My 3D Printer
Bought my first 3D Printer out of curiosity, from Amazon, just to help me understand 3D Printing technology.
What may amaze you, is that I learned the operation of the 3D printer by creating (designing) my own 3D printing models, with AutoCAD 2010. I have been drawing solid models for several years and I was not aware that these (.dwg) files. for the solid models
could easily be converted to ( .stl) files by adding “3dprint” to the COMMAND line located at the bottom left corner of the AutoCAD screen .
This file is then applied to a special program called The Replicator, that creates a “gCode ” file .
That’s the easy part. The most important process in 3D Printing, is securing the model to the printing table. There are many suggestions on the internet regarding that issue. Tried several suggestions that did not work well for me. What works best, is applying the sticky side of a 6×9 painter’s blue sheet to the surface of the 3D printer’s build plate. Level the build plate and you’re set to print the model.
This 4×5 piggy bank took 8 hours to print. Yes, this is 3D printing.