Book of the Week: 3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition

By on December 17th, 2019 in book

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 3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition [Source: Amazon]
3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing Issues” by Sean Aranda and David Feeney.

This is the second edition of a book we’ve previously selected as “Book of the Week”, and the reason for the repeated selection is that the book was one of the most well-received by our readers. 

Now, it’s been updated for 2020. 

What’s it about? It’s a comprehensive collection of literally all the 3D printing mistakes and errors that can be made. It’s literally a list of all the most common failure modes that you can quickly look through to resolve the issue. 

You’ll see detailed explanations of all kinds of failure modes, including: 

  • Bed adhesion

  • Ghosting

  • Filament out

  • Layer shifts

  • Missing layers

  • Clogs

  • And much, much more

Heh, reading through the list of failures is a trip down memory lane; I am pretty certain I’ve personally experienced every single one of the listed failures. 

But in doing so, I slowly learned how to resolve the issues. I’d adjust my process, change my parameters, do some extra calibration or something to avoid the issue in the future. But the process of learning all that took quite literally years, at least for me. 

With this book you can gain that knowledge almost immediately with a quick read. And afterwards you can use the book as a kind of reference look-up when something bad happens. 

I can’t tell you how practical this book really is. It resonates very strongly with me because the author literally writes the same advice that I give others. One example is this: 

“Always watch the first layer of your print before leaving it unattended.”

That is absolutely something I learned the hard way; if a print is going to fail, odds are it will be during the first layer. By watching that layer appear, you dramatically reduce the risk of a giant spaghetti print, and sometimes even damage to your 3D printer

As before, I recommend this book as one you can use in a very practical manner when 3D printing.

Via Amazon

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!