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Printables.Com

Top Makers on Printables.com

As of late August 2022, on printables.com, these are the top “Makers”:

8 – “Jo Prusa”

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Printables.Com

Top Downloaders on Printables.com

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

8 – Platinum

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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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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 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 August 2022.

  • Extrutim (lvl 27)
    26k+ downloads, 5k+ likes, 396 followers, 73 following
  • S H (lvl 27) (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
  • Bugman_140 (lvl 22)
    28k+ downloads, 5k+ likes, 486 followers, 0 following
  • Mikolas Zuza (lvl 22)
    Prusa Research Staff, Host Prusa Live
    70k+ downloads, 7k+ likes, 936 followers, 71 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 Prusa Staff members on Printables.com (as of June 2022, in no particular order):

(Yes, there are currently only 12.)

Honorable Mention:

(Levels included to give an idea of who is most active, 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 June 2022, there are 14 “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 no particular order)

(Most of this information is gathered from the designers’ Printables.Com profile pages. It would be great if Printables could link in relevant Prusa Live Guest YouTube links and Contest Winner links back to the appropriate episode(s) and won contest(s), respectively.)

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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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Customer Prints Projects

Fall has arrived!

We’ve recently printed these colorful pumpkins for a local Montessori school, what can we make for you?

The pumpkins are approximately 6 inches in diameter and about 5 inches in total height.

Multimaterial Pumpkin and Stem is by user Marc on Printables.com.

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Tech

Help! My printer is broken

Blob of Death™, printer making weird clicking noises, parts dangling where they shouldn’t?

While using your 3-D printer, you may find that you come across a print-stopping situation. You are missing a piece, something isn’t working right, a part broke, etc. I’d always recommend exploring your vendor’s support offerings. They will frequently walk you through the issue and/or send replacement parts. But there are times when you just need a part re-printed (now that your printer is broken…) and you’re stuck in a catch-22: You can’t fix your broken printer problem with a broken printer.

If you have the .STL files for the piece or pieces you need, we’re always willing to help a fellow 3-D print enthusiast out of a jam. Just contact us with the details and we’ll see what we can do to help you get what you need.