Get started with 3D printing by making some friends.
This is a great lesson for 3D printing noobs, kids, and people who love a good octopus.
Step 1: Download the File
First, you need to download a file from Thingiverse:
Step 2: Slice the File
Next, you need to slice the file. This is where you configure the settings for the print.
I used a program called Kisslicer - http://kisslicer.com/
Now you can save your file to "gcode" which can be loaded into the 3D printer OS software.
Step 3: Load Your File
Load your gcode file into the 3D printer OS, and make sure that it is connected to the 3D printer.
Step 4: 3D Printer Setup
Make sure that your 3D printer is configured correctly and setup to print. This will vary depending on the machine that you are using.
Step 5: Print!
Click "print" and sit back while your new friend is created.
Step 6: You Made a Friend!
Congratulations! You have made a new friend. You can also scale the file up to make a bigger "mama" octo, or scale down to make "baby" octos. I also colored in the eyes and features with pencil and/or micron pen.
Thanks for checking it out!