freed end. The filament is then pushed into the hot end
and tested for easy melting. Sure enough, liquid plastic
came squeezing out of the nozzle as I pushed the filament
through the hot end.
Once all these steps have been confirmed, just reattach
the Teflon tube to the hot end, queue up the model to
print from the SD card menu entry, and immediately (with
the model selection), the printer springs to life.
In about 72 minutes, I had successfully printed a test
model as shown in Figure 8. As with
any 3D printer, remember to
religiously follow and obey these three
laws for obtaining error-free 3D model
prints: Keep the nozzle immaculately
clean (see Figure 9); calibrate the bed
every time before you print; and add
a thin layer of stick glue to the bed
That’s a Wrap
I was very impressed with the
printing ability of this low-cost kit. It’s
reasonably fast and remarkably
whisper quiet. The loudest noise
comes from the dual cooling fans.
The printed results speak for themselves: not bad. No,
they aren’t equal in quality and precision to the output from
higher priced 3D printer models, but they don’t have to be.
The STARTT 3D printer is marketed as a great introduction
to 3D printing at a remarkable price point. And it delivers
on both accounts.
Did someone say, “FREE BEER?” SV
A Whole New
World to Print
Are you looking for something
really unique to print? Well, then
look no further than the D’Arcy
Thompson Zoology Museum. In a
collaborative effort with the
University of Dundee Centre for
Anatomy & Human Identification,
the Museum is 3D scanning select
animals from its world famous
zoological specimen collection.
These scans are then uploaded to
SketchFab where you can
download them and print them.
You will need to register for a
free account with SketchFab for
downloading these animal models.
This registration is worth it. For
example, the Nautilus Shell is a
beautiful Fibonacci sequence
demonstration that could be
printed and viewed by anyone,
anywhere in the world. That’s a
tangible science and mathematics
teaching tool for free!
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