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layer.works

layer.works is a full-service 3-D design/make/teach service provider, based in Central Alabama.

We do custom prototyping, mass production, training, troubleshooting, and consultation in additive and subtractive manufacturing.

If you have 3-D printing, 3-D design, or large-format CNC (4×8 foot) needs, send us an inquiry and we’ll get back to you quickly. Not sure if we can help you? Drop us a line with your needs and we’ll figure out what we can do or point you in the right direction.

We use and support Open Source hardware, software, principles, and methods whenever we can.

On Printables.Com – Our Profile

On Thingiverse – Our Profile

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Printables.Com

Printables.com statistics

This post is to consolidate my separate posts about various categories of statistics gathered from the printables.com 3-D printing database website.

Hopefully this will help you find excellent resources, models, and connections on printables.com.
Please comment if you have any suggestions or corrections.

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Tech

My 3-D Story

I have been doing 3-D modeling and 3-D printing since 2011.

I started out with a RepRapPro Mendel TriColour that I built from a parts kit and upgraded several times. This was a great printer, but was frankly borderline experimental. Everything had to be frequently adjusted by hand and successful prints were occasional (maybe 50% at its best.)

My second printer was a cousin to the first, a Prusa I3 MK3 (now an S) built from a kit that I got in November 2018. The improvements from the first to second printer include: auto bed levelling, filament run-out detection, magnetic spring steel flexible print plate, Bondtech dual gear extrusion system, custom E3D V6 all-metal hot end and resume on power failure. Basically, it has improved every area that could have been considered weak or unreliable through iterative engineering. The printer has been an absolute workhorse (currently at 29 kilometers of filament extruded) and my print success rate is more like 98%. Don’t call it fool-proof (they’ll invent a better fool) but it is a solid, consistent performer.

Over the last twelve years I tried a variety of (mostly open source) slicers with varying degrees of success. SkeinForge, Slic3r, Repetier, Cura, KISSlicer, IceSL. Prusa forked Slic3r into PrusaSlicer which is currently the best, most integrated, and extensively developed slicer option available.

I’ve made extensive use of Blender, OpenSCAD, FreeCAD, and a variety of other open source, free, and for-pay, commercial software over the years to do design, object repair, object modifications, customizations.

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Printables.Com

Top Makers on Printables.com

As of September 2022, on printables.com, these are the top “Makers” (those who have uploaded a certain number of printed models (“makes”) to the site):

8 – Jo Prusa – 250 makes uploaded (<0.1%)

7 – Legendary – 100 makes uploaded (31 users, <0.1%)
6 – Professional – 50 makes uploaded (479 users, 0.4%)
5 – Expert – 25 makes uploaded (1,267 users, 1.1%)
4 – Skilled – 10 makes uploaded (3,138 users, 2.6%)
3 – Explorer – 5 makes uploaded (3,270 users, 2.7%)
2 – Beginner – 3 makes uploaded (3,192 users, 2.7%)
1 – Novice – 1 makes uploaded (12,163 users, 10.1%)

By inference, ~80.5% of printables.com users haven’t uploaded any makes.

(Level values are a snapshot, these values change constantly over time. Follow the profile links if you want to know their current accomplishments.)

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Printables.Com

Top Downloaders on Printables.com

As of September 2022, on printables.com, these are the top “Download Maniacs”:

8 – Platinum (10k downloads) (<0.1%)

7 – Gold (5k downloads) (<0.1%)

6 – Silver (1k downloads) 343 users (<0.1%)
5 – Bronze (300 downloads) 363 users (0.3%)
4 – Copper (150 downloads) 1,387 users (1.2%)
3 – Brass (50 downloads) 10,724 users (9.8%)
2 – Tin (20 downloads) 25,334 users (21.1%)
1 – Iron (5 downloads) 67,652 users (56.4%)

By inference ~11.2% of printables.com users haven’t downloaded 5 models yet.

(Level values are a snapshot, these values change constantly over time. Follow the profile links if you want to know their current accomplishments.)

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Tech

3-D Printer Maintenance

Basic preventative maintenance will keep you printing problem-free. Periodically check and fix the following areas of your printer.

  • Vacuum up all the little pieces and parts of filament that drop off as the printer heats up, failed print debris, etc.
  • Dust your printer. Canned air will work fine. Blow out the fans, controller box.
  • Check the extruder body internals for filament crumbs, buildup. Do a cold pull of filament.
  • Clean your linear bearings and load them with grease. If possible, do this during initial printer build, or the next time you do a major overhaul.
  • Check for wiring fraying or chafing.
  • Check X, Y, Z round rods for any marring or flatspotting (indicating not enough lubrication) or other unusual wear. Do all the axes run smooth and straight?
  • If your print quality is consistently low and no settings seem to improve it: it’s probably time to change your nozzle. They are relatively easy to change.

Check your printer’s vendor’s documentation or website for specific maintenance suggestions.

Prusa i3 MK3 Regular Maintenance

Prusa Maintenance Tips

6 tips for Original Prusa i3 3D printer maintenance

Just a little preventative maintenance will help your printer succeed in the tasks you give to it.

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Printables.Com

Top Users on Printables.com

Prusa doesn’t make it easily to see who are the top leveled-up users on Printables.com, but with a little detective work, here’s the current top users, as of September 2022.

  • Extrutim (lvl 28)
    26k+ downloads, 5k+ likes, 396 followers, 73 following
  • S H (lvl 28) (new, 7/2022)
    7k+ downloads, 722 likes, 14 followers, 3 following
  • Cisco (lvl 26)
    17k+ downloads, 4k+ likes, 313 followers, 78 following
  • layer.works (lvl 25)
    300+ downloads, 117 likes, 9 followers, 81 following
  • HD_Creator (lvl 24)
    29k+ downloads, 3k+ likes, 159 followers, 9 following
  • Area51 (lvl 23)
    12k+ downloads, 1k+ likes, 73 followers, 14 following
  • Matt Boyer (lvl 23)
    13k+ downloads, 3k+ likes, 108 followers, 49 following
  • Mikolas Zuza (lvl 23)
    Prusa Research Staff, Host Prusa Live
    70k+ downloads, 7k+ likes, 936 followers, 71 following
  • Bugman_140 (lvl 23)
    28k+ downloads, 5k+ likes, 486 followers, 0 following
  • Ondřej Stříteský (lvl 22)
    Prusa Research Staff
    80k+ downloads, 4k+ likes, 512 followers, 66 following

Levels, accomplishments, statistics are changing constantly, so follow the links to each users’ profile to see their current accomplishments.

If there’s a user missing from the top of this list, add a comment or message me and I’ll update it.

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Printables.Com

Prusa Staff on Printables.com

This is just a quick post indexing the identified Prusa Staff members on Printables.com as of September 2022:

(Yes, there are currently only 12 identified, Pinkner added per appearance on Prusa Live #44.)

Honorable Mention:

(Level values are a snapshot, these values change constantly over time. Follow the profile links if you want to know their current accomplishments.)

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Printables.Com

Who are the Prusa Approved Designers?

The title of “Prusa Approved Designer” is awarded at by the Printables Team at its discretion to recognize and reward long-term, consistent, and high-quality work.  As of September 2022, there are 15 “Prusa Approved Designers” on Printables.Com. I’ve compiled them here for easy reference and one-page access in case you’d like to explore their profiles. Consider checking out, following, and supporting these successful and hard working designers if they interest you.

(in chronological order)

(These values are a snapshot only. Follow the profile links if you want to know a user’s current accomplishments.)

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Repositories

Best 3-D Object Repositories (2022)

Printables.com (formerly PrusaPrinters.org) – the new object repository database for users of all 3-D printers. [.stl, .3mf, .gcode]

STLFinder – Indexes .stl files from a variety of sources on the internet: a 3-D object search engine.

Cults3D – free/pay object repository.

Thangs.com – Free 3-D model community with geometric searching.

Thingiverse.com – formerly the leader, still a large collection, but site maintenance has gradually declined, owners have added advertisements to site.

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Printables.Com

Top Model Publishers on Printables.com

As of September 2022, these are the most prolific model designers on printables.com:

9 – Grand Master (1000 models published) (<0.1%)

8 – Master (500 models published) (<0.1%)

7 – Expert (200 models) 26 users (<0.1%)
6 – Professional (100 models) 92 users (<0.1%)
5 – Seasoned (50 models) 343 users (0.3%)
4 – Advanced (25 models) 1057 users (0.9%)
3 – Proficient (10 models) 4378 users (3.6%)
2 – Beginner (5 models) 5520 users (4.6%)
1 – Newcomer (1 model) 23887 users (19.9%)

By inference ~70.7% of printables.com users haven’t published at least 1 model yet.

(Level values are a snapshot, these values change constantly over time. Follow the profile links if you want to know their current accomplishments.)