FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is 3D Printing?
A. 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. 3D print designs are created by adding layers of material on top of each other, a process known as “additive manufacturing.”
Q2. What does 3D ARTS INC offer?
A. 3D ARTS INC offers many courses involving 3D printing. We offer courses where you can learn about the software to 3D print, how to 3D print, learning the basics of 3D printing and much more. We also offer programs like building a 3D printer, 3D pen play and using a mini lathe machine. We sell 3D printers and parts
Q3. What is are the benefits of a 3D printer?
A. You can be creative and create anything! It’s like when you have an idea in mind, you can now easily create it in a software and 3D print it. And at the end of the day, you have your idea right in your hand. Before cellphones and electronics, big and small ideas were taking lots of time and now you can do it all in one day. Anyone can be an inventor today. And all you need is to learn a little about 3D printing
Q4. What is DIY?
A. DIY stands for, Do It Yourself.
We have a special course where you can build a 3D printer from scratch by yourself, a $300 course*.
*You do not need to pay for parts
Q5. What is rapid prototyping?
A. Rapid prototyping is a technique used to quickly create a scale model of a a larger physical model/object using three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data.
Q6. How long does it take for a 3D printer to print?
A. It varies on models and design structure of the file and resolution. Same with the printer quality and setup of the printer. A small model may take 10-15 minutes. The biggest model may take 1 hour, 3 hours, 5 hours, and so on. There is no exact answer
Q7. What materials are used to 3D print my designs?
A. There are many materials that are used to 3D print. It depends on the 3D printer itself, they all have different specifications. The most user friendly material and common for printers, is plastic, PLA
Q8. How much does a 3D printer cost?
A. 3D printers can vary from $300 to over $10,000. The price depends on the type of printer, size and quality.
Q9. How long does it take to set up a 3D printer?
A. Setting up a 3D printer varies on your experience but it is simple. All 3D printers come with its parts and a detailed manual.
Q10. How fast is a 3D printer?
A. That depends on your designs size and resolution. Also with the choice of filament, support material and raft.
Q11. Do I need to place the 3D printer in a special place?
A. No, you do not need to. A 3D printer can easily be placed on a desk by your computer or anywhere convenient for you.
Q12. How hot does a 3D printer get?
A. The only thing in a 3D printer that gets hot is the nozzle of where the filament comes out and the heating bed (the platform where your design is being made). The heating bed can be as hot as 250°C.
Q13. Where can I find pre-made designs to print?
A. There are many 3D printing websites where users may upload their designs for others to use. Such as Tinkercad and 123D Designs.
Q14. What software/program should I use?
A. For beginners, we suggest using Google Sketchup, 123D Design, 3DTin and Tinkercad.com.
These are all user friendly programs. Google Sketchup is a program where you must download to use it. For Tinkercad, 123D Design and 3DTin you may easily use it on a browser.
For users with experience and would like to create something big, there is FreeCAD. It is mainly used for mechanical engineering and product design but also fits with architecture. There is also Sketchup, Design Spark Mechanical and much more.
Q15. Can I print in different colours?
A. You are able to print in different colours, only if your printer supports it. One way is if your printer has more than one extruder. Or, you may pause the printer and switch out the current filament with the other filament of your choice to have different colours in one design.
Q16. What is the difference between using a 1.75 mm filament or 3 mm sized filament
A. In simple words there is no big difference between 1.75mm and 3mm filament. Your 3D printers filament size should be matched with your nozzle size. The larger the nozzle, thicker filament is good. Smaller the nozzle, stick with thinner filament as it is a good idea.
The only thing you really want to avoid is using 3mm with a small nozzle (0.35mm) because you can get clogged fast.
Most of the jamming issues are caused by using 3mm filament with something like a 0.35mm Nozzle.
3mm works fine with 0.5 Nozzle, and a large nozzle will allow you to make larger prints faster. 1.75mm filament also can work fine with 0.5 nozzle, but assuming that it would be hard to feed the filament quickly. But if you want to use a small nozzle like a 0.35mm, the pressure required to push 3mm through the smaller nozzle is something like to the power of 3 or 4, and it causes a lot of jamming. You want to avoid this. You really need a very good extruder module if you want to use 3mm filament with less then 0.4mm nozzle.
When people went down to a smaller nozzle, they started using 1.75mm filament to reduce the pressure required by the extruder (by reducing the cross-sectional area of the filament). So it all happens with a little research and experience, and now you will see more sticking with 1.75mm filament. So pick your filament based on your nozzle size.
Pick your nozzle size based on how fast you want to print vs how high of a resolution you want. Accordingly you should pick your filament size. So the only thing to look out for though is the diameter of your nozzle. Smaller nozzles will have a harder time dealing with larger filaments and the other way around. It's best to see what type of filament your local suppliers offer.
Q17. How do I contact you? Where are you located?
A. You can contact us by email: email@example.com and phone: 905-457-6605. We are located at 45 Queen St E, Brampton, ON L6W 2A7