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3D Printing Through to Painting

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Tyson Washburn

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From being a parkour instructor to project manager at a 3D manufacturing company, I have gained a great amount of experience in many fields. I have been doing 3D printing and manufacturing for years, working on projects ranging from 1 inch prototypes to 12 foot tall display pieces. I have a great passion for 3D printing and want to share the many tricks I've learned over the years to kick-start those just starting out.

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Skills you will gain

1. 3D printing 2. How to use slicer software 3. Post processing 4. Tricks to quickly smooth prints, painting 5. Where to find 3D models to print

Course description

3D printing can be an intimidating process, but once you've learned the basics its actually quite simple to get high quality results. This course will quickly get you through the learning curve, and I've included a professional 3D model to use along the way. Having a high quality and exciting 3D model can help keep you motivated throughout the learning process, that's why I've included the Cthulhu bust that you see in the thumbnail image with this class. This model was specifically designed to be highly detailed but still simple to print for beginners. The model alone would cost more than the full price of this course. I've done literally thousands of prints for everything from 1in prototypes to 12 foot tall displays (you read that right, 12 Feet). In this course I will help you avoid the trial and error I went through and benefit from the knowledge I gained through thousands of hours printing. Other classes will stop at getting a simple print, but I will take you through the process of quickly smoothing and painting your print using tricks I've learned from my experience in the trade show industry to get you professional level final results. I've been training people in various skills for over 9 years and I've used my teaching experience to make each lecture clear, concise, and highly informative.

Course content

Welcome to the course!

Intro

0m
I want to walk you though some of the places you can go to get free 3D models to print and play around with. Printing something you're passionate about will make the learning process much more fun rather than tedious, so find something that excites you! Included Cthulhu STL file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zon2i67gq79x5tv/Cthulhu%20bust.stl?dl=0 Bench Boat on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:763622

finding models

2m

Download Benchy + a model to use for the rest of the course

0m
I've used Simplify3D, Cura, and tried a few other slicer programs, and Ideamaker slicer is my favorite, plus its free! Even if you already use a different slicer I recommend giving it a try. Download IdeaMaker Slicer here: https://www.raise3d.com/ideamaker/

ideamaker basics v2

8m
Cura is a very popular slicer because it's open-sourced nature makes it very customizable and there are plenty of plugins for it out there. I personally don't like it but I want to go over the basics as plenty of people do. Download Cura here: https://ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura

Cura Basics

4m
Our printer settings can change every aspect of how our printer prints. It's important to understand what they do and to experiment with them yourself as understanding how your setting effect your print can help you solve issues you have down the line. I go over the most used printer settings in both Ideamaker and Cura, but these same settings apply to any slicer program you may use.

Settings FDM

14m

Get familiar with your slicer program!

0m
ChiTuBox is a free (but you do have to make an account) slicer program that you can use with many SLA printers. SLA slicers are generally less developed than the FDM slicers at the moment, but ChiTuBox is the best one I've tried so far. Its a bit buggy but once you understand the program its actually a very powerful tool for preparing your models for printing. ChiTuBox website: www.chitubox.com Community made resin settings: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1crvzMnt_8NJXAsABinoIhcOjE8l3h7s0L82Zlh1vkL8/edit#gid=0

SLA slicer

10m
This lecture is completely optional. You'll often come across models that are faceted, meaning they have a lot of flat jagged surfaces, especially if they were pulled from a video game. Printing these models as is then smoothing them by hand would take a lot of time and effort, but by using a simple function in  Blender (a powerful free open-sourced 3D modeling program) we can smooth the model before printing. This will make our prints higher quality and easier to post process. Download Blender: https://www.blender.org/

Soothing faceted 3d prints

2m
If you're taking this course you probably already know about the basics of your printer, so I'm not going to waste your time with a 30 minute in depth look on the history and technology of 3D printing. This is a simply a quick 1 minute overview of the main functions we need to focus on when using our FDM printers.

take 2 FDM Basics

1m
Leveling your print bed is one of the most important things you'll do, and can also be one of the most frustrating. This lecture aims to make the learning curve of leveling as painless and quick as possible, but be patient as you go through trial and error.

take 2 Bed Leveling

2m
Its finally time to start our print. I'm going to run you through the process step by step to help remove any uncertainty with the process.

FDM Starting Prints

1m

Print some models!

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If you're taking this course you probably already know about the basics of your printer, so I'm not going to waste your time with a 30 minute in depth look on the history and technology of 3D printing. This is a simply a quick 90 second overview of the main functions we need to focus on when using our SLA printers.

SLA Basics

1m
Leveling your print bed is one of the most important things you'll do, and can also be one of the most frustrating. This lecture aims to make the learning curve of leveling as painless and quick as possible, but be patient as you go through trial and error.

SLA Leveling

1m
Here is the basic process of adding resin and starting your prints. It will vary a bit from printer to printer, but this is a great starting point to get you most of the way there.

Starting SLA

1m
I went through several iterations of this lecture before deciding on this. In the end I wouldn't be able to make a video going over all the potential issues without making it obscenely long. So instead what I've done is given you some great resources that very clearly explain and troubleshoot most every print issue you'll come across. If you aren't able to solve a print issue with these resources I'm still more than happy to help. FDM Troubleshooting: https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/ SLA Troubleshooting: https://help.prusa3d.com/en/tag/sl1/print-quality-troubleshooting_225

Troubleshooting printer issues

1m
This is a fairly straightforward process, we mainly want to make sure that we don't damage our prints when removing them from the bed and want to take off our supports as cleanly as possible.

Removing supports FDM

5m
This can be a messy and time consuming process. It takes some practice to clean your SLA prints well so be patient and expect to ruin or model or two while you're learning. Also make sure you are wearing a proper respirator and gloves. Resin is hazardous and you need to handle it properly. You should only handle a resin print with your bare hands once it has been fully cured.

Pulling resin prints

5m
Priming is my personal favorite part of post processing. It brings out the beautiful details of our models, as well as the imperfections we still have to clean. Painting turntable 3D model: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2139328

Priming

5m

Get your print primed!

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This method has been the single biggest change in my workflow since getting my first 3D printer. It allows me to print with much larger layers (I've gone over .4mm) and still smooth faster than traditionally sanding a model with .1mm layers. I've spent literal weeks sanding life sized models before learning about this method, hundreds of hours could have been saved! I would have payed the whole cost of this course for this video alone when I had started out. XTC-3D Resin on Reynolds: https://www.reynoldsam.com/product/xtc-3d/ XTC-3D Resin on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Smooth-XTC-3D-Performance-Print-Coating/dp/B00PFXK4JY

Easy smoothing

4m
Sometimes the method I use in smoothing the easy way isn't practical for a given model. In these cases we'll have to smooth the old fashioned way; sanding and priming over and over until its smooth. But there are a few things we can do to make that process easier on us that I go over as well.

Hard Smoothing

4m
Zenithal Shading is a quick way to bring a lot more depth to your model. It is commonly used in mini painting to provide the shading of the model that can then be colored using a thin paint.It can also be used in larger models, and is a cool look on its own. Detailed video on zenithal shading by Miniac: https://youtu.be/HgM8OPtVn2Y

Zenithal

1m
Masking will help you to get much cleaner lines and protect areas that you've already painted. Here I go over tips to up the quality of your masks as well as some common use cases.

Masking

2m
Your base coat is the foundation of the rest of your paint job. You generally want it to be the color most of your model is going to be so you only have to spend time masking or hand painting the details.

Base Coat

2m
Hand painting can be a long and highly rewarding process. It can also be intimidating to start, that's why this video aims to make hand painting approachable by going over the various techniques, brushes, and paints that I use to get high quality results.

Hand Painting

6m

Paint!

0m

Timelapse

26m
Hatchbox Wooden PLA: https://www.amazon.com/HATCHBOX-3D-Filament-Dimensional-Accuracy/dp/B01092XXD4

Wood Stain

4m
You've finished the class and created your very own custom display piece! This is an amazing accomplishment! This has been a very hands on and detailed process and you've stuck to it to the end! Take a moment to share what you've created, I would love to see it and your success can help encourage those just starting out!

Outro

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Requirements

Have access to a 3D printer and a computer that can run slicer software.
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2h 5m

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