Dimensional Print Studio


DSC09201I got the original brush-off inspiration when I first started 3D printing now years ago. I am certainly not the first person to think of the idea. I have seen it mentioned by other 3D print people when I was reviewing Amazon user-reviews when picking this new brush. Yep the brush-off is a real brush. A small wire brush to be exact.

It is used to clean the old hot plastic debris off the nozzle of the FDM printer. It works best when the nozzle is up to full temperature.

I use the brush to clear the bit of ooze just before printing starts. The plastic cools immediately in the brush and the user must pick it out and keep the wire bristles clean of the debris. Otherwise, it will melt back onto the hot nozzle. Yuck.

I can print literally for months on the same nozzle by keeping it clean. Neither nozzle brushing nor clearing the brush is a hard task.

My original brush was one I used in my machine shop for cleaning chips from threads (after cutting them) and other metal shop tasks. The handle was wood and a bit grimy. I think it dropped into the waste can, as one day it simply disappeared from my 3D printing area.

DSC09204This new one hasn’t stood the test of time, so I won’t recommend ithe brand-name quite yet. I have used it several times and works better than my original brush. It has stainless steel bristles. 

These brushes are also made with brass bristles. My wife likes to use them around the needle area of her quilting sewing machines to clear lint fuzz.  

I highly recommend this or any similar brush be used to keep FDM printing nozzles in top (clean) condition. You might find one or two more useful around the workshop as well as the sewing machine.

I have an opinion about personal 3D printing.

I am not going to stop using it, that is a given. Years of producing 3D printed items, has established 3D printing is not a replacement for my traditional creative methods. Creative juices do not flow only in plastic pipes.

I have produced a lot of practical molded (printed) plastic Items. I also found a lot of unsatisfactory applications for the material.

I coined a term I call “Plastic Junque.”  Plastic Junque is just fun plastic stuff to print. I haven not stopped printing Junque. I just admit to myself that producing such stuff… is what it is. It is printed just because IT CAN BE PRINTED.

I don’t NEED 50 grumpy (printed plastic Junque) owls on my shelves, but I have them. Color samples I call them. A visual reminder of the color, that happens to be presented in the form of a grumpy owl.

It’s 100% totally cool to design something in 3D CAD and then hold that plastic item in my hand a few hours later. It’s Junque when I have no real (practical) use for creating it.

A hand carved one-piece wooden ball in a cage and a 3D printed version are both Junque. But there is a big difference in effort and skill to produce them.

As a kid, I assembled a lot of plastic models. As an adult I can now design and make similar plastic parts, usually already assembled. The hobby 3D printer is a great plastic model maker. Especially since the output of my printers is plastic.

To me, all plastic models are a form of Junque. They just set around and are looked at. Maybe “played” with and examined as in imagining the “real” thing. An object becomes a visual reminder. All my childhood plastic models became “Objects de Junque” and were thrown away. But a lifetime of learning to “make” and understand what those models represented, remain with me.

Dimensional art is a part of human culture. A statue is a “model” of someone or something. It is a dimensional picture. For that, it has value.

If a cast bronze figurine and an exact copy printed in plastic are offered as a choice, the one cast in bronze will most certainly be picked as the most valuable. It’s a type of material “caste system” (pun intended) of value judgement, with plastic being a lower class of material. (I choose to call Junque.)

But maybe all I want is the (low value) plastic replica. I can understand. I don’t NEED the bronze version. (Or a REAL skull of a dinosaur…)

The desktop 3D printer is accepted as an excellent proof of concept maker, that outputs those concepts in fused or resin plastic. If plastic is the finished material of choice with suitable characteristics, the 3D print is the final product. In this use, it is not a model. It is the product.

Most hobbyist like me, will never own commercial 3D manufacturing systems using exotic metallic materials. I can use a desktop printed plastic part as the prototype model for more expensive manufacturing. I do that with some of my silver jewelry creations.

Bottom line. Plastic 3D printing is a great addition to my creative skills. It is not necessarily a better system than other methods. There is an enjoyment, just in the making.

We are back! The template that controls the appearance of the website is the same. The old content is gone, and this is a fresh start. I will bring back some of the old pictures, but it may be with a different story.

I am not going to lay down any ground rules. Just enjoy showing what’s happening in my little world of 3D printing. One thing though. I realized a lot of hobby 3D printing is plastic junk and trinkets. I am guilty of that myself. I have labeled such printing I have done as producing plastic Junque, just to give it a fancy name.

For sure, I will continue printing plastic Junque. I want the focus of Dimensional Print Studio to be on invention, design and engineering. The printing is simply the manufacturing final stage of the process.

I am not selling 3D printers. So, I am not promoting the machines I use. I will talk about their features and faults and how that affects the design of what I create. It’s completely plausible to create designs that can’t be printed because of the nature of the process. Same goes for any machine tool in the workshop.

This website is dedicated to utilizing various hobby level three-dimensional printing systems. Using proper material application, design and engineering, items of enduring value and practical purpose are created. Little to no Junque designs are permitted. Oops, that sounds a bit like a rule to be broken…

Summing up, my goal is to show and tell how I design and make quality plastic things intended for dimensional printing. It’s the project design that is the prime focus of Dimensional Print Studio. The printer is a computer operated machine tool that simply follows our directions to produce a tangible output.

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