Many people think that if the 3D printer does not learn how to use it, it is only a piece of decoration when it is bought and put there. But in fact, desktop-level 3D printers are far less complicated to use.
The following teaches you a simple seven-step move, and you will be able to easily get a 3D printer after learning. Let's get to know how the 3D printer works.
The first step: create a model.
Some high-level people have now developed a software that makes it easy to create models. Not long ago, someone developed a technology that children only need to paint on the iPad screen. This technology can automatically generate a 3D model of the child's paintings.
The modeling software commonly used in the market is not so magical, but it is also widely used by users, such as 3ds max, but this kind of software needs to be specially studied for a while to really master. If you want to find a shortcut, the best way is to download the model from the Internet. There are a lot of dedicated 3D model download sites now.
Step 2: Add the model.
3D printers usually come with their own slicing software. On the main menu page, there is usually an “Add Model” option. After clicking, the model we created or downloaded will automatically appear in our 3D printing space.
Step 3： select the layered slice.
In the main menu, there is usually a "layered slice" option. This function is mainly to help us to break down the printer printing process. Users can preview the entire printing process in advance in the software. After clicking, you can see that the model has changed.
Step 4: Drag the layered preview scroll bar.
Drag the layered preview scroll bar, the software can display the image of each layer according to the parameter value. We know the principle of FDM printing technology, in fact, the formation of the entire model through the accumulation of layers of material. Through the preview, you can visually observe how the model is generated layer by layer.
Step 5: Add support.
Some parts of some models are important to add some support. For example, the corner of the elk. At this time, we can add a support to the appropriate part of the model, so that when printing, the printer will print out this part of the support, and later we can remove the support by some methods. Some of the support is made of water-soluble materials and is well treated for later removal.
The slicing software generally supports manual addition of support and automatic addition of support. Automatically add support, the system will automatically determine the addition of support in some areas according to the model you want to print.
Step 6: Connect the printer.
Select "Connect Printer" to connect our computer to the printer. Of course, some printers support offline printing, such as Hongrui's 3D printer. Simply send the model file to the SD card in advance, and then insert the SD card into the card slot of the printer. After the printer reads the file correctly, it can be printed.
Step 7: Start printing.
Before starting to print, you need to check the model information again to ensure that the parameters of the model are correct. Click on the main menu to select the model information. The second is to ensure that the model does not exceed the print range of the model itself. For example, if the print size of the machine is 300mm*260mm*300mm, then we must ensure that the model is within this size range.
Finally, we have to set the temperature of the print head and the print plate. In the earlier machines, we generally need to heat it to a certain temperature beforehand to enter a ready-to-print state. Most of the current print heads can heat up quickly, so we generally do not The process of "pre-heating" is required, but it is still necessary to set a temperature in advance.
During the printing process, we can also visually observe the temperature status and changes of the print head and the printing plate during printing.