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Printer Driver Causing Your Printing Issues?

If you are trying to troubleshoot Windows PC printing issues, the printer driver might be the culprit. Like most things in a computer, your printer requires both hardware and software to function. The [more…]

How to Clean a Printer

Whether you have an inkjet or a laser printer, giving it a basic cleaning will keep it printing longer. You don’t have to wait until your printer starts spitting out distorted print or smeared pages to [more…]

How to Fix Your Printer

Sometimes computers stop talking to printers or the printer “freezes.” It's very frustrating because, of course, the printer seizes up only when you're in a hurry. A printer has a lot of mechanical and [more…]

Deciding on a RepRap of Your Own for 3D Printing

When it comes to 3D printing, selecting a RepRap printer for personal use begins with an analysis of your particular need in terms of the type, size and other qualities such as turnkey off-the-shelf or [more…]

Understanding RepRap 3D Printer Control Electronics

A RepRap 3D printer is an example of a purpose-built robot, using the popular open-source Arduino microcontroller at its heart together with stepper motor controllers, motors, and sensors to control its [more…]

Assembling the RepRap Extruder and RepRap Upgrades on a 3D Printer

Once the framework for a 3D printer has been assembled and the electronics selected, the final component needed is the extruder and hot-end that melt and deposit plastic to create your object. The extruder [more…]

Identifying 3D Printer Software and Machine Calibration

The software chain for a RepRap 3D printer begins with the products used to create and prepare the virtual 3D model for printing. However, once an object model has been created or obtained, the model must [more…]

3D Printing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

3D printing starts with a virtual 3D model that is transformed into solid form one layer at a time. Each layer is built on top of the layer before, creating a solid form representing the virtual 3D model [more…]

Capturing a 3D Object Using 123D Catch

Capturing the 3D object model of an existing object can be performed by scanners or using free software available via your web browser that calculate the physical dimensions of the object by comparing [more…]

Preparing Future 3D Designers

3D printers can assist in the preparation of future operators and designers who can make the next generation. To best exploit the capabilities of 3D printers, designers need to think differently. In addition [more…]

Creating a 3D Object Using TinkerCAD

Creating your own 3D object is very easy and can be performed using free software available via your web browser, so you do not have to install anything to get started. For this demonstration, we will [more…]

Bringing About the 3D Printing Revolution

Additive manufacturing starts with a virtual 3D object model that is built in solid form one layer at a time, unlike traditional manufacturing which uses injected material in a pre-formed mold or carving [more…]

10 Options for RepRap 3D Printers' Electronics and Extruders

RepRap 3D printers use the popular open-source Arduino microcontrollers along with stepper motor controllers and motors and sensors for movement control. Some custom 3D printer boards integrate the Arduino's [more…]

How to Craft Personal Storefronts with 3D Printing

Even if you don't have a 3D printer, you could create an online storefront to sell your own designs by taking advantage of services like Ponoko, Shapeways, and iMaterialize. These services have 3D printers [more…]

What is 3D Printing Used For?

A number of different types of additive manufacturing are already available for use in directly manufacturing 3D objects using plastic, resin, metal, and many other types of material. This lends itself [more…]

What You Should Know about RepRap 3D Printer Kits

A kit of ready to use parts can be one of the best ways to start with RepRap 3D printing. You should get all the parts you require, cut to size and ready to assemble. A poor kit includes unlabeled and [more…]

How to Apply Artistic Touches and Personalization with 3D Printing

The ability of 3D Printing to create customized one-off designs or low-volume production runs with minor variations helps to create designs customized to individual characteristics and preferences. This [more…]

How 3D Printing Can Be Used to Deploy Technology to Strategic Locations

Customization with 3D printing goes beyond personalized objects, implants, and clothing to include almost any design for an object or device. Many times, issues are only discovered after a design is already [more…]

How to Use Thermoplastics in 3D Printing

Thermoplastics make up most of the types of filament used in fused deposition modeling. Filament made from thermoplastic materials can be used in 3D printing to create many different colors, even transparent [more…]

How to Use Granular Materials in 3D Printing

Granular materials are used in sintering, melting, and additive applications of binding glues in 3D printing. With them, you can create objects in a wide variety of materials, including glass particles [more…]

Alternative Materials that Can Be Used in 3D Printing

Because the field of additive manufacturing offers application in almost every area of manufacturing and production, alternatives to traditional materials will rapidly follow transitions away from traditional [more…]

How to Design in the Computer for 3D Printing

Until a few years ago, designing 3D models involved computer-aided drafting (CAD) software that required powerful computers and expensive specialized software. For years, CAD was well beyond the capabilities [more…]

How to Scan Objects for 3D Printing

It is possible to capture existing objects into the computer so they can be modified or simply re-created using a 3D printer. This is particularly useful in the case of artwork or other unique formations [more…]

How to Capture Structure from Photographs for 3D Printing

Very high-resolution modeling for computer graphics can be performed using 3D scanners, but to capture objects in motion — such as a runner leaving the starting blocks — requires another technique — [more…]

How to Prepare Models for 3D Printing

A 3D-printable object must have a manifold shape — it must be completely without holes and (in essence) “watertight” to print successfully. A hole though the object is fine, so a 3D-printed doughnut is [more…]


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