To get started with 3D printing follow the followingsteps1. Ensure Smooth Extrusion:
Test a smooth extrusion of clay from your container by either manually pushing it through or allowing your 3D printer to extrude material until it consistently comes out of the nozzle ready for your design.
2. Slice and Load Your Design File:
Slice your design file and load it onto the 3D printer. Ensure that the file is properly prepared for printing, considering factors such as layer thickness and height. See our tips for slicing in Step 23. Initiate Printing and Focus on the First Layer:
Start the printing process, paying close attention to the first layer. Ensure it is consistent and properly adhered. Adjust the bed level manually if the first layer is too high (drooping) or if there are issues like under-extrusion.4. Monitor Consistent Extrusion:
Keep an eye on the print periodically to confirm the continuous and consistent extrusion of clay. If the results are not as desired, adjust the feed rate or print speed accordingly. For first prints we suggest lowering the print speed for underextrusion and than consistenyl up the pressure and speed once you have a better sense of how hard your printer can poush the
5. **Adapt and Learn:**
- Understand that clay 3D printing is a skill that develops over time. Embrace the learning curve, and do not hesitate to iterate and make adjustments. Familiarize yourself with the right consistency of the clay and how to optimize your 3D printer for the best results.If you're ready to embark on your clay 3D printing journey, explore our shop for modification kits and printers that cater to your specific needs. Happy printing!