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3D print settings – Dremel 3D20

I have a Dremel 3D20 printer. It uses proprietary software, which has some limitations Dremel Idea Builder will load 3D files in .STL and .OBJ format, and will write them to the 3D20 via USB cable. Idea Builder has limited … Continue reading

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3D printing gears

Back in March, I determined that using a raft was a waste of time. I tried printing some Lego-compatible helical gears, and this happened. The first layer wasn’t adhered sufficiently to the bed. The print head was merrily depositing further … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – printing another box

Following the 3D printer’s instructions online and in the book that came with it, I heated the print head up to working temperature, then carefully used a pair of tweezers to tweeze any filament off the brass nozzle. Doing this … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – printing a box

3D printing takes AGES! Even something as simple as the small container shown below takes four hours! A lot of lessons were learned from this print job. The short version is as follows: Don’t start a print job at 8pm. … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – clogged nozzle

After printing a stringy mess, the nozzle of my 3D20 is covered in goo (filament). At room temperature, it’s a nice hard crusty smooth goo. The instructions explain how to clean the nozzle. There’s a nice video (with jolly music) … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – supports

The SD card with the correct software was missing when we bought our Dremel 3D20 (it was a bargain). But I found the “Dremel Idea Builder” software and a firmware update on their website, and that allows me to load … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – getting going again

Our 3D printer (Dremel 3D20) was a bargain, because bits were missing. After five emails to Dremel support, and various phone calls, I eventually found a supplier who was willing to order the spare parts that I need – mainly … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – printing an accuracy test

We bought this printer in a sale. It was missing a few important parts, including the SD Card with software on it to control it from a laptop. Without that software, we would be limited to the four models that … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – the first print

After clearing some existing filament from the print head and adhering the build tape to the perspex build platform, I levelled the bed using a train ticket (which is approximately 0.3 mm thick according to my Vernier Gauge) instead of … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – Dad’s Visit

My Dad has been trying to persuade me to buy a 3D printer for several years. He has four at the moment, and has plenty of good advice, including a library full of things to print off Thingiverse. When he … Continue reading

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