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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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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.

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