📑 Curious About 3D Printing? Here Are Some Tips Before You Dive In

Bookmarked Curious About 3D Printing? Here Are Some Tips Before You Dive In by Kenneth R. Rosen (WIRED)

Take those first prints for what they are: learning experiences. With practice will eventually come mastery, at which point the upgrades and bells and whistles will make more sense and bring you greater satisfaction and reward. Learn the fundamentals—what speeds your printer and filament extruder enjoy, what types of plastics work best at your elevation and ambient temperature, and where you can improve on your creation and modeling inside the CAD software—before jumping ahead.

Above all, remember, it is a hobby at this level. Enjoy the journey and its many rewards.

Kenneth R. Rosen provides some tips to consider before starting your own foray into 3D printing. He structures this around a series of statements:

– Know Why You’re Buying
– Choosing a Type of Printer
– Beware the Upgrade Spiral
– Don’t Set and Forget

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