10 Must-Have 3D Printer Accessories

Cheryl Owens20 Feb 2022

3D printing is one of the most disruptive technologies we have today. It's the future of manufacturing, where digital designs are transformed into fully-functioning real-world objects with only a few clicks and minutes of wait time. 3D printers have made it possible to create anything from a simple plastic model to a complicated mechanical part in just hours. They're also remarkably easy to operate and maintain, making them accessible for home use. But how does your 3D printer work? It's powered by an extruder that melts layers of filament into a pool at the bottom of the print bed. The extruder melts up to 1 kg of filament per hour, building up a vertical layer that is cured with heat or pressure. That stack is then sliced off and built up again until it becomes a finished product. High-quality prints require different set-ups, so you'll want to be sure you've got all these essentials on hand before you start your project!

10 Must-Have 3D Printer Accessories

1. Support Structure

When you print a 3D object, there's a large probability that it needs support. This is done to prevent overhangs and extruder jams. Without a frame or structure underneath the object, it's impossible to remove it without ruining the 3D model; moreover, the sharp spikes that would form due to extruder steam being unable to maintain itself would jam it or break it entirely. Although many printers create their supports from the locally sourced filament, printers equipped with heated build plates should also purchase clips.

2. Sealed Containers

Printing with dual extruders allows you to create incredibly detailed prints. With two different color filaments, it's possible to print a model completely in uniform color. However, sealable containers are essential to protect the layer that was not cured by the UV light (used for curing in a single-extrusion printer). If you want to protect your parts from internal contamination, such as by outside dirt or sweat from your hands, containers will prevent that.

3. Nozzle Cleaning Brushes

Suppose you use ABS instead of PLA on your printer, and the part fails because it was damaged by excess heat from prolonged printing time that caused very poor layer bonding. In that case, a set of nozzle cleaning material is essential for your printer to keep healthy and allow you to be successful. Depending on the manufacturer's recommendations, the brushes and wands will help you clean extruders with or without compressed air attached.

4. 3D Printing Filament Extruders

When you want to use a different color for your object, you can easily and quickly change filament — with dual or multiple extruders on your printer — by using a simple script for the slicing software that's available on the manufacturer's website. All you will need is a turnkey extruder that enables you to change from one filament to another without damaging or jamming the former while loading new filaments. This saves precious time since these turnkey accessories also make programming step changes in temperature and speed. These help printers keep working when they experience a technical issue: if an extruder jams, there is no need to stop the entire machine and clear it; instead, removing and installing a new pre-loaded extruder takes only a few seconds.

5. Filament Spool Holder

3D printers don't use the same size spool holders as printers with 2D and roll printing materials like inkjet and toner-based; therefore, it requires separate parts for 3D printer-specific making. Therefore, when you have a single spool holder, quickly removing filament from the printer becomes a rocket-important task when you need to change the filament quickly during your project. A spool holder allows the reel to lay flat to prevent any unwanted tension while loading while also giving you a simple way of securing your roll when it's released from the printer. These sturdy fixtures also make changing filament compatible with any 3D printer because their universal kit allows for the fast installation of many 3D printer models.

6. Reusable spools

Although cheap 3D printer spools of filament may seem like the ideal and economical material choice for the printer, they can only last for 100 meters (109 yds), depending on your specific plastic. While using a partially used spool can cause jamming due to its complex interiors, you can always mix unused and partially used rolls from one job to another without contamination or tearing if it's a compatible type of plastic. To minimize any shrinkage issues when you buy plastic in bulk, you have to store it in an area like a compact space with controlled humidity and temperature.  If some of your rolls are part, you should save new or unused ones so they are not contaminated or would not cause harm by mixing them with contaminated material.

7. Spool with adjustable tension system

This accessory aims to maintain constant and uniform tension when the filament is uploaded through a drive and should be printed for applications where usability, mechanical stability, and aesthetical design are important. Threaded compression bearings relieve any pressure from changing direction. Its built-in washers ensure that pressure remains centrally evenly compressed over its surface area. It will never pull tight extrusion almost instantaneously to avoid clogging but gently slows it down to be ready for recording if needed while also providing a further strength improvement key location point on the guide pulley hub. You can control the maximum amount of filament pulled into your spool utilizing a printable set of ball bearings.

8. Storage clips

There are many ways to keep and store your spool safely before and after each use. The most feasible design is the traditional wooden one mounted on the wall of your building when you need to store it. It has an adjustable bar on top connected to the taut string lower section, allowing you to pull only a single amount of plastic.  It allows for two or more rolls of filament and keeps them secure with a stone or weight attached so it does not fall or cause malfunction.

9. Fan Cooler/ Improved cooling shrouds

"Something similar to the cool feature is vertical fans. Wide clearance with intensive reductions in his rolling friction. Around a plastic through layers of rads probably work well as long as it makes the print and maintains stability while feeding. This can be easily achieved by automatically mounting fans or fans in your printer via MP or air duct mounted on the usual location of printers located at the rear of the printing bed. The fact is, rads are easy to cool only themselves but not healthy long term, so good airflow is essential for printers to survive the evolution.

10. Steel Nozzles

Steel Nozzles are inserted into the combined air system consisting of attachments with different nozzles and a mixing funnel. Nozzle components are installed on most printers. Steel has proven to be an ability to conduct heat thoroughly, which is important for high quality or even semi-translucent materials like polycarbonates and moulds.

Cheryl Owens

Cheryl Owens

Welcome to Printlitic! 3D printing became a hobby of mine 5 years ago with an earlier model of Anycubic printer. Since then, I have grown to love seeing what people can build & create, and how these printers can change the world.

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