Wanhao Duplicator i3


    I picked up a used Wanhao Duplicator i3 from a friend for a good price. I have used 3D printers in the past, but I have never owned one before. Having one at my house allows me to run really long print jobs (+20 hours). The interesting thing about the Wanhao Duplicator i3 is that it allows me to print exotic filaments like ninja flex, PETG, nylon, wood, etc.

    I decided to use Cura at the recommendation of John Biehler A local 3D printing genius. Cura is the software for slicing my 3D models into GCode. Its works great and is much easier than other applications that I have used in the past. It also includes the ability to add 3rd party plugins to add new features.

    I joined a helpful facebook group for the Wanhao Duplicator i3 that I have been asking lots of questions as I slowly figure this printer out.

    As I find more information I updated my 3D printer resources list.

    3D printing FAQ

    Q1) Do different manufacturers of filament require different temperatures for the same type of filament (PLA)?

    Yes they do, manufacturers almost never give you pure filament. Normally it is doped with other things in an attempt to make a better filament. Even within the same manufacturer and plastic, different colors can require differing temperatures.

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    My test first 3D print on the Wanhao Duplicator i3

    My first print on my own 3D printer. #wanhan duplicate i3. Worked first try! #3dprint #tools #toys

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