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MEP EP#313: Another Tool for Your Toolbox

Podcast Notes

3d Printing – Is It Time To Get Into It?

  • Types of printers at the personal hobbyist level
    • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
    • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Stephen’s Hopes and Dreams
    • Budget $400 to $600
    • Biggest print surface
    • 0.001” (0.0254mm) accuracy
    • Requires only setup/calibration/maintenance
      • No mods just to get it to work
      • What does Stephen mean by “work”
  • What to use the 3D printer for
    • Jigs and fixtures
    • Wire harnesses
    • Complex Air manifold
    • Testing adjustments to injection molded parts
  • Calibration
    • What is needed
    • How often?
  • Software
    • Own vs subscription
    • Slicers?
  • Consumables
    • What is needed?
    • How often?
    • What kind of cash we looking at?
  • Maintenance
    • Periodic?
    • How often?

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!