Tools: What do you recommend?
Ok, I have more tools than I need, but I am interested in what tools you find the most useful in your 3D printing hobby.
I am going to start this off.
I recommend the Buildtak print surface and the Buildtac spatula. I would not use it to remove prints from the Textured or Smooth PEI surfaces from Prusa. I bought an extra plain steel sheet to put it on. I have found it perfect for those tough to stick filaments.
Which tool do you feel is essential?
In the orange PETg 'caddy' box beside the printer I have an assortment of tools and items, including a box knife, needle nose pliers, hemostat, dental explorer, 7mm socket with ratchet handle, printed torque wrench for tightening nozzles, allen key set.
Open-end wrench ('spanner' in the UK) for holding the hot end when removing nozzles.
Glue sticks, tube of Superlube, two small wire brushes for removing 'boogers' from the nozzle and hot end.
For removing prints I have (PETg) a smaller 'pick' with a thumb hole and a larger scraper. Since I learned one lesson the hard way and ruined the surface of one side of the first smooth sheet, my rule of thumb (pun intended) is to use nothing harder than a thumb nail to remove a print.
The best bang for the buck IME has been a 150x1.5mm brass rod with polished ends used to clear extruder jams without disassembly of the entire extruder.
One tool I have used for almost 6 years now and I have never read about anyone else using one, is a cable cutter for the filament, much like the one i link to.
When I started printing there was much talk about having a clean edge that was cut at an angle. So i thought what could be better then a cable cutter. Nowadays I know it really doesn’t matter ‘that’ much but the cable cutter still lies true next to my printer.
Oh, I should try to explain why I choose a cable cutter but I think that’s beyond my limit in English, but I’ll give it a go; the edges aren’t straight, there curved so it kind of cuts it around the filament rather than squashing it, and the edges is only sharpened from one side leaving a sharper edge on the filament.
Well I use nail clippers for cutting filament 😀 Then I keep scraper, hex key and tweezers right at the printer on a magnet. Rest of the tools are in the box nearby.
Nice, but don’t expect too much, I guess there is not much of a difference between your cutter, but I kind of like it 🙂 It grips “around” the filament when you cut it and it makes it feel good, you know those little things in life 😉
Just some bog standard front that were included in fishing line package.
I do the same but with tungsten.
How's the thermal transmission with tungsten? I like the copper because I can shove the rod up through the nozzle/heater block and it'll transmit heat up to soften stuck filament.
To get this topic started, I will post another.
* Digital Calibers - nothing is as useful for a 3d designer and printer fanatic as a pair of digital calibers KRAFTLER Digital Vernier Caliper Electronic Measuring tool is my favorite. I really like the alimental design of these calipers. A cheap pair will get you through but a good, quality all metal pair is way to go.
Yes, agree. For decades I had a regular dial caliper and received a digital one from the inlaws as a gift last year and I find it extremely valuable in 3d printing, both for the drafting of items from real-life samples, and for sanity-checking results.
Agreed. I use one to measure antique bullet from my metal detecting collection. It was very hit and miss. To be accurate you must have the talent.