Maker Steve’s 3D Printing Rules to successful 3D Prints

I will continue to update this page as I discover other issues.


Maker Steve’s 3D Printing rules to live by..

Don’t let your printer dry run to long without filament

  • It with warp or break-down the PTFE in the hotend.

Look for shavings on your extruder

  • It’s a good indicator there is a problem.
  • It can clog your PTFE and prevents the proper amount of filament from getting to the hotend.
  • Essentially, your filament is getting shaved down.
  • Often it is because the extruder tension arm is too tight.
  •  The green arm below.  Loosen the large screw if required.



Listen to your printer for odd sounds…

Filament management

  • Don’t let filament sit for a long time, it gets brittle and absorbs water.
  • If  you aren’t going to use your printer for a long time, pull the filament out.
  • Store filament in dry boxes or drawers. 

I use the silica packs from my filament and throw them in the box or cabinet to limit moisture. – see above

  • Don’t let your filament run out during a print if you can avoid it.
  • Find a good filament and stick with it as long as you can afford it.  I am using dikale 3d Printer filament at this point, $17.99 a roll, great quality.  I have been through more than a dozen rolls.

Use Threadlocker on your screws – especially the hotend.


Print with a Brim

  • They make the print take a little longer but almost always payoff in the long run.
  • Brim’s are required for Squares or the corners tend to come up.
  • Don’t be afraid to run a bigger brim.  I typically run 8mm but to get all of the support material to connect sometimes I will 12mm as with the image below.


There is a ton of other useful stuff on and more coming every week.

Be sure to check out my Ultimate Build Guide for Creality Ender 3

If you find this useful, please consider purchasing products through any of the links on the page, it’s free to you and I get a little something for my time.  Or, just go shopping at Amazon or Ebay  or Gearbest.

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Happy Printing,




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