Sage Advice for Makers Wanting to Start a 3D Printing Business


Michael, of YouTube channel Teaching Tech, posted a video yesterday that is chock full of advice for Makers who desire income from Desktop Additive Manufacturing (AM). In the video, Michael interviews Maker Myles, the proprietor of a successful, unnamed, auto parts business. When asked about the secret to his success (10:37), Maker Myles utters words of wisdom, stipulating the impetus behind invention and innovation that Makers employ for their creations.

If you are looking to use a 3D printer to produce a part or anything for a business, look in your own work patterns that you use at the moment. What could you use to make life easier? What could you use that doesn’t exist to make life easier?…Coming up with an idea of like, “Hey, this is a problem and we could save x amount of time by fixing it with this part or something like that.” Never down talking anyone else’s product.

Maker Myles
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What’s Special About Ender 3?

Occasionally, when I am cruising through a Facebook 3D printing group to find answers to questions or wanting to help others looking for answers, I get the feeling that Creality Enders are all the rage. I see what seems to be endless announcements of new Ender 3 purchases. I own a different Creality printer and when I see the announcements I wonder if people know what they are in for. I have seen many complaints about the printer; especially a couple of years ago. It turns out that I am the one with the limited imagination. I failed to see the printer’s potential. Enders are open source, starter printers and if it had been around when I bought my first printer in 2016, I would never have sold it or given it away.

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Cura’s Triangles Infill

Just in case you missed news about Cura’s triangles infill, the photos above and below are examples printed with Push Plastic’s Translucent Green. Both examples were printed with one perimeter, 30 % infill, and 0.2 layer height.

I have tried using Cura’s gyroid infill without perimeters, hoping to get results similar to Stefan of CNC Kitchen, as he did in his video. The prints crumbled. Perhaps I will try it again with one perimeter and translucent filament. Until then, I will enjoy the nuances of this mesmerizing triangles infill.

3D Printer Enclosure Fan Assembly

This is fan assembly iteration 2. The first iteration can be seen in a prior post. I have been working on this assembly for months, trying to find a 120 mm fan that works (literally), is powerful enough to blow air through a HEPA filter, and has a connection for a power outlet. Most 120 mm fans have connections for computer interiors and require adapters for direct connection to power outlets. After ordering a few fans, I was finally able to connect a high speed pressure fan directly to an outlet using a 12V DC power supply with 4 pin Molex.

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Orbelisk is another design emanating from the raft created when I printed a table bracket. It was inspired by a glass object I saw in a home decor magazine I read while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room.

To obtain size variations, I simply scaled the model in Cura slicing software. It was printed with 3D-Fuel, Workday PLA -Island Fuschia.

Sterilizing PLA for Medical Use – How PLA Survived Autoclaving

DtM-v3.1 Face Shield published an article a few days ago concerning research on using PLA filament for objects in the “sterile surgical field.” I can barely contain my excitement!

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