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5 Ways to Master 3D Printing

5 Ways to Master 3D Printing

3D Technology is complex to understand and operate. If you have already invested in it or want to learn how it can help you in your work and professional life, you need to learn a lot more about this new technology.

But if you want to get a quick recap or review of how you can learn to use this technology, I’ve compiled a list of ways that can improve your 3D printing experience in a matter of days.

1. Get To Know Your Printer First

The first things you need to do is understand how your printer works. It’s a fact that there are only a few printers that give you out-of-the-box results.

The included kits are too tricky to run and if you’re lucky enough that your printer works out great, then you have to get ready for the more complex problems to solve sooner or later.

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These problems are nerve wrecking and time-consuming. So, try to stay patient and inventive at the same time.

2. Never Print With A Badly Calibrated Printer

Let’s be honest; some of the printers are not properly tuned when delivered. So, it’s important to check each and every thing before getting started. You have to make sure that the belts or pulleys are not loose and the bed is level.

Keep your printer clean. You can also join different forums to get different ideas and problem-solving techniques. The hardest part is to understand it in the first place, but it is often impossible.

With continuous practice, you can start recognizing what’s wrong by the sound it makes.

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3. Don’t Focus Too Much On One Particular Issue

As a matter of fact, 3D printers are quite tricky and sometimes create trouble for the user because of multiple reasons.

For instance, if you’re facing a problem of slipping filament, then it is not necessarily caused due to the bad driving system or hobbed bolt, but it might also be due to the blocked nozzle, a too high or too low temperature, a wrong feed value or a mix of all these. If you only focus on raising the temperature or flow rate, then don’t expect things to get better.

You have to start printing at low-speed with low temperature. After that, you can drift around the settings a bit to learn more about the combined effects as every filament has its own best set of values. If you want a full 3D printing experience, then you have to diagnose the printer itself for a huge win.

4. Always Use Tricks & Cheats

It’s a fact that you don’t need to have a magical printer that runs without human intervention. Your main goal is to get a completed product off the print bed. In the course of completing this, you can use whatever cheats and tricks to get the job done.

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When it comes to getting large, flat prints, you have to pause the printer and super-glue the first layer to make sure that it doesn’t go anywhere.

Just don’t forget to do post-processing with filler, sand paper and paint to create nice objects that you will be proud to showcase.

5. Never Try To Print Too Many Discrete Prints At A Time

The thing is, you have to eat the elephant one bite at a time. If your tool head is continuously dragging one little widget; it will quickly destroy the rest of a big multi-part print.

When it comes to creating an object from scratch, then you can carve off the main model by test-printing the tricky bits. You can also divide a complicated model up into pieces with the help of an Autodesk Meshmixer.

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Above are some hands-on tips for you to properly use 3D Printers in your business and in your office. If you understand them well, they can be most profitable investments you would ever make.

Featured photo credit: Clutchi Media via clutchimedia.com

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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