Troubleshooting basics

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MakerBot 3D printers are some of the most popular and affordable printers around. Kacie Hultgren also shows you how useful they can be. Dive in and learn how to get the most from your MakerBot, set it up correctly, and prepare a basic 3D model for print. Explore when and why to use custom settings like rafts and support material, and learn to troubleshoot problems so you can keep your MakerBot running smoothly.

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Kacie Hultgren is a multidisciplinary designer, focused on set design for live performance.

Her experiments using early DIY desktop 3D printers for scale model building led to an online following in the 3D printing community, where she posts under the handle PrettySmallThings. She is passionate about teaching others to use digital tools and hardware to augment traditional craft and bring their ideas to life in three dimensions. Kacie lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter: @KacieHultgren.

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This chapter, is about troubleshooting. Whenever youre learning a new tool, youre going to encounter some problems. And really, the key is to be able to identify the root of those problems, whether theyre software, slicer errors, or hardware itself. There are a handful of issues that new users run into. And a lot of them can be solved really easily, as long as you know what to look for. Others, require more technical expertise. So well also be identifying problems that are better handled, with a call to technical support. Whatever your issues, hopefully this chapter, will lead you in the right direction.

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