I've been playing around with 3D printing since I've got my gMax. I have printed fair amount of things and while doing so I have tweaked and changed various settings in slicer trying to get satisfactory end results. Now, all that tweaking is basically time consuming shooting in the dark most of the time. Like, let's change this and see what happens. What does this setting mean? Hmmmm, internet says it is this or that. Let's change it and see what happens. And on and on and on.
I have yet to produce anything besides rude and off prints on my gMax. It is good to make 3D models real so I can actually feel them in my hands and figure if design will work, but other than that (like printing parts for gMax), no way. I can tell it is possible to 3D print good plastic parts, (my gMax is made of them!) but they are just not coming out of my acrylic bed yet.
Question for you lass' and lads: is there a book or a web site or something where I can find explanations, aka theory, aka concepts behind 3D printing and how it works.
So that I actually can understand what all those words mean (infill, raft, travel speed, extrusion multiplier, etc etc) and so that when I notice something in my 3D print that is off (very thick and deformed 5 bottom layers, head scrapes over first 3-4 layers while printing, some layers shrink in X-Y plane some don't and I get kind of wavy wall instead of straigh one, etc, etc.) I can actually do some diagnostics and say something along the lines of: ahhhh, this looks like infill travel raft speed of stepping groove should be set to 0.025 lillyputs. Or something
Any thoughts and comments are welcome
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