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What Does Volume Mean For #3DPrinters and #3DScanners

What Is Volume In The World Of

3D Printing?

Refers to the capacity of a 3D Printer, 3D Scanner, or other device. For example; the maximum height of the range of vertical motion for the Extruder Head combined with the maximum dimensions of the Print Bed dictate the maximum size of an object it can Print. For a 3D Scanner, the Scan Volume is simply the maximum dimensions of an object it can Scan, this is usually dictated by the dimensions of the Bed/turn-table and the range of motion of the camera(s) and Laser(s), if equipped. Some devices do not have a set maximum Volume.

Fuel_3D_3D_Scanner| 3D Scanners are only limited by how much its software can accommodate as they are basically digital cameras that are optimized to recreate the object 3-Dimensionally for manipulation and/or 3D Printing. An example of a Point-and-Shoot 3D Scanner is the Fuel 3D Scanner. Some 3D Printers, such as Stereolithographic 3D Printers, are only limited by the amount of Filament you have as well as the size of the container you available to Print the object in. An example of a 3D Printer with this capability is the Peachy.

What Is A #PCB/PCB Board Exactly?

PCB is short for Printed Circuit Board; even though it is likely a poor use of English to say PCB Board since you are effectively saying, “Printed Circuit Board Board”, you will generally see it written this way as there are many aspects of PCB’s and their manufacture and that term tends to be easily specified. A Circuit Board is simply a board/flat surface with pathways “drawn” into it with a Conductive  material, usually Copper; Circuit Boards allows an electronic device to communicate with its various components as well as with other electronics. A general comparison is how streets are laid out in a city connecting various neighborhoods; the streets would be the Conductive material, the way they are laid out the pattern, and the neighborhoods the various components. Circuit Boards are almost always referred to as Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) due to the process by which they are made.


Printed Circuit Board

A Printed Circuit Board involves the Surface (usually a flat material), the Conductive material (usually a pure metal such as Silver or Copper), and a Soldering machine (in our case a 3D Printer) or other device that is used to etch the pathways/required pattern on to the Surface. While PCB construction in general most often uses a Semi-additive method most personally affordable 3D Printers use either a purely Subtractive or Additive method. Some 3D Printers, such as the Fabtotum, make PCB’s using a Subtractive Manufacturing process; the most common being PCB Milling. Some others, such as the EX, use an Additive Manufacturing Process. One popular Additive PCB process is Chemical Etching.


#didyouknow The Difference Between #CAD and #CAM Software

Cad_crank| (Computer Aided Design) software is the software you use to actually design your object. Engineers normally use CAD to design gears, motors, mechanisms, and other objects. Some architects use CAD to design buildings and other structures. The blueprint/design that you create with CAD is called a CAD or Design File. Any good CAD software will also incorporate CAE (Computer Aided Engineering software; CAE software is what tells the engineer what they designed will actually function the way it’s needed to and tells the architect whether their structure will collapse or not. Of course, many other professionals as well as hobbyist also benefit from CAD software.

CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is the software that actually operates the machine you are using to manufacture with. For 3D Printers, if your 3D Printer came with its own software it is likely that it is either only CAM software or a combination of CAD and CAM software. If the manufacturer of your 3D Printer states that software comes with your Printer make sure the software will fit your needs so you can know if you need to invest in/find additional software.  Simply, CAD designs, CAE verifies, and CAM operates.

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#DidYouKnow: How The Recommended Temperatures For #3DPrinter Filaments Are Set?

The Difference Between Extruder and Melt Temperature

The temperature recommendations for 3D Printer Filaments are set according to Extruder temperature, not melt temperature. The temperature that the Extruder of a 3D Printer needs to reach to successfully Print with a Filament that needs to be heated is usually about 100° Celcius/Fahrenheit higher than the extruder_temperature| the Filament will begin to melt at. When buying your 3D Printer and/or 3D Printer Filament make sure that the temperature specifications you are looking at are for the Print/Extruder temperature of the 3D Printer and Filament, not the general operating temperature for the Printer and melt temperature of the Filament. You should be especially cautious if you have a PLA-Only Printer and want to experiment with some other eco-friendly Filaments as most of them require an Extruder temperature higher than what most PLA-Only Printers can handle.


Updated Post: What Is A #3DScanner?

What Is A 3D Scanner?


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The BuildTak Print Bed Material


We have come across a new material that you can use to cover your Print Bed with. The BuildTak Material is designed to replace Masking/Kapton tape which allows your Print project to stick to Print Beds made from glass, aluminum, and some other very smooth Print Bed surfaces. BuildTak emphasizes that their BuildTak| is much easier to install/place on your Print Bed than any of the tapes available as well as coming off easily and cleanly. BuildTak also claims to be much more durable than any of the current tapes available so you would spend less time replacing the lining on the Bed. BuildTak is specified to work with both ABS and PLA Filament. Visit BuildTak to learn more!


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