Printing a Fidget Cube Some 3-d Printing Action

in creating •  9 months ago

Good Evening Everybody!

Tonight I wanted to share my current experience in 3-D printing and some cool tools I have implemented to up my game and make new prints everyday!

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The image above is a screenshot from the Cura Slicing software

The Cura software is super user friendly for beginners to 3-d printing. They GUI (graphical user interface) is intuitive and there are pop-ups that will explain what each setting will affect on the printer.

The software will perform the slicing operation which creates the G-code as soon as you upload an .stl file which can be found by creating the CAD (computer aided drafting) file from a design software right now I switch between Creo and Fusion 360 which offers a fairly powerful CAD software for free for 3-d printing hobbyists. If you are not into designing or CAD you can also pull from other designers on https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:230139 which I found this fidget cube.

Enter another amazing software called "OctoPrint"

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Octoprint allows you to login via wifi from any device smartphone, laptop, or desktop. You may login with a username and password through a designated IP address on your network. This software can be uploaded onto a raspberry pi computer.

I bought one of the raspberry pi kits off amazon which gives you a protective case and a couple heat sinks. https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Model-Clear-Transparent-Heatsinks/dp/B01N9YSKEU/ref=sr_1_13?s=electronics&i!

From this point you can upload your g-code to Octoprint, ensure your bed is leveled then click print!

It's so cool to take something digital and watch it manifest before your eyes.

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If you look at getting into 3-d printing at a hobbyist level this is a very effective solution.

We are creators, if you could print something right now what would it be? Check out thingiverse and throw a comment down below of your print choice. You may find a surprise coming your way :)

Peace and Joy
Greg

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