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Gadget, Da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D Printer
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OLD ARTICLE, IN NEED OF UPDATING… Introduction to 3D Printers
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* This article is Royce E. Barber's basic notes and research on 3D printing. Jan 21, 2015.
* 3D Printing means:
* Related Articles at roycebarber.com: 3D Pens. Fresno IdeaWorks. Fabrication. CNC Machines. Build a House. 3D Movies. Welding. Sewing. Basics of zBrush. Boards. Rope & Thread. Multipurpose Tools.
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Royce's Experience
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* I bought my first 3D printer in late 2015. The Da Vinci Junior 1.0 in Tangerine (Not wifi). I love it!
* I've had 8 objects 3D printed from different companies. It took a lot of research to find a low cost method, which was a local guy with a 3D printer. Two companies printed a slightly wrong size. One printed a little sloppy. Two companies had month long wait before shipping. So, go locally and save a lot of time and money. Also, 3D printing websites are very finicky about your file extension, so you'll likely need a 3D converting software, and some of those are fake so read reviews. “Autodesk FBX” converts some files. Users of Sketchup will need Sketchup's free exporting plugin.
* Autodesk FBX: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?siteID=123112&id=22694909
* Sketchup Exporting Plugin: https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/sketchup-stl
* About two other free conversion apps are out there, I'll list them when I find the link.
* Costs: Objects I printed were about $10.00 USD per inch. The costs depends on 1.) How much space the object takes in the 3D printer, and 2.) How much plastic the object uses. My objects were hollow, which is vital. Solid objects would cost a fortune.
* You can get your object printed in plain plastic, or more exotic materials like wood and metal are extremely expensive.
* The software I used was Sketchup, because it's easy to learn and free. But Sketchup doesn't export to many 3D-printer file types. There are other programs you can import your 3D file into, but you'll need to get a feel for how they are used.
* The bottom of my objects had a quarter-coin size flat area, to enable them to stick to the sometimes-heated base of the 3D printer. This keeps the object from sliding around. Sliding around would instantly ruin the 3D print.
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Preparing an Object for Printing
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* Your printing software expects an exact file format, as does your respective 3D printer. Importing any ol' 3D object into a 3D printing software, may not always be precise.
* Overhanging or protruding parts of your object need supports so they don't fall or droop. Some 3D printers may account for this.
* The 3D printer wishes to be aligned before every print. The distance between the print head and the table platform, must be exact.
* Large or detailed objects obviously take many more hours to print, and more plastic.
* Consumer 3D printers can't print a squishy ball of reflective wet growing slippery rainbow hair. Your 3D object must be simplified, with all layers merged into one object.
* Convert your game object to be 3d-printer-friendly. Removing color or photos, managing your file size, and cutting the object into pieces your printer can manage.
* Print a hollow object, lined with honeycomb walls to be rigid. Printing a big sculpture of solid plastic is an expensive waste.
* After printing, the plastic needs time to cool or set. Later you can detail, sand, paint, carve away supports, or wash away any water-soluble (melting) material. Some people make a silicon mold of their 3D print, to create a metal car part.
* 3D printers aren't perfect, so check the printing process periodically. Some prints fall over.
* Parts and Tools Needed: 3D Printer, Plastic Filament, PC with Printer Software, Power, Many Hours, Trial and Error, Printer Adjustment Screwdrivers, (and more to be added to this list).
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Common Misconceptions
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* False: “I'll just buy any ol' 3D printer and print out a ton of stuff for cheap on the first day!” No…there is a lot more to it than that. Carefully research, and learn as you go.
* False: “I have to own a 3D printer, and print all alone”. Nope, there are likely local people to print your 3D files.
* False: “My local colleges only let students use the printers.” Truth: Many communities are begging for help to learn and teach 3D printing.
* False: “3D printers are for rich and connected people”.
* False:“3D printers are hard to learn, and time consuming”.
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3D Printer Locations and Education
* Mail Order services. Google searches. College Campuses and Classes. Hundreds of YouTube Videos. Wikipedia. Written publications. 3D printing blogs. Visits to a 3D Printer Business. Contacting the 3D printer manufacturers. Websites of Manufacturers of 3D Printers.
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Misc Notes
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3D Design Software
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For 3D Design software information, please see my MudBox article here.
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3D Scanning Procedures
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* Agisoft photoscan can turn photos into a realistic 3D model.
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Fresno California's 3D Printer Services
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* Fresno City College have access to the school’s four 3D printers.
* Fresno State University.
* Select Office Depo stores in Fresno/Clovis have a Cube 3D printer. Usage is unknown.
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Links for Fresno CA
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* YellowPages (one service listed): http://www.yellowpages.com/fresno-ca/3d-printing
* Fresno State University: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/lylescenter/programs-services/makerbot.html
* MakeXYZ Location Listing: http://www.makexyz.com/3dprinters/Fresno-Ca?ll=36d8381393l-119d829443
* Fresno City College News Article: http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/technology/5556-3d-printing
* Fresno Ideaworks's Focus Group: https://www.facebook.com/events/589543111128940
* Fresno IdeaWorks: https://www.facebook.com/FresnoIdeaworks
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International Links
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* 3D Printing Community: Different kinds of printers… http://makezine.com/2015/03/10/cartesian-delta-polar-common-3d-printers/
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* Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fused_deposition_modeling
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* Autodesk FBX: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?siteID=123112&id=22694909
* Sketchup Exporting Plugin: https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/sketchup-stl
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tech/gadget_da_vinci_junior_1.0_3d_printer.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/21 03:10 by reb