My 3D Printer
Bought my firstÂ 3D Printer out of curiosity, from Amazon, justÂ to help me understandÂ 3D Printing technology.
Â What may amaze you, is thatÂ IÂ learned the operation of the 3D printer by creating (designing) my own 3D printing Â models, with AutoCAD 2010.Â I have been drawing solid models for several years and I was not aware thatÂ these Â (.dwg)Â files.Â Â for theÂ solid models
could easily Â beÂ converted toÂ ( .stl) Â filesÂ Â Â by addingÂ “3dprint“Â to the COMMANDÂ lineÂ locatedÂ at the bottom left corner of the AutoCAD screenÂ .Â
This file is then applied to a special program called The Replicator, that creates a “gCode “Â Â file .
That’s the easy part.Â The most important processÂ inÂ 3D Printing, is securing the model to the printing table.Â There areÂ many suggestions on the internet regarding that issue. TriedÂ several suggestions that did not work well for me.Â Â What works best, is applying the sticky side of a 6×9 painter’s blue sheet to Â the surface of the 3D printer’s build plate.Â Â Level the build plate and you’reÂ set to print the model.