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In this video I’m going to be getting into a lot of the 3D supplies that I use for creating such things as a Robocop helmet

or working on a custom Batman cowl

[Music] now when I first got into 3D printing as a hobby one of the main issues that I had with a hobby is storage space a lot of people have access to garages or specialized workshops but I’m dealing primarily with a one bedroom apartment roughly about 600 to 700 square feet so I really had to determine how am I going to organize all of my supplies in such a way to where my projects aren’t all sprawling all over my apartment so one of the ways that I went about accomplishing this is put it in a kitchen cupboard I’ve got a lot of my supplies within my kitchen cupboard a lot of the storage that you’re going to be dealing with is cans for filler primer you’re going to be dealing with storage area for filament because you’re going to be using a lot of this and if you’re using different colors you’re going to need storage space for all of that so when you’re first getting into this hobby you’re going to need some storage space you’re going to need a work area my primary work area tends to be out on my patio or it’s within my living room I normally put some cardboard that I essentially get from packaging from Amazon you know when I get deliveries and whatnot and I use that and I place that over the top of my coffee table just so that I can protect it and I don’t get any pain all over it so when you’re dealing with 3D printing one of the first issues that you might be dealing with is storage space when you get involved in 3D printing I would highly encourage you to print small because when you print small you can get a sense of how your 3D printer will react or respond to your 3D print meaning that should I Orient my print just vertically like this with supports or should I place it flat on the bed or should I invert the print in order to get the best situation or the best quality print you see when you’re printing at a large scale it increases the chances of there being errors when you get into different orientations you get into different supports however when you print small you get a sense of how your 3D printer is going to respond to your print and you waste less filament now your next question might be what kind of filament should I use well when I got into this hobby I began using Overture pla I’m not affiliated with them at all I just essentially found them on Amazon and just decided to give them a try now when I use this the vast majority of the time I get some good prints out of this filament however there have been times where I’ve received some filament that has tended to be a little bit brittle so it breaks very easily [Music] times where the spool hasn’t been rolled up properly so I have to babysit my 3D printer just to make sure that I get no snags within my spool so I’d say 70 to 80 percent of the time you get a good spool but there are times where you’ll get a bad one and you have to watch it like a hog so that’s kind of the drawbacks too using the fdm filament sometimes you might have to babysit your spool however Overture overall has been a great filament that I’ve been able to use for a lot of my prints another item you’ll need to stock up on is sandpaper I typically get three different kinds I get the 180 Grit the 220 and the 320. now the reason why you need sandpaper for your 3D prints especially for fdm is you need to be able to smooth out a lot of the print lines that show up on your 3D prints you need to kind of smooth that out just a little bit just before you get into the filler priming stage which allows you to coat a lot of these little tiny lines that show up these little layer lines that show up in your 3D print because you want your print to be nice and smooth as a finished piece such as the RoboCop helmet that I have right here so you can see that everything is just really nice and smooth well the way that I accomplish that is by using different grits of sandpaper 180 tends to be the roughest kind of sandpaper that I use just to kind of not knock down some of the layer lines and then I go to the 220 which is kind of like a medium good medium grit and then when I’m making my finishing touches then I get into the 320. lastly I would highly encourage you to protect your fingernails as you’re sanding down your projects one of the things that I found is that as I was sanding down my Batman cowl I was actually sanding down my fingernails so much so that I was getting to the cuticle and I didn’t even realize it so it’s very important that you protect yourself as you’re sanding your projects also be sure to get a good mask for sanding and for a lot of the fumes that you’re going to be dealing with now the next item on your supply list needs to be

filler primer this is huge this is DupliColor Automotive Prime this is filler primer that is sandable and what this is used for is once you’ve knocked down a lot of the layer lines with your sanding then this will coat your print so much so that it will fill in a lot of what you’re you’re not able to knock down with uh with some sanding and it’s able to smoothly cover your 3D print because you want it nice and smooth I would highly encourage you to spray this in a well-ventilated area I spray it out on my patio I just put down a nice bit of cardboard on my patio I lay the print on the cardboard and I begin to just lightly spray on this filler primer now one of the things you need to make sure that you’re conscious of is that where the positioning of your finger is on this little trigger if it’s a little bit too far the spray will hit the tip of your finger and cause drips on your print that’s something that happened to me I went a little too overboard with gripping this little nozzle this little tip right here so keep your finger more or less on the back side of this button so that it doesn’t get in the way or infringe on the spray itself because you don’t want drips on your on your print so I would highly encourage you to add filler primer to your grocery list next you’re going to need [Music] some wood filler and some Bondo spot putty now these items are used for filling in any kind of major defects or any major flaws or seam gaps within your print for example I used the Bondo to coat the back of my Batman cowl in order to fill in some defects that I was seeing along the way that needed to be corrected now eventually what you’ll do is you’ll use sandpaper to essentially buff out all of the irregularities within the spot putty you can essentially do that with the wood filler as well so it’s kind of a combination of both sometimes it’s kind of nice to use the the spot putty Bondo stuff however the fumes are just really really strong so you better be doing this in a well ventilated area however with wood filler you don’t really need to worry about fumes with something like this it goes on very very nicely but essentially these items are going to be sanded off of your part in order to make things nice and smooth oh yeah I almost forgot make sure that you stock up on a bunch of cheap brushes I usually use these brushes for being able to spread in a lot of my spot putty a lot of the Bondo spot putty and the wood filler into the seams of my prints I’ll usually wash them out in the sink but if they go bad I don’t care I’ll just toss them I also invested into some of these metal files for being able to get some of the detail to come out of my print you see sometimes when you’re coding things with a lot of wood filler and a lot of filler primer you’re going to be covering a lot of the details within your print but these metal files are really good for really bringing out and sanding out that detail so these are just some of the items that you’ll need to stock up on and have space for when you initially get into the 3D printing hobby because once you get into this hobby you’re going to be printing all sorts of things that you always wished you had as a kid so take care folks happy Printing and until next time God bless

thank you for your cooperation good night

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Charles Ellison

Author Charles Ellison

I create digital paintings of pop culture, movies, icons and anything that inspires me. Time flies when I’m creating something that begins to take shape. It’s been great transitioning from traditional pencil and paper to work digitally. A tablet and stylus has really brought my artwork to life!

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