Qidi Tech 3d Printer: The best starter printer?

The (#amazon link) Qidi Tech 3d printer is produced by Ruian Qidi technology Co., Ltd ( pronounced cheedy, so I’m told by a foreign language teacher). They have taken the reliable and well proven Makerbot 3d printer technology and improved…

Renren3d LE test print

first test print after much arguing with the auto level and height adjustment almost there little bit more fettling and it should be working properly don’t like the cracking noise – need to investigate that  

Replacing the Bowden tube on a 3d printer

What is the Bowden tube on a 3d printer for? On a 3d printer, to achieve the prints you feed filament to a hotend for extrusion. To achieve this there are two main extruders, bowden and direct. The direct extruder…

3d printing ideas for students

3d printing ideas for students Teaching students is an excellent career, you can use your skills to bring to life your subject – to get the student enthused in your area of expertise. Being able to stand in front of…

3d Printer Anatomy : Introduction

Introduction to the 3d printing process Most people buy a 3d printer, typically a FFF (fused filament fabrication type), after seeing something printed out professionally and after printing something themselves wonder what went wrong.   This is where the 3d printer…

How Much does 3d Printing Cost?

A lot of people when I tell them that I can 3d print items say ‘ that must be expensive to do!’ Now I don’t know whether that is due to the perceived newness of the technology or due to…

Learn how to start 3d printing lithophanes

Lithophanes: what are they? Probably being inspired by the early Chinese Ming vases, the Europeans started to produce pictures in translucent porcelain. These could only be viewed clearly when lit from the back. The word itself comes from a combination…

designing for 3d printing

When designing for 3d printing what do you need to take into account? Overhangs All additive 3d printing material will have a limit to its self support. Typically angles under 45 degrees will require support. Overhangs printed away from the…

3d Printer Project Ideas: Salt Grinder Part 2

This is the Second installment in the 3d printer project ideas: Salt Grinder repair project, if you missed the first part then click here. So the first section dealt with the fact that the salt cellar had broken and I…

3d printer project ideas: salt grinder repair

While looking around for 3d printer project ideas, I had said to myself that I would make, as far as possible, useful bits! So I am starting a series of ‘how to design’ repair parts, how to think  the problem…

How to Clean Your 3d Printer Heated Bed

Note: This how to clean your 3d printer heated bed applies to all print beds. Heated, unheated, glass or tape covered. The excitement builds You download the object of your desires to print. You pass it through your favourite slicer…

How to Clean 3d Printer Nozzle

I have not had my 3d printer for long but it is starting to annoy me. Not printing properly, blobby prints. Not adhering to the base plate. When stationary and up to temperature I pushed the filament through the nozzle…

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