3D Printing

From Mike Beane's Blog

Revision as of 13:09, 8 January 2022 by Rabbi Bob (talk | contribs) (→‎Levelling)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)

Callum and I picked up a CREALITY Ender3 3D printer this week and we're trying some things out. Starting this page to track a few things. Big thanks to @Toyotaboy for giving some up front advice. I'll mark his advice with a {TB}.

This page will\may change drastically over time as I figure things out.


    • The most helpful video we watched. After Step 5 of the visual directions, we went to YouTube
  • When you build, make SURE that the z-axis is as perpendicular as possible to the bed (bed should be lowered all the way on all 4 knobs). Use something square and rigid to look at the gaps, then tighten down the frame screws {TB}
    • This comes out in the video, as well as how to use one of the crossbars to check evenness.



Helpful Mods

Filament (PLA)

3d Solutech




  • White: good, no issues
  • Gray: became brittle on the spool and broke, losing about 300g of PLA




To Do

  1. Get the spool holder off the machine
    • Amazon sells cheap ones that work well. You want the weight off the machine because as motors move around, extra weight will make printing offset, then you get little artifacts because the slicer doesn't calculate weight. It assumes a rigid machine
  2. IKEA Lack table
    • Need to price out plexiglass, LED lighting, smoke detector, decide on power placement



Snap Fit Joints