This course assumes some familiarity with 3D printing and its workflow. It is particularly useful for someone who has to debug other people's prints.
- [Instructor] This course assumes some familiarity with 3D printing and its workflow. If you're someone who has to help other people debug what's going wrong with their prints, you might find this course particularly helpful. If you're trying to teach yourself how to use a printer, be sure you listen to the Chapter 1 videos on how 3D printers work and what each type of program does. You might also look at some of the resources listed in the last video of the course for more background information than's available here. By the way, if you don't have a 3D printer yet and you're wondering what you may getting yourself into, don't panic at the sheer amount of material. Experts will need to know all the ins and outs, but a beginner can usually get by for many things with the default settings created by a manufacturer.
This course is geared towards the intermediate or expert 3D printer user, but we've tried to have enough explanation that someone trying to figure out how to get started should be able to use this to understand the manufacturer's standard settings. If you have access to the exercise files for this course, you can download them from the main course page. If you don't have access to the exercise files, that's okay, and you can follow along by using your own files. That being said, all of our examples are pretty simple, and you should be able to re-create something similar in any CAD software.
- Slicing and host programs
- Selecting the best print resolution
- Retraction, filament, extrusion, and nozzle settings
- Setting printer temperature and speed
- Working with multiple extruders