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Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Feed the Printer » 2014-Jun-Tue-06-Jun

Hi guys!

I'm new to this forum but being an engineer I have been working with many different 3d printers during the last years. Together with some friends I have also started a web-shop with the purpose of striving 3d printing by supplying useful things (filament, tools, and accessories).

Now I would like to have input from you guys about clever tools and accessories that you think one should have for making the work with a 3d printer as convenient as possible?

This is a list of things that I like (and things that our site supply) :)

- Digital caliper
- Dial indicator
- Blue tape (for cold beds)
- Elmer's glue stick (for print bed adhesion)
- Kapton Tape (for heated beds)
- Cricut spatula
- X-acto knife
- Mini drills
- Mini files
- Sanding kit
- Zip bags (for storing of filament)
- PLA glue (loctite gel control)
- plier/filament nipper
- RIT dye for nylon coloring

Also some things I always print for using in the work are filament clips and filament spool holders.

Please feel free to contribute with great things that you use! :)
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby caleb12134 » 2014-Jun-Thu-17-Jun

Go print the print lifter off of thingiverse. It is essential to get prints off the bed without breaking a nail. (XD) http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:34502

there are multiple variations to this! Leverage is key, and it allows you to get it off the bed without extreme amounts of force.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby orangefurball » 2014-Jun-Fri-03-Jun

caleb12134 wrote:Go print the print lifter off of thingiverse. It is essential to get prints off the bed without breaking a nail. (XD) http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:34502

there are multiple variations to this! Leverage is key, and it allows you to get it off the bed without extreme amounts of force.

A putty knife works too. Both plastic and metal! I sharpened the edge of mine with some sand paper to make it even easier to pry prints.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby caleb12134 » 2014-Jun-Fri-22-Jun

I'll pick one up! I am sure it is stronger than plastic. Thanks for the idea :)
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby redwood » 2014-Jun-Fri-23-Jun

Image

Money. For throwing away since this is an expensive hobby :lol:

The op's list pretty covers it all for me except for a glass cutting tool for glass beds.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby thawkins » 2014-Jun-Sat-00-Jun

redwood wrote:Image

Money. For throwing away since this is an expensive hobby :lol:

The op's list pretty covers it all for me except for a glass cutting tool for glass beds.


1 A good quality M3 size hex head driver for tightening things up, and keeping them tight.
2. Some spare zip ties for running repairs.
3. A cloth and some isopropyl/water mix in a spray bottle for cleaning the bed. (or a bottle of white vinegar).
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby EddB » 2014-Jun-Sun-13-Jun

thawkins wrote:

1 A good quality M3 size hex head driver for tightening things up, and keeping them tight.


+1

Except with a ball socket hex head, allows the hex head to be angled up to 30° instead of just straight straight on. Allows adjusting the belt gears inside tiny areas without altering the wood/printer. (found in sets with screwdriver handles at hobby shops). Wonderful for tight areas with off-center screw locations where a regular allen wrench would be useless.
The Calipers? Absolutely needed, but the ones with a tail that comes out. (depth measuring. Works great for x, y and especially Z axis step configs.) Just so much easier than cheapnplastic ones without the tail.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby redwood » 2014-Jun-Sun-15-Jun

thawkins wrote:
1 A good quality M3 size hex head driver for tightening things up, and keeping them tight.


I had a small nut fall off mid print from the extruder area yesterday. Haven't figured out where it came from yet, will need to find a small mirror so I can see the underside.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Feed the Printer » 2014-Jun-Thu-11-Jun

Hi!

Great input guys, thank you for that!

Some more things might also be:
- Desiccants
- Acetone
- Limone (for dissolving HiPS filament when used as support material)

Please post more ideas if you got some! :)
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby redwood » 2014-Jun-Thu-11-Jun

Lube for the moving parts.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby KDog » 2014-Jun-Thu-17-Jun

Blue Loctite for non-moving parts :)
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby REPRAP SQUAD » 2014-Jun-Thu-18-Jun

The best lube I've found for bearings etc is Super Lube with PTFE. Works great and isn't ridiculously expensive.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby plexus » 2014-Jun-Fri-08-Jun

Ive gone the other way with fine quality dino sewing machine oil. i found PTFE infused oils to be too messy and I dont like the idea of PTFE gumming up inside the linear bearings. I tend to the KISS principal though. YMMV
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby teicher » 2014-Jun-Fri-09-Jun

Feed the Printer wrote:Hi guys!

I'm new to this forum but being an engineer I have been working with many different 3d printers during the last years. Together with some friends I have also started a web-shop with the purpose of striving 3d printing by supplying useful things (filament, tools, and accessories).


If I were doing this, I'd focus on providing items and tools that aren't easily obtained at the local hardware store. Lubricants, 2" wide tape, bags, ties, and small hand tools are easy to come by and it's hard to pay for shipping and waiting days for items that I can grab at ACE or Harbor Freight.

Good quality filament, M3 socket head screw assortments, very wide painters tape, plastic/ molex connectors to hook wire to the printrboard, etc. are not. I'd focus in these areas. I'd also try to keep the shipping costs low for the small items, a padded envelope and first class mail is perfect for a bag of socket screws. :)
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Munson » 2014-Jun-Fri-14-Jun

I vacuum seal items like nylon 618 to prevent moisture absorption and use an extra long bag so it can be reused
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby redwood » 2014-Jun-Fri-15-Jun

Munson wrote:I vacuum seal items like nylon 618 to prevent moisture absorption and use an extra long bag so it can be reused


Maybe mylar bags and some oxygen absorbers for those with no vacuum sealers? They have mylar bags with zippers and oxygen absorbers can be bought on the cheap. Mylar bags can also be sealed with a standard clothing iron.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby plexus » 2014-Jun-Sat-12-Jun

redwood wrote:
Munson wrote:I vacuum seal items like nylon 618 to prevent moisture absorption and use an extra long bag so it can be reused


Maybe mylar bags and some oxygen absorbers for those with no vacuum sealers? They have mylar bags with zippers and oxygen absorbers can be bought on the cheap. Mylar bags can also be sealed with a standard clothing iron.


oxygen absorbers? don't you mean desiccant? moisture absorbers? i understand the benefit of using o2 absorbers with food products but not with plastic.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby REPRAP SQUAD » 2014-Jun-Sat-18-Jun

Desiccant is very useful and it's amazing how much of it you can find if you just ask fam & friends to keep an eye out. Kitty litter also works great. I use a combo of both in a Rubbermaid container. I live in the super rainy NW and have never had issues.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby redwood » 2014-Jun-Sat-19-Jun

plexus wrote:
oxygen absorbers? don't you mean desiccant? moisture absorbers? i understand the benefit of using o2 absorbers with food products but not with plastic.


Oxygen absorbers is what I have on hand so I figured that might work :lol: I don't have anything for moisture.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby evanalmighty » 2014-Jun-Sat-20-Jun

Cat litter is an excellent moisture absorbent material. And it's cheap.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby RetireeJay » 2014-Jun-Sat-20-Jun

evanalmighty wrote:Cat litter is an excellent moisture absorbent material. And it's cheap.


Especially the Crystal kitty litter - which is silica gel, basically the same stuff they put in those little packets. My storage bin for filament has a half-pound of the stuff at the bottom and the humidity indicator has remained bone dry for well over a year now. (It's a plastic bucket with a cover, and **most** of the time the cover is at least resting on top, if not pushed on firmly.)
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby REPRAP SQUAD » 2014-Jul-Wed-13-Jul

Here's a few pics of one of my filament bins. This one is for small quantities and exotics. My bulk bin is similar but, a little more hardcore. I also took pics of a few different kinds of packets that are useful.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Skrotus » 2014-Jul-Wed-13-Jul

6 pack to ease your frustrations
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby EddB » 2014-Jul-Wed-13-Jul

Feed the Printer wrote:Some more things might also be:
- Desiccants
- Acetone
- Limone (for dissolving HiPS filament when used as support material)


Keep in mind that there are some real serious restrictions on shipping liquid chemicals. They can really only ship UPS ground. U.S. Mail won't accept them.(some are an actual crime) Really affected the cost for wood working chemicals (oil, paint, varnishes, thinners). Doesn't matter what the sale price is, Just so much cheaper to find locally than to purchase with shipping.
I would have suggested those little cigar/pipe butane torches (lighter) for finishing outside straglers on PLA or shrink-wrapping wires. But it is real hard to ship butane lighters, even empty aren't allowed by mail!
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby passion4profession » 2014-Aug-Tue-02-Aug

For the blueprint of your work, a computer, maybe? :lol:
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby JohnWest » 2014-Aug-Fri-05-Aug

That's really useful....3D printing is really a hot topic nowadays.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby KC_703 » 2014-Sep-Sat-18-Sep

Not sure if its been mentioned...

I use these metal spudger /spatula tools religiously to get prints off the bed.
https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Meta ... /IF145-012

And the full set for a few bucks more:
https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Meta ... /IF145-017
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby ChefScott » 2014-Sep-Fri-15-Sep

This can be quite valuable when you need a few M3 nuts and bolts (or some high strand count silicone wire)... The location of your local hobby shop, if they sell RC planes and cars they should have a wide assortment of all sizes. This comes in really handy when you only need a few and you need them A.S.A.P.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby RobertJordan » 2014-Sep-Tue-06-Sep

Hmmm nice thread here. 3D printing is going to be a hot topic nowadays aennnn
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby thawkins » 2014-Sep-Tue-06-Sep

RobertJordan wrote:Hmmm nice thread here. 3D printing is going to be a hot topic nowadays aennnn


Hmmm, spammer alert, joined 44 mins ago and makes 4 zero content posts.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby RetireeJay » 2014-Sep-Tue-09-Sep

thawkins wrote:
RobertJordan wrote:Hmmm nice thread here. 3D printing is going to be a hot topic nowadays aennnn


Hmmm, spammer alert, joined 44 mins ago and makes 4 zero content posts.


Yup, and his Web address is in Karachi, Pakistan. He's banned and I've removed the other posts.

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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Mooselake » 2014-Sep-Tue-13-Sep

I call these no info vague posts probes, as in they're probing (not the alien encounter kind, although the subsequent spam deluge feels like one) to see if anybody's paying attention. They're a bit tricky since it could just be somebody getting started up the learning curve. Usually you know it when you see it, though.

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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby thawkins » 2014-Sep-Tue-16-Sep

Mooselake wrote:I call these no info vague posts probes, as in they're probing (not the alien encounter kind, although the subsequent spam deluge feels like one) to see if anybody's paying attention. They're a bit tricky since it could just be somebody getting started up the learning curve. Usually you know it when you see it, though.

Wonder if the gun guy will be back, not sure where he fits.

Kirk


There is an antispam rule that stops new posters from posting clickable links, its a combination of no of posts and time. These guys are just idling waiting until that expires before spewing out as much comment spam as they can get away with. You can tell by all thier posts being very very generic, having been written by somebody with absolutly no knowledge of the topic.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby spaceorange12 » 2014-Sep-Tue-18-Sep

I assume that that is why his rep is -50?
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

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spaceorange12 wrote:I assume that that is why his rep is -50?


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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Mooselake » 2014-Sep-Tue-20-Sep

It must end of quota time for spammers; the probes just keep a coming. Machine guns ready to go

"And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust"

Sorry :). That was for Spaceorange's catch.

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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby arkteknik » 2014-Nov-Thu-12-Nov

Ribbon cables, Small DC Fans, Kapton, Hot end tips/nozzles, molex connectors and other pin headers etc, threaded and non-threaded rods are a few of the things that I've found it tricky to get my hands on, personally.
Recently I (think) have blown a MOSFET and realised how annoying it is to obtain electrical components.
Digikey seems to charge about £12 to ship two tiny 30p MOSFETS to me, even from the correct regional store front - so I haven't bothered yet.
Also, ship items in packaging that will fit through a letterbox without someone needing to be in - but that's a general annoyance
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Mooselake » 2014-Nov-Thu-12-Nov

I haven't checked those particular mosfets, but it's very likely you can get them very reasonably from eBay.uk . I've found that 5 or 10 is often only a bit more expensive than a single part so it's usually worth it to order spares. Try RS electronics, too.

Since you're in the UK you should be able to find trapezoidal threaded rod pretty easily, along with the matching nuts, arguably better than imperial threaded acme. Multistart is good for your Z axis if you can find it. Marchant Dice looks like a good source. Hmm, my daughter's in Stokes, wonder how far it is from her.

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arkteknik wrote:Ribbon cables, Small DC Fans, Kapton, Hot end tips/nozzles, molex connectors and other pin headers etc, threaded and non-threaded rods are a few of the things that I've found it tricky to get my hands on, personally.
Recently I (think) have blown a MOSFET and realised how annoying it is to obtain electrical components.
Digikey seems to charge about £12 to ship two tiny 30p MOSFETS to me, even from the correct regional store front - so I haven't bothered yet.
Also, ship items in packaging that will fit through a letterbox without someone needing to be in - but that's a general annoyance
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby thawkins » 2014-Nov-Thu-12-Nov

Anderson power poles.

Absolutly the best way to connect up your 30A circuits, heatbeds etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Anderson-Powerpole-Connectors-Pair-Genuine/dp/B005P9CATU
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Mooselake » 2014-Nov-Thu-13-Nov

Anderson Powerpoles are pretty handy, and have caught on big in the amateur radio community. If you care, there's an unofficial standard on which way to polarize them:
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They're a bit tricky to crimp so the metal bits will plug into the casing, don't smash them too hard, and do a light crimp at 90 degrees to the first one to reshape the fitting. Don't forget the little roll pin to keep them from sliding apart, consider a dab of hot glue, and if you use them somewhere they might come apart you can buy or 3D print a clip to prevent it - or just give them a wrap of electrical or duct tape, although that kinda defeats the easily removable aspect.

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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Alastair010 » 2015-May-Fri-04-May

What we need is a 3D printer that can print wax. Then you shape sand around it and cast your metal model. A complete integrated model that would take care of all the ugly stuff would be pretty awesome to have around in your average tool workshop.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby thawkins » 2015-May-Fri-08-May

Alastair010 wrote:What we need is a 3D printer that can print wax. Then you shape sand around it and cast your metal model. A complete integrated model that would take care of all the ugly stuff would be pretty awesome to have around in your average tool workshop.


You can do that directly with PLA, you dont need wax, its called the "lost pla" method.

http://instructables.com/id/From-3d-pri ... plaabs-me/
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby KD6HQ » 2015-May-Sun-02-May

Mooselake wrote:Anderson Powerpoles are pretty handy, and have caught on big in the amateur radio community. If you care, there's an unofficial standard on which way to polarize them:


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Easy to make a chassis mount also.
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:805935
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby thawkins » 2015-May-Sun-13-May

KD6HQ wrote:
Mooselake wrote:Anderson Powerpoles are pretty handy, and have caught on big in the amateur radio community. If you care, there's an unofficial standard on which way to polarize them:


Kirk



Easy to make a chassis mount also.
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:805935


I use them for hooking the heatbeds up, and i have them wired to all my atx PSU's for connecting the printers up. They are a pain to get installed initialy, but once you are used to them tuey are real easy to install.

I bought a good pair of crimping pliers for very little money. Which work fine with these connectors.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00079 ... UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Mooselake » 2015-May-Sun-17-May

thawkins wrote:I bought a good pair of crimping pliers for very little money. Which work fine with these connectors.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00079 ... UTF8&psc=1

I have those, although from a different source. Don't forget to turn them 90 degrees and do a second light crimp to even it up; otherwise it can be a real b* to get them to fit into the plastic housing. The rewired fairing on the '78 KZ650 uses a pair of power poles for for the relay controlled lighting and other goodies in the fairing, works well.

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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby spaceorange12 » 2015-Jul-Tue-10-Jul

One thing to add.
You should grab as many M2, M3, and M4 bolts and nuts you can find. I cannot tell you how many times I have needed more screws than Printrbot gives you, and putting your project on hold to wait for shipping is a pain (my hardware store never has metric stuff in stock).
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby christspringer271 » 2016-May-Sat-03-May

That's a great list!

I will showcase my work after I finish my 3D artworks here. Right now, I am looking for some people's design to have some good tips and ideas.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby bbrown64 » 2016-May-Sat-04-May

Flexible 2" putty knife
Multi-tip screw driver
17mm wrench (2) for Z-Probe
Set of metric Allen wrench
Rubbing alcohol
Lacquer Thinner to clean off hotend of burnt on filament. Also use for cleaning nozzles out.
Small flashlight or mounted light to see your prints better.
Storage container and some sort of dehumidifier for filament.
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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby frankv » 2016-May-Sat-18-May

Screwdriver-handle-thing with a hex end the right size for an M3 socket cap. Much quicker and easier than an Allen key.

Sorry, don't know the right name for it. This was part of a "electronics toolkit" I got from Dick Smith Electronics... sidecutters, longnose pliers, tweezers, a bunch of hex tips and the driver, jewellers' screwdrivers, etc.

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Re: Useful things for 3D Printing

Postby Josephwillian » 2017-May-Mon-01-May

Thanks for sharing this information. I hope it would not be outdated. I am new to 3D printing, so don't have any knowledge about the upgraded versions of basic materials used in 3D printing.
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