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3D Printing Designs: Design an SD Card Holder by Joe Larson

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How do FFF printers work?

There tends to be a lot of variation within the family of FFF 3D printers. Some have their mechanisms exposed to the environment so that they're easy to repair, while some are protected with fancy covers so that they look good. Some have one extruder, while some have two or more. Some have fancy interface screens, and some require you to use a computer to access even the most basic functions. Yet, for all their variations, there are many similarities that all FFF printers share which define their type. Being familiar with how FFF 3D printers work will help you guide yourself while designing for them.

For FFF 3D printers, a computer takes a 3D model and translates it into commands that the printer can follow. The printer ...

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