So lets talk about 3D printers and their fumes. I’ve been heavily into 3D printing for about 2 and a half years, first building a Prusa i3 clone and later buying an Ultimaker 3. One of the things that has always bothered me was the possibility of toxic fumes. About 2 years ago, a study came to light that, yes, indeed, 3D printers do emit things that aren’t good for you. There was a lot of discussion about it around that time, but it seems to have died down.
So you’ve got this awesome Ultimaker 3 printer with a build-in webcam. But no way to record and review your prints later on. Are you going to sit around, babysitting your printer at night?
One of the great things about 3D printing is that you can print an entire model in one go. The typical example is the fully assembled “print-in-place” ball bearing as shown in the image above. This is printed in one go, no assembly required. However, the tolerances are pretty small which requires a well-tuned 3D printer. In this article, I describe how I tune my machine for perfect fit.
Over the Christmas break I built a RepRap 3D printer. Everything went well until it was finished. The information on getting started with actual printing is very fragmented and all over the place. So here’s a short guide for any budding RepRappers who can’t wait to get started.