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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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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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