What do I want to achieve?
I would like to know the basics for getting things 3Dprinted by a 3rd party.
Mainly types of printing tech, types of available filaments, sources for 3d model files, sources for companies or individuals that can print the file.
An extra would be sources for people who can edit the 3d model files.
Why do I want to achieve this?
I came to look at 3d printing when I needed some solution to hold the eight hard drives of my AI training station. The industrial ones were too big and expensive while all I needed were some plastic brackets.
At the same time, I wanted a case for my Pinephone development linux mobile phone, which doesn’t sell in the shops.
I also need a sturdy solution to hold cameras and phones in my car, something modular but that will fit the devices I plan to use.
Hence, I want to have things designed and printed, but I do not want to spend the time and money on getting a printer myself at this stage. From what I’ve read getting proper quality prints is an art, so we’re looking for people who already possesses the correct hardware and experience.
All I need to know if what I can ask from them, which this basic primer should cover.
How am I going to achieve this?
I took on the brackets for the hard disks and the cover for the pinephone as first projects.
I will find what files I need to use
search for a correct file
find the ways it can be printed
and have them printed by a 3rd party.
Choosing the right printing method and the right filament is important, but there are many printing technology and lots of filament types.
So I made this simple flow chart to be able to easily choose the right printer and “ink” filaments: