Tools: What do you recommend?
A plastic dial caliper is very handy for quick measurements, does not require batteries and is good enough for most things during every day use, for better precision a metric digital metal vernier caliper is slightly better, and a good quality micrometer is useful for initial calibration again in metric measurements. A pocket steel rule is handy as well.
I also have a set of copper pickling tongs for cleaning filament of the nozzle prior to printing, copper is softer than the nickel plating so less likely to damage the nozzle.
A set of good small electronics side cutters and long nose pliers and bent long nose pliers ideally serrated jaws for removing supports.
A hot air gun or heat tool for blasting stringing away.
A plastic razor blade tool for removing the prints from the bed.
I will post another one. I have to agree that a heat gun is essential. That blob surrounding your hotend needs cleaning and one of these will help you remove it without damaging the wires or hardware.
I own 2:
For 3D printing, I prefer the small one.
I am looking at buying another one: the Tacklife Mini Heat Gun. I need a second one to take to the field to do shrink wrap and it looks interesting and has really positive reviews. Does anyone else have any suggested tools?
I do have a Wagner heat gun, mostly used for shrink tube, and I HOPE I never have to use it on something like that. The worst I've had was easily cleaned up by heating it up and gently removing the blobs with a wire brush.
While we're on the topic, another tool that I am including in my side caddy is a dental mirror. Handy to inspect the nozzle vicinity and, when I need to, change the nozzle.
That one was not mine, but i have had several similar.
Yes, exactly like those, BUT!, they are a little larger than they look, which makes them a little bit on the big side and half the size would have sufficed, but I have them now and use them.
Part of my custom start print G code first heats the print head up to 100 Deg C to soften any residue before homing and causing dents in the bed, then the head moves up to a safe distance whilst heating up to 150 Deg at which point any stuck on filament (PETG in my case) can be pinched down the side of the nozzle with the copper tongs and it all comes off like a skin leaving a spotless nozzle (Nickel plated copper).
This wait to clean waits 10 seconds or a press of the rotary button and then continues moving the now clean nozzle to the bed for pre-heating the PINDA.
This is the heat gun I have, works well.
Great stuff. The heat gun is similar to the one I have. That one is not available in the US. Ó
To be honest not really required, but it does allow you to really inspect layer bonding, first layer extrusion, corners!, you can see if the filament is being pulled too tight.
I use one.
this one looks really great I like it 👍
What is the thumb nozzle tool you have?
I am going to post another:
One tool that is a must is a good nozzle wrench. I have several.
- FSYETC Printer Upgrade Wrench: I do nto like this one. I have found it clumsy.
- 3d Printer Tool Kit & Nozzles: I like this one, but it is not my top pick. It works well on V6 hotends.
- Aibecy Hotend + Wrench: I love the hotend tool and insulated wrench handle. This is probably #2 on my list.
- Aluminum Small Cross Wrenches: These little wrenches are one of the most useful tied for number 1. I like the ability to put an Allen wrench through the side holes to get a larger grip.
- Aluminum 7mm wrench: Great little tool. Probably number 3 on my list.
- Slice Engineering Nozzle Wrench: Geat on the mosquito. It is amazing and will work on V6 with an adaptor. #1 on my list.
- The Olsson Tool: I use this with my Ruby.
What wrenches do you use?
I have to agree with buying a heat gun.
I own the Portal Cable and Dewalt Heat Gun. I just bought this heat gun with a digital temperature display. I found the size more useful for 3d printing and the display useful to gauge when to remove plastic bits.
I have found them very useful for cleaning up those printing misfires.
Which gun do you use?