3D Printer FAQ

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General

3Dprintscout is offering both a marketplace and a community platform for 3D printing comprising 3D hobbyists and students up to massive engineering companies.

3Dprintscout is a young company located in Munich consisting of a motivated team of engineers, webdesigners, marketing pros and 3D printing specialists. The founders of 3Dprintscout are Tanja, Thomas and Stefan.
Our focus and fascination belong to the technology of 3D printing. Together with You we want to strike a new path for the use of 3D printing and 3D design.

We created this homepage in order to set up new opportunities and facilities for both type of companies offering services and 3D printing hardware or 3D software as well as a community, a forum and a marketplace for personal and professional resellers.

Our goal is to provide a simple and easy to use platform where people, interested in 3D printing can share informations. Users can create their own reseller shop and become a merchant of 3Dprintscout in order to sell their own 3D creations, ideas as well as services to the world. The main focus of 3Dprintscout is the accounting and marketing to bring interested users as well as professionals in the 3D print industry together. Through the use of research and development we will be able to continue evolving our platform and features provided for our users.

The unique idea of 3Dprintscout is to unite the power of a modern community with a marketplace that can be used by 3D printing beginners and 3D printing experts.
We offer people and businesses to buy, sell and freely share digital 3D shapes for the use of 3D printers. Furthermore our resellers can sell 3D products (printers, scanners, software, 3Dshapes etc.), services or sell products and services by auction. Additionally we offer computer aided engineering services for the more industrial orientated customer and reseller.


Definitions

The extruder is the heart of every 3D printer. In case you own a makerbot its task is to move the filament in, to heaten and press it through a very tiny hole at the same time.
Depending on your printer model you can optimize that entry e.g. with a spring mounted entry.

Filament is a sort of plastic, that is being feeded into a 3D printer and then being melt down. A comparison is made here. A typical roller weighs 1kg and consists of PLA. In the makerbot store you can find an overall view of all available colors.
Important to know: You can buy filament in different thicknesses, that is why you have tob e carefull, what filament you need tob e compatible with your certain 3D printer. Many printers are compatible with thicknesses from 1.75mm bis 3.00mm.

A Build platform is a plate where your printer prints on. Usually it consists of a very strong plastic or plexiglass. Some printer plates can even be heatened up what is needed to print.

The plasty material inside an object is called "InFill". According to the settings, a printer can print two or three layers of surroundings with full material. Having finished the surroundings and according to a quadratic grid the printer starts to build up the inside of the model in order to save material plus time and of course money. But not to forget the increasing stability that can be reached by using more material for the inside. You can set up a certain amount of material to be used for your inside material. 10% is a standard, but using 20% instead you already gain noticeable more stability.

Printed material, that is actually not part of the model is called support. It is just used to support it while being printed e.g. for free or cantilevered parts that would have been in the air if you just look at the bottom printed parts. In order to stay at the right place the printer prints some support material underneath the actual parts of the model. If everything is printed you can break the support material apart from the other material and sand paper it.

It should always be your goal to use as few material as possible. To reach that goal you could also split your model in a couple of reasonable. Less support means less printing time, less use of material means less litter and less costs.

A Raft is plate for your model to stand and not fall over. There are two methods, you can either manually or automatically add a platform. Using the software makerware from makerbot this feature is included.
The ground plate is needed to get the object off the printing platform. The automatically fromed plate from makerware consists of 3 layers. The first layer will be printed very slowly and is the thickest followed by two thin layers followed by the actual model.