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Do you NEED to Upgrade or Modify Your Artillery (Or Any) 3D Printer? Most Of The Time, No.

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Your 3D printer is very capable of awesome prints out of the box. It's true.  Mechanical, Art, High Detail, and just about anything else you can think of.   New users, while waiting for their sparkly new printer to arrive usually pour over internet resources hoping to arm themselves with the right information and even more tend to try to soak up as much useful information about 3D printing in general before they decided to jump in. Thats how it's supposed to be. The thing that people dont consider is there will be good information, and well, bad information. How do you know the difference? Well, consider what 3D printers are. They are tools. Precision TOOLS. Not toys, not casual hobby craft sports like glue guns or sticker albums. Another fact is, this is 2020 and the 3D printer technology has been around mainstream for a number of years now and, most manufacturers have things sorted out...
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Raspberry Pi4 Released Today...

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From Raspberrypi.org:We have a surprise for you today: Raspberry Pi 4 is now on sale, starting at $35. This is a comprehensive upgrade, touching almost every element of the platform. For the first time we provide a PC-like level of performance for most users, while retaining the interfacing capabilities and hackability of the classic Raspberry Pi line.Get yours today from our Approved Resellers, or from the Raspberry Pi Store in Cambridge, open today 8am–8pm!Raspberry Pi 4 Model BHere are the highlights:A 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (~3× performance)1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAMFull-throughput Gigabit EthernetDual-band 802.11ac wireless networkingBluetooth 5.0Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 portsDual monitor support, at resolutions up to 4KVideoCore VI graphics, supporting OpenGL ES 3.x4Kp60 hardware decode of HEVC videoComplete compatibility with earlier Raspberry Pi productsAnd here it is in the flesh: Raspberry Pi 4 memory optionsThis is the first time we’re offering a choice of memory capacities. We’ve gone for the following price structure,...
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3D Printing Safety: Angus (Maker's Muse) Offers Some Great Tips...

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I'm not one for always trying to re-invent the wheel, and for both new and experienced 3D printer enthusiasts sometimes it's just plain good to take a look at things to consider when using your machines. This first video covers FDM printing. Resin Printing (SLA/DLP/DUV, ect.) has other considerations and is covered in another video following it. Failure to keep safety in mind can create potentially dangerous situations.   First and foremost, I want to stress the benefits of subscribing and following Angus (Makers Muse) on Youtube because he's active and been doing this for a very long time. he's recognized in the community the world over as an authority and some of my early learning and enthusiasm was a direct result of this fine gent's contributions to our craft. His Youtube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxQbYGpbdrh-b2ND-AfIybgHe also has an active Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/makersmuse    
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The First Layer. Elusive? No. Common Sense.

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The importance of the first layer is paramount and will usually determine if your model is going to fail later in the build or not.Credit: Peter Solomon Too many people do not give enough attention to all of the details to get the right first layer.Once that you do, so many of your problems will disappear and your printing will become fun and much more predictable!There are 6 Main Factors in getting the perfect first layer1. Well Trammed Machine(this is not so much about the first layer as in good preparation for the rest of your steps)Tramming your machine is making sure all of the components are at perfect 90° to each other, this doesn't mean leveling with a bubble level gauge. It means making sure your vertical elements are all at 90° to the horizontal elements, that your X gantry is Parallel to the bed and at 90° to your Z...
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