07 Tips to Use 3D Printer at Home


When you need to use a 3D printer in your home, you should follow these essential steps for a successful 3D printing model. It is really important for the user’s health and 3D printer durability. Sometimes we set up 3D printers in the wrong place. It will be a mess, and we have to change the place and adjust the machine settings every time.

In this guide, you will realize how to use a 3D printer at home without any problem.

Keep 3D Printer in Proper Place

Permanent Place
This is the most important thing that we should do at the beginning. As soon as possible, we are delivered the 3D printer; we try to assemble it if it is not pre-assembled. So before that, try to create a permanent place for that. In this permanent place, you should assemble and set up the 3D printer. It is a great solution for long-term problems.

Leveled Surface
Suppose you do not reserve a permanent place, you have to change the setting and leveling before every printing process. 3D printing bed should be leveled. First, you should create the leveled 3D printing table and then keep the 3D printer on it. After that, using the screws, you can do minor adjustments. If you do not have the proper leveled table or support, your leveling screws will not be sufficient for the bed leveling, so pay attention to that.

Filament Rack
The next thing is the filament rack. You should keep and maintain a filament rack. Filaments should be stored in a dry area with clean as much as possible. When the filament is damaged, extrusion will not lay properly. Doe to this reason, maintains a proper filament rack every time.

Avoid Equipment and Places
When you place a 3D printer, you should avoid storing the filaments with the post-processing materials such as acetone. Those will really damage the filaments. If the filaments get wet, it can be damaged the support water dissolved filaments such as PVA. If the area is wet rusting can happen easily. So avoid wet places.

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Manage the 3D Printing Wastage

3D print waste

3D printing wastage is really harmful to the environment due to non-biodegradability. Most filaments are made with synthetic materials. Hence it will take much time to degradable the filament in the environment. 3D printer wastage is generated as follows,

  • Broken filaments
  • Clogging trashes
  • Support removing
  • Post-production process
  • Bed cleaning

Some filaments are soluble, and some are biodegradable. Most filaments can be recycled. So you should know which filament is related to which category.

Environmental ImpactFilament
BiodegradablePLA
SolublePVA
RecyclablePLA, ABS, PETG, HIPS, Nylon
ASA, polycarbonate
Environmental impact of filaments

You can see PLA is a biodegradable filament, and PVA is a soluble filament. PVA is mainly used for supports. Due to its solubility, it can wash with water easily in the post-processing stage.

Other filaments such as ABS, ASA, PETG, HIPS, Nylon, PP can be recycled easily to reduce the environmental impact. You must remember to collect these materials separately. So it is easy to hand over for the recycling process. Most municipalities recycle these materials. So check that in your region.

And also, you had better use the recycled filaments.

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Avoid 3D Printer Keep in the Room

The most favorite place in your room. So you may think to keep the 3d printer in the room. It is an easy way for access to it. But never do it. 3D printing is the process of filament heating, melting, and laying. In this process, toxic fumes can be leak into the environment. Due to this spreading, it can inhale to the lungs directly if you keep it in the room.

Other things are it will reduce the space, add more noise (disturb noise) to the room.

Keep the 3D Printer In Ventilation Area

The ventilation area is really important for removing the toxic fumes and reduce the extrusion temperature quickly. When you place the 3D printer, make sure to keep it at the window or any open ventilation area. Most 3D printers produce fumes during the process. ABS, ASA, Nylon fumes are toxic for the human. Due to this reason, ventilation is essential. Ventilation should be in to out.

The filament is heated by the nozzle, and then it pours on the previous layer. if there is more ventilation, it can be solid quickly with the help of air. Moving air will reduce the filament. So keep the D printer in the ventilation areas.

Use Covering for the 3D Printer

Many 3D printers do not include the cover for the D printer. But mostly small size D printers comes with a cover. This cover helps to stop the fumes leaking to outside, stop the effect from winding, temperature maintaining. If there is no cover, you can try to build that.

But if the 3D printer is in the high-temperature area, printing problems can be occurred due to the temperature increasing. When the 3D printer is covered, its generated heat will not leak outside. Due to this, filaments will be over melt.

Use an External Power Supply

UPS for 3D printer

A 1-second power cut will stop your 22-hour 3d printing. So have you to realize the risk?

Using a 3D printer at home will need an external power supply. When the power is cut, an external power supply will be very useful for you. Before you start 3D printing, you must check the time. If that is more than the external power supply support time, it is a risky task.

When you buy a UPS for your D printer, you should think about how much time you can use it in the power cut. You just have to do a small calculation for this.

Using time = UPS power/ 3D printer wattage = 900W/150 (W/h) = 18 Hours

Roughly 150 W/h can be used 6 hours in the power cut using this power supply (900W)

So when you use the 3D printer at home using a proper UPS, at least it can supply power for about 2-3 hours.

When the battery is getting old, its capacity is reduced. Hence check for the testing at least 2-3 months.

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Keep It in Room Temperature

The room temperature is 26-27 degrees C. So you had better keep them all filaments, 3D printer under the room temperature. Filaments properties can be changed when it keeps under a high temperature.

When the temperature is high, filaments also do not lay on the previous layer. It can be poured through the layer. So high room temperature is not suitable for perfect 3d printing.

If the room temperature is cooler, filaments will be solid before they adhered to the previous layer. Therefore layers can be extruded heavily. Sometimes it will not adhere to the bed. So we will not be able to start 3D printing at the beginning.

So Due to these reasons, keep the 3D printer in a room temperature.

Conclusion

Keeping and maintain a 3D printer at home should be done carefully. it should not keep in the fully covered room. it should be kept in the ventilated and proper temperature room. Else you will inhale the toxic fumes, and many 3d printing problems can occur when the printing is going.

Ricky Louis

Hey.. I am Ricky Louis, A professional graphic designer with years of experience in 3D modeling. I would like to share my knowledge with you.

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