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I got my printer... and a headache!
« on: August 06, 2022, 12:13:49 AM »
I received my 3D printer yesterday and now I'm watching YT videos - the reason I've got the headache ???
I think what I need now is an inexpensive computer dedicated to 3D printing and a few kilos of filament. I want to try the wood filament and since the printer heads are not expensive ( https://www.anycubic.com/collections/for-vyper/products/hotend-for-vyper ) I wanted to have one dedicated to it.
It seems like 3D printing would be fun and challenging at the same time so here we go....


To be continued....
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2022, 03:49:03 PM »
The first question (of many to come) is about filament. Is there a particular brand you gents use?
I am asking because after looking and reading reviews on the "zon" site and looking at myriad brands, I am thoroughly confused.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2022, 04:04:29 PM »
I use hatch box as my preferred.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2022, 04:05:12 PM »
Amazon reviews need a lot of salt to take while reading them.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2022, 12:59:42 PM »
Thank you Matt and Travis, you guys are great!
I decided for the near future to use Cura for slicing and use the .stl free files, CAD modeling to follow.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2022, 01:00:48 PM »
That's the best way to do it. Start easy go hard.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2022, 10:12:51 PM »
 Like Matt said just ease into it and as your skills improve ramp it up.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2022, 10:37:29 PM »
So when you get around to it just tell cura what printer you have. If you cant figure it out Ill help. Once that is set then tell it what material you are using PETG PLA ABS etc and let it figure it out. Once that is done and a test print is done well Im sure you will be satisficed with the results. Once you feel comfortable to mess with settings then we will get into that and really its based on what is wrong not what can be improved at first. I see a problem I fix ONLY that problem then move on once I am happy with the result. That sounds really daunting but its not. I learned everything on my own I did all the research watching the vids reading the forums etc I never had anyone to talk to directly. So it took me years and hundreds of failed prints to gain what I know and you know what I still dont see my self as a master.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2022, 11:18:04 PM »
So when you get around to it just tell cura what printer you have. If you cant figure it out Ill help. Once that is set then tell it what material you are using PETG PLA ABS etc and let it figure it out. Once that is done and a test print is done well Im sure you will be satisficed with the results. Once you feel comfortable to mess with settings then we will get into that and really its based on what is wrong not what can be improved at first. I see a problem I fix ONLY that problem then move on once I am happy with the result. That sounds really daunting but its not. I learned everything on my own I did all the research watching the vids reading the forums etc I never had anyone to talk to directly. So it took me years and hundreds of failed prints to gain what I know and you know what I still dont see my self as a master.
I said it before and it bears repeating, you guys are aces!
This far I installed Cura 5.1, selected the printer, selected the filament, loaded the 3DBenchy boat .stl file and "sliced" it. All I need now is the time to unbox the printer and set it up, waiting for a flash drive so I can store my files on and then time to actually print the file.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2022, 11:31:48 PM »
You do not need a flash drive it comes with this. It has EVERYTHING you need to get started. Its a 8 gig SD card you have no idea the files you can store on it. All you need to do is open the box run in 7 screws and plug some connectors in. If you have 1 hour you will be assembled leveled sliced loaded and printing. I think it took me 30 minuets from open box to print. I understand from your perspective that seems way out of your ability but I assure you its not.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2022, 11:36:57 PM »
You do not need a flash drive it comes with this. It has EVERYTHING you need to get started. Its a 8 gig SD card you have no idea the files you can store on it. All you need to do is open the box run in 7 screws and plug some connectors in. If you have 1 hour you will be assembled leveled sliced loaded and printing. I think it took me 30 minuets from open box to print. I understand from your perspective that seems way out of your ability but I assure you its not.
That sounds really good but I was reminded of one tiny, little detail: a work space where the printer can be undisturbed and have good ventilation. My wife can sniff a cup of coffee a mile away.... plastics and such, forget about it!
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2022, 11:42:09 PM »
That I cant help you with, when my sniffer was like a blood hound PETG was not a very strong odor to me.
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2022, 11:57:53 PM »
That I cant help you with, when my sniffer was like a blood hound PETG was not a very strong odor to me.
LOL! Maybe I can send her on a trip!
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2022, 12:29:22 AM »
 I have only printed in PLA, but its smell is reminiscent of wax, perhaps burn a scented candle  ???
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Re: I got my printer... and a headache!
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2022, 03:51:37 AM »
I said it before and it bears repeating, you guys are aces!
This far I installed Cura 5.1, selected the printer, selected the filament, loaded the 3DBenchy boat .stl file and "sliced" it. All I need now is the time to unbox the printer and set it up, waiting for a flash drive so I can store my files on and then time to actually print the file.

I'd suggest starting with PLA, it seemed to me to be the most forgiving if settings aren't quite right.  I was able to get on fine with the cheapest stuff I could find.  I've liked Amazon/Overture and Micro Center's Inland brands.  PLA almost smells good -- like candycorn sort of...

Speaking of headaches---

I also have a warning
.  I presume this is a printer with a PTFE tube for feeding the filament?  When that tube gets hot, and it will on most printers since it goes right to the printhead, the tubing can put out gas that is toxic to birds.  None too good for any living thing really.  But birds are the most affected, so please do some reading about it, especially if you have birds/pets in the house.  It's only a BIG problem at higher temperatures, but you really don't want to kill Polly accidentally. 

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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2022, 10:08:30 AM »
Bob, thank you for the advice. We don't have any indoor pets but for safety's sake I am looking for an area in the already overcrowded garage.
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