SE.

 

3. Perfecting First Layer

Bed leveling involves calibrating the parallelism and height between the printer nozzle and the bed to ensure a solid foundation for the first layer of your print. 
The Ender 3 v3 SE features an auto bed leveling system, significantly saving time compared to older models like the Ender 3 v1, where manual bed leveling is required.

 4. Selecting the correct Filament

The choice of material, also known as filament, for your print depends on various factors:

Do you desire flexibility in your object?

Is heat resistance a requirement?

Does it need to possess high durability?

Typically, beginners often begin with PLA. This is due to its cost-effectiveness and ease of printing with standard configurations. Depending on your project's requirements, PLA can serve as an excellent introductory material. You may check out the different filaments from this filament link.

 5. Commencing 3D Printing

Copy the G-code file onto the SD card, insert the card into the printer, and access the file for printing. The printer will systematically fabricate the object, building it layer by layer. The duration of the process varies depending on factors such as the object's size, G-code setting during slicing and your printer's specifications, and the chosen materials, ranging from minutes to several hours to complete the job. HIgher spec models like ender 3 v3 KE can print a lot faster than ender 3 v2 Neo

Completing our 3D printing course

Congratulations, you had completed the masterclass beginners lesson. If you have any inquiries, don't hesitate to click on the chat button located at the bottom right corner of your screen to contact us. 

                        

                                 

            

Here's a discount code for $10 off your purchase for any of our 3D printers "MASTERCLASS."

 

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