Helpful Tools

The Basics

Note that you can buy these first four tools in the tool kit sold in our store.

  • Long Tweezers

Tweezers are useful for dealing with filament. If stubborn filament gets stuck in your extruder, tweezers are one of the most useful tools to remove it. They are also useful for removing extra filament from the hot end, where it is too hot to safely remove with your hands. Also, tweezers come in handy if you need a hot end replacement.

  • Paint Scraper

Sometimes prints can get stuck to the print bed a little too well. The paint scraper is perfect for wedging underneath your print so you can pry them off. Be careful, however, not to scratch your orange Kapton tape!

  • Tooth Brush

3D printing can get a little messy sometimes, and a tooth brush is the perfect tool to help clean up a little. They can be used to help keep your nozzle clean of filament, which would otherwise burn on the surface, or to sweeping the print bed free of filament scraps and other debris. A toothbrush is also perfectly suited for cleaning up after stripped filament.

  • 3mm Ball End Hex Driver

The most common calibrations needed for your Solidoodle, leveling the print bed and setting your Z offset, require a 3mm hex driver. The ball end makes it easier to reach the screw necessary for the Z offset, which can be a little hard to reach otherwise.

Additional Tools

  • Scissors

Mostly used for cutting filament, scissors can create a clean flat end on your filament for fewer problems when changing filament.

  • Sharp Utility Knife or X-ACTO Blade

Sometimes filament is where is just shouldn't be. If you have filament stuck in your extruder or prints that are just a little too big, you can easily cut the filament down with a utility knife.

  • Calipers

Calibration of flow rate and other filament-related things often require measurements of things less than 1 millimeter wide. An accurate caliper will allow you to properly calibrate these things.

  • Wire Brush

Filament that gets stuck to the nozzle can burn black and be hard to get off. When a regular tooth brush just doesn't cut it, a wire brush will help you get your nozzle looking clean and shiny again.

  • Acetone and Rag

Acetone is a great cleaner for your build platform and is one of the bed treatments you can use to help your first layers stick better. It also dissolves ABS, making it useful when you are printing with ABS for removing stubborn clogs, helping prints stick better, or finishing your prints.

  • Sandpaper and File Set

Sandpaper can help create a better texture on your Kapton, allow prints to stick better. This is another common bed treatment. Sandpaper, as well as a good file set, will also help you achieve different finishes on your print.

  • Blue Painter's Tape

Used mostly when printing PLA on the unheated acrylic bed, blue painter's tape is an ideal, removable surface to print on. Again, this is another recommended one of the bed treatments technique.

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