printer can be a finicky piece of hardware, and you don’t want to be dealing
with a filament problem or breakdown right in the middle of making your latest
work of genius. Like any machine, you need to take care of it. This rule
applies to 3D printers more than most, because – let’s face it, the quality of
manufacture of most consumer 3D printers isn’t quite where we’d like it to be.
where 3D printer maintenance comes in. To get the cost of the hardware down,
some (not all, but some) companies have tried to get away with lower-quality
components, requiring owners to do far more regular maintenance and modding
than on your standard household appliances (or even on your old non-3D printer
– can you remember the last time you put any maintenance into that)? The
quality of 3D printers is coming up, but right now, it is what it is.
Not to fear. Let’s go over some of the best
ways to take care of your 3D printer and keep it happy. Every 3D printer is
different, and online forums can be helpful for particular manufacturers, but
here are some general 3D printer maintenance tips that apply across the