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This wiki is a collection of community knowlege about the Solidoodle 3D printer, and 3D printing in general.
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Introduction to 3D printing
The Solidoodle is a low cost 3D printer that will produce a plastic part from a computer 3D model. The process of 3D printing typically consists of the following steps:
- Modelling an object in 3D software. See List of 3D Modelling and Design Software
- Processing the model in a process called slicing. See Software
- Printing the model. See Software
- Optionally: Applying some sort of finishing
Introduction to the Solidoodle printer and components:
How to print:
What to print:
The software for a 3D printer consists of software for processing the 3d model on your computer, software for communicating with the printer and firmware running on the printer.
In order to achieve maximum print quality, the software needs to be calibrated to account for small tolerances between different printers:
- Calibration of the extrusion stepper
- Calibration of the flow rate
- Calibration of the Z wobble
- How to Set the Z Set Screw Stop
- PID tuning
Sometimes the prints don't come out as expected... There are a number of common artifacts that can usually be solved:
- Filament Spools Prone To Tangling Fix
- Electronics Covers
- Camera mounts
- Inexpensive glass bed mod (DIY tutorial video)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Solidoodle IRC Channel
- Official Solidoodle web page
- Solidoodle Tips Blog
- List of Compatible Hardware