How To 3D Print Something – 5 Easy Ways (Updated Guide for 2022)

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Below you can find out 5 different methods to 3d print something,

Method 1 – How Do I 3D Print Something? 3D Printing Basics

Hey you guys im jess here i wanted to make a quick video explaining how to get started in 3d. Printing i actually get a lot of comments on what do i need to actually 3d print my own replica. Props or whatever it is that you might want to recreate or print yourself so obviously youre going to need. A printer a 3d printer and there are numerous numerous options that you can go with i personally love the.

Cr 10 i also have a bq wit box that ive been using for a very long time now that. I love i also have a makerbot mini i would avoid the maker box for the most part theyre very. Expensive and the quality on them is hmm and not as great as you might get from some of the. Other printers theres obviously just a ton of other options and obviously check out a lot of the other youtubers. That are doing 3d printing to get some tips on which machines you should go for but outside of that.

I figured it might be nice to just explain the process of actually printing something you dont just download a. File from the internet throw it on a sd card throw it in your printer and it magically prints for. You there is a little bit of work that you have to do in between that so then heres just. A quick look at just a print that i have going on right now and if youre not familiar with. 3d printing here ill just go over some of the the setup of this as this is going on in.

Printing so in order to print obviously again you need a 3d printer and here were looking at the cr. 10 if youre interested in the cr 10 ive got links down in my description so where you can pick. That up for yourself love this machine and its under you know but under 600 all depending on where youre. Getting it from so youre also going to need filaments thats the plastic that actually is extruded its sent through. The printer and actually heated up and then printed line by line here to give you the actual print that.

Youre looking to get out of this also youre going to need some sort of a card typically an sd. Card of some sort to store the actual slicing information and what i mean by slicing information is that theres. A theres multiple computer programs and software that explains to the 3d printer how exactly it should print the file. That youre wanting print so that includes things like what temperature what speed it should print at what infill that. Determines how rigid the print is going to be how thick the walls might be and as well as the.

Actual quality to print quality you can either print in really fine detail or a little less fine detail all. Of that accounts for how fast it will print typically the 3d printing isnt exactly the fastest process in the. World depending if youre printing a large replica prop it might take a day or two to actually print those. Things but the actual software there are a number of different options and i wanted to explain what some of. Those are alright so lets take a look at some of the software that youre going to need for 3d.

Printing the one that i prefer is simplify 3d this is a software that allows you to again slice your. Print files that youve downloaded determine what the infill is going to be what kind of supports youre going to. Use how long its going to take to print is all dictated by this software this piece of software costs. One hundred and fifty dollars i did not start out using this but i have grown into using it after. Printing for probably the better part of a year using free software i cut over to this one and i.

Have not really looked back the others that i use is cura this is made by the folks over at. Ultimaker if you have an ultimaker 3d printer obviously this is a no-brainer but this this software works with basically. All 3d printers that are out there the one thing thats great about this is that they are regularly updating. It as well as its free which is huge and that if you have an ultimaker it will wirelessly connect. To the software to the printer which is again one of my favorite things if more printers supported it so.

The other thing that youre going to need is files to print with i typically use sites like thingiverse my. Mini factory ping shape as well as do 3d to actually obtain my files that im going to go and. Print with there are just a huge wealth of trials that are available across these for and again there are. Numerous other sites that you can work with as well as you can design your own using things like autodesk. Fusion 360 as well as probably a handful of other software options out there so what im going to do.

Is just grab a file from my mini factory i think im going to grab the death trooper file here. And im going to get that loaded in to simplify 3d so heres the file loaded in to simplify 3d. And as you can see its put it on its back so this is exactly why you cant exactly just. Take a file straight from the internet and load it directly on your printer not to mention that you dont. Have the you know all of your printer profile information directly loaded in it one of the things that you.

Will do as part of setting up either cura or simplify 3 is defining what printer youre working with whats. The build volume what does it have a heated bed or not what are the temperatures that you want to. Work within those so im not going to go into details and all those but here in the settings section. Again i can have multiple profiles so heres my witbox my head festos might of my makerbot many ive multiple. Profiles that ive created for the cr 10 until i landed on my profile as well as the cr 10.

S4 so each of these will have a variety of different profile options that you can work with and its. Going to allow you to dictate things like whats the layer height thats really the quality at which its going. To print is it really fine detail or is it less fine detail because i really just want a quicker. Print and again this all varies based on the machine that youre working with for example my bq witbox i. Almost print everything at 3 millimeter layer height and on my cr 10 i almost print everything at a point.

2 millimeter layer height again the lower you go the higher quality and again that all depends on the type. Of printer that youre working with you can also in things like determine things like the infill so is it. You know super solid or what type of infill pattern is it going to use and ill show you that. Here in just a second typically for my settings i almost always print with an 8 percent or 10 percent. Infill and again it all varies on the prop or object that im printing and working with this allows you.

Also control things like the supports so the file to actually if you have overhangs itll actually help support the. File printing so that it doesnt fail basically when youre printing and things like the temperature the print speed the. Fan speed all of that can be managed through this there is a ton of options highly recommend makers muse. If you havent seen his channel already he goes in like a ton of detail and simplify 3d and options. And tips and tricks there so once this is loaded in again i have the option to come in here.

And i can now rotate this around because i dont want it to be on its back maybe i want. It to be upright and im going to print it this way and sure im going to print with supports. Typically i might slice this as well into multiple pieces depending on how i want to print it i might. Actually want to you know rescale this maybe i want it to be super large 200 percent larger and go. Ahead and print that that way for this just example im going to leave it as is and im going.

To hit the prepare print button and its going to now take the information thats loaded into my profile apply. It to this part and come up with the slicing pattern the print pattern that the 3d printer will use. To actually print this itll also add in things like supports or wraps all depending on those options that you. Decide to include or not include with this particular print so here is the print preview and again here its. Showing you all of the different support material theres a little timeline option here both cura and simplify 3d allow.

You to view this timeline option so here if i rotate this around and zoom in a little bit here. You get a better view at that honeycomb infill that i was talking about and its a 10% infill so. Here you can see its not super solid but its giving it enough structure that its not going to sort. Of collapse in on itself i dont have to worry about it dropping and it crumbling or anything like that. This timeline feature also allows you to see if there are going to be any issues with printing any areas.

That maybe nett need supports that are getting supports and you can help define those so this is just a. Way to double check how this is going to print before actually print it also gives you an estimate of. How long its going to take and how much filaments or plastic youre going to use which is also pretty. Nice this print time is also never quite right so the next step on this is you can either print. This directly over a usb cable to the printer which i i dont think ive ever done or save it.

To an sd card and this is the option that i you do so im going to save the actual. File to the sd card loaded in the printer fire up the printer and say print this file and its. Good than just a waiting game for it to print alright so hopefully this was helpful for some of you. Out there that are interested in getting started with 3d printing and just have some basic questions on how this. All works from not necessarily setting up the 3d printer but how getting a file from the internet and loading.

It on to the printer and actually having it print for you all that works and what some of the. Tools are that you need to do this its not just a 3d printer you also need a computer to. Load the files the slicing software an sd card and filament to get this all running and that doesnt even. Include things like calibrating the 3d printer but hopefully you guys enjoyed this hopefully it was somewhat informative if youre. Already 3d printer obviously you guys are well aware of all this but for anybody new hopefully this was helpful.

For you guys i just want to say thanks again for watching guys i appreciate all the support all the. Comments that you guys provide its absolutely wonderful to receive those on a daily basis i try to reply back. To as many comments as i can so keep them coming love you guys and i will talk with you. Later alright bye now.

Method 2 – 3D Printing For Beginners

So 3d modeling is super great to be able to literally imagine anything you can think of and then model. That into existence its super cool but wouldnt it be even more cool if you could just reach out and. Grab that as a physical object that you can hold and touch that would be super cool yes guys this. Is gonna be a video on 3d printing its gonna be kind of a beginner guide to get you guys.

Started with the basics of what you need to know to make your first successful 3d print just a few. Of the basics of how to set up your 3d printer and then how to prepare your models for 3d. Printing and then finished off the video by actually printing our model here and i seen what kind of results. We can get as you can tell im geeking out a little bit because crazy so yes im totally excited. To get into this video and show you guys the basics of how to start 3d print to your own.

Models but before we get started id like to give a quick thanks to skillshare for sponsoring this video for. The past few months ive been trying to think of ways to maximize my productivity more trying to put together. A productive schedule that i can stick to that isnt too hard so recently ive actually been watching some really. Interesting courses on skillshare for how to be more productive and scheduled throughout my day avoiding distractions and being just. A little bit more disciplined and they have some really interesting information taught by professionals that ive been finding really.

Useful so i can definitely recommend checking them out yourself skillshare is really plan is really affordable at just eight. Dollars a month and let me feel the first 500 viewers can get two months free when they use the. Sign-up link in the description below so 3d printers im gonna be using in this video is the mega s. From any cubic id like to thank any cubic for sending this printer over for this video its a nice. Little printer and it was easy to set up and i havent had any problems with it so we can.

Be using that in this video and yeah its gotten me some great results so im excited to show you. Guys it in action also if youre interested in the hardware im using like the 3d printer i will link. To that in the description below where you guys can check it out its a nice affordable 3d printer that. Goes for around three hundred three hundred fifty dollar range so a very cheap but very good well-built 3d printer. Before going over to the 3d printer and working with the calibration a little bit of stuff my first show.

You guys how to prepare your models using the open source free software blender and getting your models ready for. 3d printing okay so heres a 3d model then i modeled in blender as you can tell its the lama. From fortnight of course but i want to start off by showing you guys this model this isnt actually the. Finalized model i used i want to show you guys this as an example of some of the mistakes i. Made the first time i went about going to making model for 3d printing so whats the one of the.

Most important things about preparing your model that i didnt really prepare for when i made my first model was. Making sure your model is what they call watertight so everything has to be attached now i had everything attached. As a single object here but that didnt mean that everything was attached inside the mesh so if i tabbed. In edit mode i had mild things like the different pieces here as individual parts and then just expected it. To 3d print nicely but when you convert this to your format for 3d printing and then run it through.

Your slicing software the slicing software prepares it for the 3d printer essentially its um it doesnt handle this very. Well most 3d printers wont handle individual objects like this very well floating objects like that will not be printed. Very well and as you can see this was my first pass and it worked but there are some parts. Of the mesh that are kind of loose not very well attached and theres also some issues like around the. Eyes where you can see i just use individual spheres for the eyes and then they didnt really get attached.

To the mesh and theyre just kind of free-floating there and very delicate so this is one of the basic. Things that you want to avoid you want to make sure everything is attached now i could have went about. And just did that with in this model for example here you can see on a llama i have a. Boolean modifier is set up so if i want to attach the little like a bit here on his harness. To the mesh i could just do that by using this boolean modifier and having this as a separate mesh.

And then applying the boolean modifier as you can see here and then if i tabbed into edit mode you. Would see that it is essentially attached using n guns and stuff and its the way that it will work. A lot better but what i preferred to do and what i went about doing is instead of going through. And trying to add boolean modifiers to all these areas will ch often end up looking kind of poor in. This smoothing and also possibly give some geometry errors when it comes to 3d printing instead of doing all that.

You can also obviously merge objects together and stuff in blender so instead of doing all that though i just. Recreated the lava from scratch a little smaller this time as i wanted a quicker smaller 3d print so i. Didnt have to go as detailed so what i ended up doing for this model to make it perfect for. 3d printing is just extrude the different things out instead of doing things like the little harness here as a. Separate part as i had done in my first model i just extruded different areas out adding a little bit.

Of extra detail and doing the same thing for like the eyeballs here and this gave me a perfectly clean. 3d print where nothing was not attached well everything came across attached very nicely by doing it this way is. The next thing you want to do for preparing a 3d model is add some supports to your mesh now. A lot of the slicing software will give you the option to automatically have it add supports so what i. Mean by supports is if youre trying to 3d print this and you have like this area here between the.

Legs when the three printer because it prints from the ground up youre gonna have an issue right here where. The 3d printer wont be able to really lay the filament across here as its going to just drop to. The ground and theres nothing supporting it so thats what i mean by some supports and you could just do. This in your slicing software but in my experience doing the automatic thing adds way more supports than you really. End up needing and will kind of mess up your model a little bit when you have to go and.

Cut off those supports later on so what i did for this model is i just went into edit mode. And made a few of my own little supports by just grabbing some pieces of the mesh here and extruding. It down towards the ground keeping it nice and small so you can cut it off later but by adding. Some extra supports like this to your mesh you 3d printed and then you just clip these parts off and. Youre good to go same thing with his mouth here as you can see if its printing from the ground.

Up all the way to here this would be just kind of hanging there and be printing into space so. It wont work obviously so what we have to do here is again just grab a face here and extrude. It up and give him a little bit of a support there under his chin and by doing that it. Will 3d print from the ground up it will start printing this area printing this area and itll all be. Attached nicely so for this model i found that this was really all the supports i needed you might if.

You want to be safe at say two supports here or something but the scale im gonna be 3d printing. This is all the support you really need for your 3d model and one of the last things you need. To do once youve finished with your model is you want it to be all triangulated you want to convert. Your mesh from basically faces to triangles now usually the slicing software can also do this for you ive done. It both ways and it seemed to work okay but i have heard that sometimes you get better results if.

You just go ahead and triangulate your mesh ahead of time so im blended here with them what you just. Go ahead and do to make it a triangular yourself is just to have an edit mode and hit ctrl. T and this will go ahead and add triangles all over your mesh to make it ready to be exported. For 3d printing so now the last thing we want to do is get the scale set right now theres. Some nice measurement tools built right into blender here and were gonna be measuring it with millimeters so youll want.

To first set your scene to be using the metric system and the length to be millimeters so under your. Scene settings here go ahead and make sure that you have it set to use the metric system and that. The length is measured in millimeters all right so with that said and done what were gonna do is you. Can use the built in measurement tools right within blender to get the scale set right for our scene so. I want to be about a hundred millimeters high which comes out to just about two to three inches so.

Im gonna grab my measurement tool here im gonna click or right at the top of his ear and then. Drag all the way down to the bottom of the little base that i have him on and you can. See right now were just add three millimeters so its a really small model even though it seems like its. Fine and blender its way too small for a 3d printing software and again you could always do the scaling. Later in your 3d software but because you might also be doing this too you say send it off to.

Have it printed on a different source im gonna show you guys how to get the skill set right within. Blender so with this only being three point two millimeters we want to be about 100 millimeters so we can. Do this pretty easy with just a little bit of math here so im going to take a hundred millimeters. And divide it by 3.2 which is what it is right now and you can see that we end up. With 31 so 31 in a quarter its actually what we get exactly so what im gonna do now is.

Im gonna grab our model im gonna hit s and then im gonna hit 31 point two five on my. Keyboard 0.25 there we go and now if i zoom out you can see we have a huge llama but. It is actually the right size for our software if i make a new measurement now grabbing it from the. Top there and pulling it all the way down you can see we sit right at a hundred millimeters there. So on now our model is all ready to be 3d printed at the scale we want the last thing.

To do once you have your model scale to the size you want is to apply that scale by going. To control a and then applying rotation and scale so your model keeps those scaling parameters so with all that. Said and done all we have to do is export our model so were gonna go file down to export. And were gonna choose the stl format so go ahead and choose stl you can leave all these settings as. Done you might want to make sure you have applied modifiers checked also because if you didnt apply modifier youll.

Want to and then go export stl so with that exported we are done in our 3d software and were. Ready to go over to our three slicing software which prepares it for the 3d printer and converts it to. The right format for this will be using cura as its one of the most popular 3d printing softwares out. There and supports a large amount of 3d printers so it will likely work well for you so here i. Am in keira ill give a link in the description where you guys can download it and they have like.

I said all kinds of great presets for almost any 3d printer available so to start im just gonna go. Over here and click manage 3d printers and youre gonna go ahead and find what 3d printer you have here. So if you want to add a new 3d printer you click add and then you have all these different. Options for your 3d printer depending on which one you are using like i said at the beginning of the. Video im using the any cubic mega and it happens to be the same layout as the any cubic i.

Three mega here so thats gonna be the one i use right there im just going to add that printer. Here as you can see i already have it added there and im going to click close so once you. Have that you basically have the presets for the size of your 3d printer the platform that youre pretty 3d. Printer supports basically so it has it all worked out in the 3d software here for you and we can. Go ahead and open up our 3d model literally click the folder there and then im just gonna open up.

The allama that we exported to that stl format here so click open and you can see right off the. Bat we have our little 3d model and this is exactly the scale that its going to be in proportion. To the platform on your 3d printer so in keira im just kind of rotating around my model here using. The right mouse button and i already have the scale set to what i want as you can see down. Here so because we did all the prep work essentially in blender theres not too much that needs to be.

Done in keira here if you select your model you can go ahead and do some of the rotating options. And stuff if you wanted to if your model wasnt already set up but we went ahead and did all. That setup already so im not gonna need to do any of that same thing goes for these scaling because. They already scaled the model up in blender i dont need to touch the scale as its already if those. Controls do that you can see is that to 100 millimeters down in the corner here so everything is actually.

Pretty close to being ready for 3d printing the last thing im gonna do is im gonna go over to. Our settings here and you can see right here would be where you would generate these support because i already. Have it set up i dont want it to generate the support im going to turn that off and then. They build plates i like to leave that just as a skirt this will essentially just give you a little. Perimeter of a 3d print around the base and then start your 3d printer but besides that these are all.

More advanced settings you really dont have to touch if youve got the default profile for your 3d printer on. The layer height is such a point two millimeters on there are some settings that can be set here to. Get a little faster 3d print speeds but a sacrifice is a little bit of quality so its kind of. Up to you im gonna leave these though as you recommended settings just turning off the build support because i. Went ahead and did that in blender so with that said and done if i click slice now you can.

See it takes a second here and then we are left with our model so with a 3d printer i. Am you theres two different ways now to send your 3d model to your 3d printer to start printing instead. Of using the usb cable supplied im just going to use the sd card that they give you as i. Feel like this is a much easier way the transfer files back and forth between the printer and the computer. Is nice and convenient and it doesnt require installing drivers so i have the sd card in the computer right.

Now and you can see all i have to do is click save to removable drive and it will save. It right to that usb drive in the right file format to be printed but as you can see at. A hundred millimeters this would take an estimated four hours and 18 minutes so thats a little bit longer than. I want to print i could reduce some of the quality settings but i want to keep the quality relatively. High for this do a print instead i think im gonna change the scale a little bit and like i.

Said you can do that right inside cura here so instead of being a hundred millimeters tall here i decided. That maybe i want to go down to just about 75 and speed up my print time so do that. Im just gonna type in well well go down to 70 actually and you can see that it automatically scales. It down there we have to you slice but once we slice and it goes through you can see now. Were down to just an hour and 55 minutes way more reasonable if you ask me and that seems like.

A better scale for this 3d print so im gonna go down to e 70 millimeters along the height here. And i should be ready to 3d print so im gonna go ahead and click save to my removable drive. Just saves the format right to my usb drive if i pull up my usb drive here real quick you. Can see that we have our llama im good right there in the right format and ready to be 3d. Printed so its time to move to the 3d printer so with our sd card loaded with our 3d model.

Its time to plug it into our 3d printer and get printing so with our 3d printer here one of. The first things you want to do after the basic assembly of c.

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