4 Things You Need to Know Before Setting Up Your 3D Printer

Last week in the #3DPrintingTips blog, we talked about how to get 3D prints to stick to the bed. We have found that many of our readers on Facebook and Instagram also enjoy using the Aqua Net Hair Spray and beer to make their prints stick to the bed. Thank you for those comments and suggestions, please feel free to drop us a line if you have other great #3DPrintingTips. This week let’s take a look at the top 4 things you need to know when setting up your new 3D printer.

1. Space

With a print area of 1 x 1 x 0.5 meter and a total footprint of 1.43 m x 1.36 m x 1.00 m (56″ x 53.5″ x 39″) you will need a fairly large area to run the 3DP Workbench. In addition to the physical space required for the printer, you should allow at least 1 meter (~ 3ft.) of space around the unit for safety and ease of operation.

Suggested Space Clearance for 3DP Workbench

2.Electrical Access

The 3DP Workbench requires a power input of: 220v, 12 Amp, 60 Hz. Please note the 220 volts should be a dedicated outlet with a least a 12 AMP single-phase circuit. For specific electrical requirements, please download the 3DP Workbench User Manual.

NEMA L6-15R Outlet

The temperature of the printer environment will affect a print just as much as the temperature of the print head will affect the print. The room temperature can cause curling and warping if it is too cold or moving air is coming into contact with the part. Ideally, the room will be around normal room temperature (68 – 70F). The printer’s heated bed will help to reduce curling and warping. Certain materials are prone to warping and will need a higher temperature than others to reduce warping. Be aware of the manufacturers recommendations for these temperature settings.


Humidity can cause 3D printing materials to become useless. Printing with filament that has been exposed to too much moisture will result in a crackling and popping sound in the extruder, which can cause a poor quality print or even a print failure. Therefore, store your 3D printing materials in an enclosed, dry area at all times. You may also use desiccant bags to help prevent moisture.

Illustration of a metal framed hygrometer, EPS 10

So now you know the top 4 things you need to consider when setting up your new 3DP Workbench, in the next blog, we will explore more about how to store the 3D printing filaments, tools, and finished 3D prints.

Until next time.

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