Even after a year and a half of Do Space being open, I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to 3D printing. Sure, I can download a model from Thingiverse and send it to our industrial-level printers and get a good result. But ask me to send something to our enthusiast-level Taz 5 and it’s going to be slow going. So I took a look for some “beginner tips” and came across this wonderful page from the folks at http://3dprintingforbeginners.com…

Let’s be honest, 3D printing can be quite tricky. Home 3D printing technology is still immature and 3D printing beginners who just bought their first machine are faced with a multitude of challenges when it comes to getting reliable and repeatable 3D print results.

It is clear that a bit of expert guidance won’t hurt! That’s why we reached out to some of the top 3D printing experts and asked them the following question:​

What are your top 3 helpful tips for the new 3D printer owner?​

We asked the experts to share the knowledge and insights they have gained while spending hundreds of hours 3D printing and accumulating their fair share of failed prints. These 3D printing tips are irrespective of any 3D printer model or brand such that they are broadly applicable.

We have included a link back to each expert’s website and social media profile in case you’d like to learn more about them and the work they are doing. Before we dive into the answers, we want to THANK all participants for sharing their hard-earned experience so freely.

Grab a pen, take notes and implement the info. Help to spread the word and share this post with your friends and fellow 3D printing enthusiasts!

Here’s a sample of some of the tips presented:

  • Never focus too much on one single issue. 
  • Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
  • 3D printing isn’t quite like magic yet.
  • In theory, theory and practice are the same but in practice, they’re different. [My favorite from the whole article.]

Check out all the tips @ http://3dprintingforbeginners.com/3d-printing-tips/.

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About Author
Michael Sauers, Technology Manager
Michael Sauers is currently the Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha, NE. Michael has been training librarians in technology for the past twenty years and has published more than 14 books on technology and other topics.