Another topic I had to figure out the hard way when learning about 3D printing, was making my prints stick to the platform for the best result possible. There are too many references to adhesion where only one part is mentioned, and almost never have an explanation. There are too many of these instances where experimenting is the only answer, and that is what this write-up remedies. Also, we want to model and print, not become engineers and scientists (at least I don’t).
The software to use for 3D printing was never laid out for me when I started, and over time I learned more and more about different software I could use to make my printing much easier. To save others from spending time doing the same thing, I wanted to present the different software options for 3D printing.
If you’ve noticed through this blog, I’ve battled through many slicers trying to get the best results from my Printrbot 1405 XL modified 3D printer. I started with Slic3r which did a good job of being a starter slicer as a learned more and more about 3D printing, and Skeinforge which tested that knowledge, as well as made me understand even more about 3D printing. It wasn’t until late last year that I was introduced to another slicer that made me think differently about slicers completely.
As you may have noticed, there is a lack of Skeinforge settings for Printrbot (at least there were when I looked). Anyways, I’m posting my settings here so that any Printrbot 1405 or 1403 (Simple Metal) owner can have a place to start, and tweak the settings to their own preferences. Since both models use the same hardware, the settings should be just fine for a 1403, except for the bed size which is for a 1405.
So not very long ago, I presented my first full-color model to Shapeways. Unfortunately, the process wasn’t as painless as I hoped. To keep anyone else from having to deal with such an ordeal, I’m creating a simple tutorial on how to assemble your model for Shapeways submission.