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Tutorials – OpenSCAD

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Ah! What a joy your first 3D printer … but once you have printed your first benchy, where do you go from there? To building your own pieces, of course!

If you do a superficial search online, it would seem that there are two things you can do with your new 3D printer: the first is print benchies (castles and skulls with which to adorn your bookshelf); the second is to create the bits of your next Comic Con cosplay costume you can't make with a sewing machine.

Then there is a subgroup of people who seem to think that 3D printing is an aim in itself, and that the best use of their filament is to build things that further enhance their machines. I am one of them.

Printer Pimping

Truth be said, I have not been this excited over a gadget in years. I was in awe of my first prints and realized this was a thing I wanted to keep in good working order for ever. I found a post on Thingiverse [1] that explained that my printer model had a design flaw: The vent over the electronics was facing upwards; hence dust and little bits of plastic from the prints could fall in and damage the fan. The solution was to print an exhaust vent cover that would propel the flow of air towards the front.

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