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Community Article Misplaced my receipt — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Store Information and Policy Misplaced my receipt jtorres2000 ✭ March 2021 in Store Information and Policy Hello, I misplaced my receipt for my Ender 3 Pro and pla filament. Any way to retrieve it? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin March 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/7934/misplaced-my-receipt Hello, I have sent you an email regarding this. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article PLA and PLA+ Filament Frequently Asked Questions - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker PLA and PLA+ Filament Frequently Asked Questions - Micro Center This article contains some of the most frequently asked questions about PLA and PLA+ Filament that we get at our Micro Center stores. Q: What is PLA filament? A: PLA filament (Polylactic Acid) is a type of thermoplastic that is derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar cane. It is used in 3D printing and is typically used for food containers, biodegradable medical implants, models, and prototype parts. Q: Why should I use PLA filament? A: PLA filament is very easy to work with which makes it perfect for beginners in the world of 3D printing. It is less prone to warping than other filaments. Q: Why shouldn’t I use PLA filament? A: While a great filament overall, PLA is prone to clogging and attracts water molecules, making it very brittle over time. PLA clogs are usually easy to resolve however and gives you valuable experience in learning how to troubleshoot your printer. Q: What temperatures do I print PLA at? A: While the exact temperature will vary based on your printer, the exact filament you are using, and your preferences, the recommended range of temperature for PLA is 205-220°C, and 60-80°C for the bed temperature. You are not required to use a heated bed; however, it does make the process much easier. Q: What is the difference between PLA and PLA+? A: PLA and PLA+ are actually very similar filaments. PLA+ however, has extra ingredients added to it to alter its properties. Unfortunately, there is no standard of PLA+, so each company will add its own ingredients, which will change certain properties, and may change the temperatures you will need to use to print with. Q: What sizes of filament do I need? A: The size of filament that you need will vary based on your printer. Currently, there are 1.75mm and 2.85mm filaments available. Usually, printers will only support one of these sizes, so ensure you are using the correct size. Q: Why is there 3.0mm filament listed online? A: 3.0mm filament is another name for 2.85mm filament. It was originally used as a short-hand for 2.85mm. However, this confused some manufacturers as they started making actually 3.0mm filament (rather than 2.85mm filament), so be sure to check the size in the specifications for the filament. This will normally be denoted as "true diameter" and should be listed at 2.85mm rather than 3.0mm. 1.75mm filament, however, does not have this issue, and you can purchase it without concern. Q: What print speed should I use when printing with PLA? A: The exact speed will vary based on your printer and your personal preference, however typically 30mm/s - 40mm/s is the recommended print speed. Q: What retraction settings should I use? A: Retraction settings (speed and length) will vary greatly based upon your printer, what type of extruder you are using, and what filament you are using. To fine-tune this based on your printer, you can follow this guide: https://www.matterhackers.com/articles/retraction-just-say-no-to-oozing. © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Inland PLA+ Spooless — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Inland PLA+ Spooless Poppinfreshzero ✭ January 2021 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Hello I have recently had a few online orders of Inland PLA+ Spooless cancelled. I was wondering if the shortage was temporary or if this item is being discontinued? Currently, there is no Micro Center near me. So, online ordering is my only choice. Thank you 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin January 2021 Hello @Poppinfreshzero I'm not certain of the specifics for your order, but I'd be happy to check in on this for you! What item or SKU were you specifically interested in? Also what quantity were you interested in? Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Poppinfreshzero ✭ January 2021 Hello! I appreciate the help! Here the SKUs I've been trying to order: SKU: 803973 SKU: 803981 SKU: 804393 SKU: 803882 I have ordered 5 of the black that were cancelled and then 5 of the white that were cancelled. I have ordered 5 blue and they have just shipped! I really like this filament and the reason I inquire is, primarily, because I have an Etsy store and would like to use this PLA. I wanted to make sure that it was going to be in stock for the foreseeable future (I understand shortages will happen). Thank you again! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin January 2021 @Poppinfreshzero where going to email you with some questions. We'll need to know what city and state you are in. This forum is public so we'll ask you via email. We need to see which warehouse you near to check the inventory on the PLA filament. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Poppinfreshzero ✭ January 2021 I have received the email and wanted to, publicly, thank you for the great service so far! I really appreciate the help! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Josparky ✭ April 2021 I would like to know this as well. Sad day if they are not going to sell this any longer the pla+ brand they have been selling is good stuff. I need to get some more as well for my orders. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 2021 @Josparky just chiming, Enter each SKU# below on the Microcenter.com website and different Filament Spooless should come up if its in stock. Sku# 803981 Sku# 803973 Sku# 804393 Sku#803882 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dlyness0321 ✭ April 2021 It says the filament is in store only. Is this just a temporary solution? I live nowhere near a microcenter and losing this brand would really be a blow! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTDavey admin April 2021 @dlyness0321 unfortunately its in-store only. Amazon or Newegg may have the filament. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dlyness0321 ✭ April 2021 @TSTDavey will they ever come back to online ordering? I just ordered a bunch of the empty spools so I could refill them so it's kinda a bummer if I'll never get them anymore 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin April 2021 edited April 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/31271#Comment_31271 I am sorry, we would not be sure on this, any updates to shipping availability would be reflected on the product page on our website. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Silk PLA just will not adhere to bed — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Silk PLA just will not adhere to bed magarity ✭ August 2021 in 3D Printing I have a roll of red "Silk" PLA from Microcenter and I am having a terrible time with it. It just will not adhere to the bed. Nothing but spaghetti mess. I have tried nozzle temps from 205 to 245 and bed temps from 45 to 55. There is a gorgeous vase printed from the same stuff at the local MC's BYOPC counter so I know it can work, but the person who printed it is never in when I go by to ask. Anyone have any success with silk PLA care to share their secrets?? I have an Ender 5 Pro with the glass bed. Normal PLA prints just fine; only silk is giving me a problem. Yes I check the leveling, etc, between each print. Also I've tried with and without glue stick. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin September 2021 Greetings, looking at the specs we have, the Silk PLA settings are as follows: Print Temp 190C-220C Bed Temp 20-60C Printing Speed 40-60mm/s Retraction 1-3mm I would verify/test these settings out to see if that helps. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook magarity ✭ September 2021 I finally came upon the tip of using extreme strength hair spray on the glass bed for an adherent instead of just glue stick. This has worked. Anything less and silk won't stick to the bed for me. Hope this helps anyone else with that stuff. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin September 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/35976#Comment_35976 Glad to hear you found a solution and thank you for sharing your solution information with Community. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer Frequently Asked Questions - Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer Frequently Asked Questions - Micro Center This article contains some of the most frequently asked questions about Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer that we have received at Micro Center. This article aims to answer common setup and assembly related questions. Q: Do I have to assemble the Ender 3 Pro? A: The Ender 3 Pro comes partially assembled. However, there will be some parts that need to be put together. All assembly is extensively documented and included with the product. Q: Can I use an SD card to print with this printer? A: Yes, you can use an SD card to print files from. Q: How do I print from an SD card? A: To print from an SD card, insert the SD card into the SD card slot at the front left of the printer. Choose Print from SD on the on-screen menu and then select the file you wish to print. Q: Can I print over my network? A: Officially the Ender 3 Pro does not support network printing. You can however use third-party software such as OctoPrint to enable wireless printing using a Raspberry Pi. You can find instructions for OctoPrint on the manufacturer's website. However, keep in mind this is not supported by the manufacturers of the printer. As such, Micro Center Tech Support is limited in troubleshooting anything concerning wireless printing if you run into issues with this. Q: Can I print with a USB cable? A: You can print via USB with a USB A cable to a USB Mini B cable. This cable is not included with the printer as printing via the SD card is the recommended method. However, you can pick up one of these cables at your local Micro Center. Q: Can I print with TPE / TPU or other flexible filaments? A: As this printer has a Bowden style extruder, it is not recommended to print with flexible filaments. Due to its design, it will typically end in a failed print and serious clogging of the extruder. Q: Does this printer automatically level the bed? A: There is no automation in the bed leveling. It must be done manually. To level the bed, select Prepare, then Auto Home. After the printer finishes homing, choose Prepare, then Disable Steppers. This will allow you to move the extruder assembly so that you can properly level the bed. Q: How do I level the bed after disabling the steppers? A: Move the extruder to the four corners of the bed one at a time. Push the extruder assembly as low as it will go towards the bed. You should be able to place a piece of printing paper in-between the nozzle and the bed with the nozzle lightly scratching the paper. Adjust the knobs underneath the bed as needed. There will be 4, one in each corner. Q: How do I load my filament? A: You can load your filament by selecting Prepare on the on-screen menu, then Preheat PLA, or Preheat ABS depending on which filament you are using. Next press and hold down the extruder level and insert your 1.75mm filament through the hole of the extruder. Continue feeding until you see filament come out of the nozzle. Q: I’m not using PLA or ABS, how do I load filament? A: If you need to select a different temperature to preheat the printer to, select Control on the on-screen menu, then Temperature, then Nozzle, and change this to the desired value. From there you will load the filament as normal. Q: How do I unload filament? A: Heat up the nozzle to the melting point of the filament you are using, press down the lever on the extruder, and pull the filament out quickly, ensuring you don’t let it cool down in the extruder and clog it. Q: I am using Cura, but I don’t see an option for the Ender 3 Pro, which printer do I select? A: You will need to select Creality CR-10. Change the Printer Name to Ender-3 Pro, and change the X and Y values to 220, and the Z value to 250. Q: What comes with the Ender 3 Pro? A: The Ender Pro 3 comes with pliers, an extra nozzle, an 8GB SD card, pneumatic fittings for your filament loading tube, cable ties, a blade to remove models from the bed, various Allen keys for construction and maintenance, a needle to remove difficult clogs from the nozzle, a wrench, screwdriver, rack for the filament spool, and a PTFE tube for guiding the filament into the hot end. Q: What is the magnetic bed that is advertised for this printer? A: The magnetic bed makes it much easier to remove prints. You can simply lift the bed off to remove your models. This makes it much easier to remove your prints and can make the bed last longer as you do not have to scrape off the models with the included blade. Q: Where can I purchase replacement magnetic beds for this printer? A: You can purchase replacement beds directly from Creality. Q: What Power Supply Unit (PSU) is included with this printer? Is it reliable? A: The power supply used with this printer is a Mean Well LRS-350-24. You can find exact specifications on this PSU on the manufacturer's website. It is advertised to fully preheat the printer within five minutes. Q: Can the Ender 3 Pro resume printing after powering it off? A: The Ender 3 Pro can resume printing after a loss of power. Whether your power goes out, or you simply need to pause and resume later, the Ender 3 Pro will remember the exact coordinates it was printing at last and will resume when power returns. Q: What upgrades are available for the Ender 3 Pro? A: There are quite a few upgrades you can purchase or simply print for the Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro. Creality has put together a list of those on their website, and unless otherwise specified they will work for both the Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro. Q: I want to upgrade to a glass bed. Is this possible? A: You can upgrade to a glass bed for the Ender 3 Pro directly from the manufacturer: https://www.creality3dofficial.com/products/creality-new-upgraded-heated-bed-build-plate-surface Q: Can I download the source code, documentation, and software for the Ender 3 Pro? A: The source code is available from the manufacturer's website at: https://www.creality.com/goods-detail/ender-3-pro-3d-printer Q: What is the URL for the manufacturer's website? A: As of the writing of this document, the manufacturer's website can be found at: https://creality.com/ © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article 3D Printer for gift — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing 3D Printer for gift sunmom ✭ November 2020 in 3D Printing I am looking to buy a 3D printer under $300, this is for my maker wife who can build, program and fix about anything - normally I would go to your store and get recommendations but I am avoiding going into stores.  I have done some research and see the Creality Pro is on sale and gets good reviews.  Would this be what you recommend?  Also what accessories would I want to buy besides filament to make it ready to go once she builds it? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin November 2020 Hello @sunmom I'd have to agree that the Ender 3 Pro is an excellent choice. It's an amazing deal at its current price! The next step up for me would be the CR-10S, which is a bit more robust. However, it's a bit above your budget. Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with the Ender 3. It's a great intro to 3D printing. I'd recommend some Isopropyl alcohol, a drywall scraper, and some pliers. For Filament, I'd recommend our PLA+ in the color of your choice! Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns! 3 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 theres a reason all roads lead back to the ender 3 pro! its a wonderful starting point at that sub 300 dollar price point, you can even go for the v2 which is a similar machine with the glass bed and silent motherboard stock! as far as accessories go the great thing about 3d printers is they dont require much out the gate but id definitely look into getting a raspberry pi to get octoprint (a really nice wireless solution for your printers!) but past that a spool or two of PLA is enough to get you going! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Differences in New Inland Filaments — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Differences in New Inland Filaments Nexxen ✭ January 2021 in 3D Printing So I recently saw that microcenter now sells petg+ and lite pla but there isnt any clear indication how these new filaments vary from their regular petg, pla and pla+ aside from extruder temperature ranges. Does anyone know the actual differences with these new filaments? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin January 2021 Personally, printing with PLA and PLA+ I've noticed a slight difference in the color of the finished print. I think they are using a slightly different blend of materials. That being said, with some of them, I haven't noticed much of a difference at all. It seems like the PLA+ offers a slightly better print, although I haven't spent much time tweaking temp and speed. I'd love to hear what others think about the difference as well! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin January 2021 According to our buyer, Lite PLA is very similar to regular PLA but is a matte instead of glossy. PETG+ has similar mechanical characteristics to regular PETG, but it's less hydroscopic leading to longer shelf life and easier storage, isn't as susceptible to print fan speed making it easier to print, and has a higher flow rate so it can be printed faster. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 ^ what Nick said PETG+ is a heck of alot more forgiving for new petg users the lite pla is actually the same as polymakers new polyterra filament, so alot better for the environment too! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Inland filament types and properties — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Inland filament types and properties AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 in 3D Printing PLA: Cheap, low temperature resistance, and relatively brittle, this material is a WONDERFUL all rounder with amazing dimensional accuracy and some of the highest tensile strength of most hobby materials most people start printing with this and stick to it because of its cost effectiveness and versatility PLA+: very similar to PLA, this material has a toughening agent added to it to give it a lot more of an impact resistance (at the cost of some tensile strength usually) i tend to also like the color selection in + compared to regular a lot better! Silk PLA: A PLA polyester composite this material comes out incredibly shiny! because of its polyester it needs to be printed hotter than your standard PLA (i generally tend to find 235-245 work really well) and even then it tends to suffer from layer adhesion, not great for functional prints but it looks BEAUTIFUL Lite PLA: this is a PLA that has less pla (lite) and more of a plant fiber filler, this comes out a beautiful matte/semigloss while also being really nicely compostable! not great for strength however. Glass PLA: Transluscent PLA, i tend to find it needs higher temperatures. PETG: alot gummier of a plastic typically the same material they make water bottles out of, very chemical resistant higher temp resistance and completely UV stable, can be more challenging than PLA biggest advice for troubleshooting bed adhesion is to lower the bed away from the nozzle a hair or two. Food safe however the process of 3d printing is very rarely ever food safe. generally agreed to be one of the only filaments aquarium safe PETG+: generally alot more forgiving than petg standard, has a much longer shelf life to it, better spooling, not as susceptible to higher fan speeds so generally a lot easier to print with than petg, MINIMAL temp resistance and impact resistance improvements over standard ABS : An older material to be sure, can be incredibly challenging to print out on most hobbyist machine and is very susceptible to drafts or unwanted cooling, warpage is so bad that it can actually warp along the layer lines causing delamination at the worst and weak layer adhesion normally, uv sensitive so unless painted or black it will become brittle in direct UV light over time, great temp resistance though! soluble in acetone so a common practice is using acetone vapors to melt the layers together giving it a smooth injection molded look (though it very rarely improves strength) ASA: very similar to abs, and in most circles is starting to overtake abs, a tad less prone to warping but completely uv stable. Polycarbonate: generally viewed as the end all be all for hobbyist strength printing, can be very challenging to print out much in the same ways ABS or ASA is, its a lot stiffer than abs and layers adhere to each other a lot more reliably. UV stable. Nylon: there are a lot of different blends of nylon that all have different printing properties and post print properties, though generally seen as incredibly impact and wear resistant (while also being self lubricating!) great for gears/pinions/hinges and other pieces that will rub up against things, nylon in general is a very forgiving material to print as long as its printed dry, while all filaments have a certain shelf life to them (usually in the scale of months) Nylon tends to absorb enough moisture to make it unprintable in roughly 3 hours, to alleviate this you need to print it directly from a dry box. Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber materials are added to a variety of bases to add stiffness to the original material, ive seen PLA, PETG, ABS, NYLON, and even PC, the carbon fiber we stock is a nylon base, just note ANY AND ALL CARBON FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIALS REQUIRE A WEAR RESISTANT NOZZLE. PP: our newest material this is a weird one, its flexible without being terribly elastic, completely non-bioreactive so its amazing for biomods, aquariums, or hydroponics systems. (i tend to use it for custom pipe fittings) very good chemical resistance, great for pipe fittings, living hinges, and other applications that needs a wear resistant flexible piece. bed adhesion is weird needing ~90 on the bed and CLEAR PACKING TAPE (clear packing tape is usually made of polypropylene so the pp filament will fuse to it nicely) and a very low hotend temp of ~160 -RESINS- Standard: Hum Drum run of the mill prints not too much to say about it. Bio/E-resin: a bio resin ""Technically"" safer to work with (still ALWAYS recommend following all safety procedures, smell is alot less offensive however. Water washable: a very thin resin can be cleaned with water however using alcohol still works a little better, its a very VERY easy resin to clean up if you spill it. Jewelry casting resin: a nice replacement for lost investment wax casting, does require a furnace to burnout the printed positive from the plaster negative but once you burnout the positive you get an empty mold to pour molten gold/silver/pewter into! expensive up front material cost but overall produces a really clean no residue burnout and one sale will generally make up the material cost. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin March 2021 edited March 2021 Hey @AlexPasseno Welcome to the community! Glad to have you aboard! What is your favorite to work with? I noticed that you mentioned liking the PLA+, but if you had your choice of all of the above types, which would be your go-to? Also, what are your thoughts on TPU? https://media.giphy.com/media/TdXuJirQBcR52psi7l/giphy.gif 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 Love petg+! i do alot of fish tank printing, so petg is my go to and the + just makes it so much easier to print, TPU is gimmicky but if you have a use case it gets the job done! also with fish tanks pp is a good alternative since that is also food safe while having alot of the same properties 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin March 2021 Very cool. Would love to see some of your projects! 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article 3D Printing Face Shields — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing 3D Printing Face Shields ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ April 2020 edited April 2020 in 3D Printing Micro Center has been working with hundreds of healthcare professionals and organizations to help make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. Our fleet of 3D printers have been busy printing face shields based on the open source design by PRUSA Research (who has already printed and donated over 35,000!) to support local healthcare groups, and we've donated enough filament to produce approximately 6,000 face shields. Earlier this week our Micro Center Fairfax donated about 110lbs (50kbs) of PLA to Nova Labs in Virgina, who is supporting the Washington DC VA Medical Center. If you have a 3D printer and would also like to create and donate one of these face shields, you can get details and model files from PRUSA: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/27950-prusa-face-shield-us-version PRUSA has over 500 3D printers and are able to produce about 800 pieces per day. Our Micro Center community has a few thousand printers, and since these face shields cost less than $1 in filament, it's another great way to give back to your local communities. You may also want to sign up with Masksfordocs who can pair you up with local healthcare groups to make sure the right equipment goes to the right people. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments PhilDColumbus ✭ May 2020 I used 6 Ender 3 Pro 3D printers purchased at Microcenter and Inland PLA+ filament to make about 40 of these face shields based on the PRUSA design. The design worked well. Used acrylic sheet for the shield and elastic with 3D printed adjustment piece for the band. I donated them to Ohio Health. Check https://cantstopcolumbus.com/ for donation centers. 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook cyberhiker ✭ May 2020 I used my i3plus to create a bunch of face shields and ear savers to donate to a local assisted living facility. Not as nice as the Prusa design but I could print them a lot quicker and use less filament. :-) 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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As the 3D printer market has grown, many new 3D printer enthusiasts have found themselves a bit confused when it comes to 3D printer filament - knowing the difference between filaments and knowing which one is best for their particular 3D printers. Today, we’ll be discussing 3D printers, different types of filament, and helping you decide which type of filament is best for your 3D printer.   What is a 3D Printer? 3D printers create three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of 3D printed objects is achieved through something called additive processes, which involve laying down successive layers of material until the full 3D object is created. 3D printing enables users to create complex shapes and objects, all whilst using less material than traditional manufacturing methods, creating endless possibilities for printing.  In recent years, 3D printers have gotten more and more affordable, with many models being as cheap as $300 or less. They are relatively easy to use and maintain, and by far the most expensive part of owning a 3D printer is dealing with the 3D printer’s filament. Which is why knowing what filament works best for you can help save money and headaches. If you're looking for a more in-depth look at 3D printers, be sure to check out our Choosing a 3D Printer guide!   Different Types of 3D Printer Filament 3D printer filament is the material that is used by a 3D printer to print objects. Printer filament is to 3D printers as printer ink is to traditional printers. Printer filament comes in all sorts of different shapes and sizes and can vary quite a bit in price, size, color, weight, and toxicity levels. Whilst there are many different filament types available, the two most common types of filament are ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PLA (polylactic acid). Most basic 3D printers have been designed to use one of these two types of filaments, so these are really the only two that you need to know much about.  In terms of weight, filament is sold in spools that range from 0.5 kilograms to 2 kilograms. The filament comes in two thicknesses, either 1.75 millimeters or 3 millimeters. Most filaments, however, are of the 1.75-millimeter variety. With this said, let’s take a look at the different types of filaments starting with ABS and PLA.   ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Filament Inland 1.75mm Red ABS 3D Printer Filament ABS filament is one of the most common filaments around and is the same plastic that LEGOs are made out of. The filament is as popular as it is because everything printed with it is nontoxic and very durable. The filament has a fairly high melting point, ranging from 210 degrees to 250 degrees Celsius. The downside to using this filament is that ABS tends to emit a rather unpleasant odor while printing, so if you should probably plan on printing in a well-ventilated room if using this filament. In addition, the bottom corners of this filament have a knack for curling upward just a bit, especially if using a non-heated printing bed.   PLA (Polylactic Acid) Filament Inland 1.75mm Light Blue PLA+ 3D Printer Filament PLA filament, comparatively, has a lower melting point than ABS, ranging between 180 degrees and 230 degrees Celsius. One huge plus of this filament is that it is plant-based and biodegradable, something that can’t be said about other 3D printer filaments. Additionally, PLA filament is harder than ABS, prints without any warping, and is just overall generally easier to work with than ABS.   PETG Filament Inland 1.75mm Translucent Blue PETG+ 3D Printer Filament PETG (polyethylene terephthalate mixed with glycol) is a thermoplastic polymer that is most commonly used for drink bottles. PETG became quite a bit more popular during the coronavirus epidemic as it can be easily sanitized and, as a result, has been very useful for medical applications like face shields. PETG filament is resistant to water and very high temperatures (with a very high printing temperature that ranges from 230 to 250 degrees Celsius). Additionally, it has good electrical properties, has stable dimensions, and is incredibly sturdy.  One big difference that PETG filament has from both ABS and PLA filaments is that it can only be printed while using 3D printers that have fully enclosed printing spaces. PETG has the strong durability of ABS and the easy printability of PLA filaments, so as a result, it’s not surprising that it is one of the most popular among professionals looking for reliable filament.   TPU Filament Inland 1.75mm Black TPU 3D Printer Filament TPU filament, or thermoplastic polyurethane, is perhaps the most unique of all of the 3D printing filaments, with its defining characteristic is incredible flexibility. In addition, TPU is resistant to abrasion, oil, chemical, and wearing, which makes it a perfect fit for use in the automotive industry. In addition to being very resistant to high temperatures, it is also resistant to very low temperatures as well, meaning that it won’t become brittle and harder to work with in the cold. The downside to using TPU filament is that, due to its flexibility, it's not as easy to print as other filament materials. Like PETG, TPU filament is also required to be printed within an enclosed 3D printing space.   Which 3D Printer Filament Should I Use? So overall, which is the best 3D printer filament you should use? Well, it entirely depends on your 3D printing needs as well as the type of 3D printer that you own. An easy way to narrow down your choice is simply whether or not you have a 3D printer that has an enclosed printing space versus one that has an open printing area. If your 3D printer has an open space, you need to purchase either ABS or PLA filament. If your 3D printer is a model with an enclosed printing area, you need to use PETG or TPU filament. From there, figure out what type of objects you’d prefer to print. If you want to print something that is more durable and you own a printer with an open space, then ABS filament will probably be your best pick. If you’d rather print something that is biodegradable, then PLA is the option that you should go with. If you have a 3D printer with an enclosed printing space and want to print something that’s highly durable and won’t warp over time, then PETG is the option for you. And if you’re looking to create 3D objects that have more flexibility to them, then TPU filament is your best choice. Happy printing! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article new inland filament manufacturer? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing new inland filament manufacturer? 3dp ✭ October 2020 in 3D Printing I was buying the Natural Inland PLA, it came in a white box, and it was awesome.  Now I just bought some natural PLA and it came in a grey box and it is different and is more brittle.  The suggested temperature ranges are also different, so it seems like an entirely new formula.  The white box says "new and improved formula" on it and the blue box doesn't say that.  So my question is, why is there such a big difference and what should I expect going forward? 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments 3dp ✭ October 2020 Micro Center support just got back to me.  It looks like the newer grey box is the new Natural PLA, so it does in fact look like the formula has changed.  Just beware, the plastic is a lot more brittle than it used to be. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSKevinG admin October 2020 Good Morning @3dp I do apologize for the delay in response on the issue with the filament.  I do see where did did speak with someof our technical consultants by email on he issue.  We are going to forward this information  to try and get more information on the filament.  Again, i do apologize for the issue you have had with this filament and please let us know fi you hae nay other questions or concerns. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook NickBiederman admin October 2020 @3dp The formula was changed by our supplier due to a shortage of raw materials. We'll be returning to the original formula once the raw materials are available to our supplier.  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 Check out or PLA+ for less brittle PLA though 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article HOW TO diagnose underextrusion — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › 3D Printers HOW TO diagnose underextrusion AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate June 2021 in 3D Printers when dealing with underextrusion there are a few things you have to ask yourself, "did i make any large changes to how my filament feeds into the hotend recently?" "how long has this filament been sitting out?" "am i printing with composite filaments?" "Does the extruder arm feel tight enough?" or "have i recently swapped from a high temp material to a low temp material?" If you made a large change to your extruder setup (IE. swapped to a direct drive from a bowden style or vise versa) you will probably need to do an estep calibration All filament has a shelf life to it that is highly dependent on ambient moisture my general rule of thumb is about 2-3 months out in open air for pla, but you can check to see if the pla has gone bad early, if you bend an inch or two of filament at the end of the reel and it bends, then its still good, if it snaps the filaments probably gone bad. if you are printing with composite materials (carbon fiber, wood, glitter) then there is a good chance you have a partial clog, the easy fix is to replace the nozzle and call it a day but the right fix is to take a small acupuncture needle and stick it through the tip while the nozzle is heated (be careful! that nozzle WILL be under pressure and releasing that clog sometimes causes it to shoot out) the extruder arm is the lever you have to push down right where you feed your filament in, this arm is typically made of an injection molded plastic which will eventually just shatter! upgrading to a metal extruder will usually fix this issue (sku 135723 for most printers) best practice from swapping from a high temp material to a low temp material is to run a bit of purge filament through, however in a pinch you can heat your nozzle to ~10 degrees higher than the material you were just printing with it and shove some of the lower temp material through untill it runs through clean (do note DO NOT EXCEED 260 DEGREES AND PUSH PLA THROUGH this will carbonize your pla and that is a pain to clean up and will require purge/cleaning filament to fix) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Powerspec Ultra 3d Printer — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Powerspec Ultra 3d Printer szozdaml ✭ May 2020 edited January 2021 in General Discussion Hi all, my powerspec ultra is printing everything about 10% smaller than put in. I have tried to slice my builds using their recommended software 'powerprint' and the flashforge software 'flashprint' I have also done a firmware update. I know its not natural PLA shrinkage. I am out of ideas. Help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin May 2020 That's usually more of a problem with ABS than PLA and 10% would be extreme for ABS. Are you printing multiple objects at the same time or just one? Would you be able to post some examples? And just to confirm this is with everything, not an issue with duplicating the initial print? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook szozdaml ✭ May 2020 edited May 2020 The problem is with everything I print. I also print on some qidi x-smart and x-plus printers using the qidi software and have no problems with scaling. I can print the same G-code on all my printers all PLA and the powerspec always comes out significantly smaller. I have posted a pic below of two prints I have done with the same .STL with the gcode produced in their respective software. The black one is printed on powerspec (g-code produced by Powerprint) and red is printed on qidi x-smart (g-code produced by Qidi tech software). Both printed using Inland PLA 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook VicFan ✭ June 2020 I have used a FlashForge printer since they first came out (perhaps 10 years ago) and never had this problem.  In fact, it has been very accurate.  I would try first to print a cube of known size and measure it with a caliper or micrometer.  If you find it still fails, then the problem is in your slicing program (I use Simplify3D) - you are using the wrong configuration for the FlashForge.  If you slice a file for one printer and use the same file on a different printer, there will be different scaling factors applied to it.  If that still fails, you have the measurement you calculated in the cube, you would have to manually scale it in the slicing program (in Simplify3D, double click on 3D and there is an option to change scaling by just changing one number away from 100.00%). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MacBook Pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion MacBook Pro mhgwiz ✭ October 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I am interested in purchasing a MacBook Pro to replace a circa 2013 iMac.  I'm looking at the 16" screen with the Core i9 processor and 1TB Solid State drive.  I noticed ten (10) of these in the refurbished inventory and two (2) open box.  Are there inherent issues with this version of the MacBook that I should be aware of before I make my decision? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin October 2020 There aren't any specific issues with that model of Macbook that I'm aware of. Just keep in mind that while refurbished units should generally still be fine, there's always a little more inherent risk going with a refurbished product rather than new in box. Those units only come with a 90-day warranty out of box and since they're not being refurbished by Apple themselves, Apple won't support them. You do have the option of purchasing an extended warranty with us on those units however.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MacBook pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › Software › Apple MacBook pro Shams ✭ August 2020 in Apple Can you install MacOx lion 10.7 operating system from a disk on my computer  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSMikeW admin August 2020 Greetings @Shams Yes, our service department will be able to install an older version of OSX from media onto your system. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Package for face Shields — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Package for face Shields Frank ✭ April 2020 in 3D Printing Do you have the material and equipment in stock to start producing these?  How much is the equipment and given the consumables what is the cost/mask.  I would like to help address the pandemic if possible. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments ryau ✭✭✭✭✭ April 2020 edited April 2020 We have 3D printers and filament in stock (both PETG and PLA), although supplies are limited due to the increase in demand, so please check your store's inventory: 3D printers: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294828445 PLA: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294866996 PETG: https://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=petg&Ntk=all&sortby=match&N=4294822437 The 3D printers we carry range from around $140 to $2,500 A typical roll of PLA filament is around $15, PETG is around $20 a roll, and can print 20-30 face shields, each one taking 2-3 hours. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Getting Started with 3D Printing — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › 3D Printers Getting Started with 3D Printing Cfresh Columbus, Ohio admin September 2021 edited November 2021 in 3D Printers Just purchased a 3D printer? Looking into getting a 3D printer? Then, this is the place to be. 3D printers can be daunting, but the idea of 3D printing and all you can do with 3D printers is fascinating. Being able to make whatever you want from a computer? It sounds fun but how it works is a bit more complicated than that. That's why we are here with this guide to help you get your 3D printing started, and soon you'll be making prints like no other! Choosing a 3D Printer When choosing your 3D printer, you need to be mindful of many things, your experience, price range, and materials you'll be printing with. For a complete guide on picking the right 3D printer, please check out our How to Choose a 3D Printer guide! What else do I need? - Slicing Software -Micro SD Card and Reader -PLA Filament -3D Models to Print How do I get my printer to print? Now that you have your printer and your filament, how do you start printing? For your 3D printer to print something, it needs a file to read to understand how it should print. This is where Gcode files come in. Gcode files are, essentially, instructions for the printer on how to print something. You get one of these files by taking a 3D model file and uploading it to slicing software to be converted from a 3D Model Files (.stl) to a gcode file. A great place to look for 3D Model files is Thingiverse.com. Thingiverse is a site created by MakerBot, a top-rated 3D printer company. You can also check out Yeggi or Cults. These sites have many designs uploaded from other creators, and you can download their creations and upload them to the slicing software! But first, you need to understand how slicing software works. Using a Slicing Software Slicing software is essential for the 3D printer to be able to print anything. Slicing software takes a 3D Model created by yourself or someone else and then converts it into a file that works essentially as an instruction for the 3D printer to print the object. This software also allows you to change the settings for your printer, like changing speed, temperatures, and even foundation settings, with much more able to be changed. This part of 3D printing can get complicated and will take a lot of trial and error to find the proper settings for your prints based on their size, shape, and printer! A lot of research will need to be done based on your filament type, printer bed material, how level or flat your printer is, and sometimes even the climate of your room. Ultimaker Cura is a fantastic slicing software, both easy to use and free! There is other software for more advanced users like Simplify3D, a paid option but with more features. Once you upload your .stl file to this software and are done with your settings, you can upload the print to a Micro-SD card which you will then insert into your printer. Understanding the 3D printer Menus The menus on a 3D printer can be confusing and are different on most 3D printers. We'll go through a few of the more common settings, but they will vary from printer to printer. Auto-homing is when you set your 3D printer to go to the zero points of all axis'. This is where your printer will start before commencing a print, and this option is critical when trying to level. Preheat PLA is, as the name implies, for when you have PLA loaded into the printer and need it to be heated to start the print instantly. You can also change the default temperature for preheating in settings too. This is important when removing the filament from the printer as it will become stuck without preheating the nozzle. Another option is to Disable Steppers. This is important when trying to level as well. Disabling steppers allow you to move the nozzle around the bed without any resistance freely. Additionally, you can also view your SD card and select files on it to print. On the photo to the left, you can see where it says "No TF Card." When a card is inserted, it will show the SD card there, and you can select it to see the GCode files on the card and print them. (Pictured is the settings menu from an Ender 3) Leveling Your Printer Having a level printer bed is one of the most important things you need to know to get good quality prints. There are a couple of ways to do this. One would be the easy way: getting and installing an auto best leveling sensor that will automatically level your printer bed for you. However, leveling is not super complex and can quickly be done without buying anything extra. In the photo to the right, you can see a gear under the bed of the printer. These are called thumb wheels and are used to tighten the bed. There are four of these located in each corner of the bed. You can level the bed by tightening these to lower the bed and loosening them to raise the bed. If you go into your printer settings and auto home the printer and disable steppers, you should be able to move your nozzle freely along the bed. Be sure to not raise the nozzle from the home position so you can accurately level the bed. You will want to be able to fit a piece of paper between the nozzle and the bed. You don't want your nozzle to drag against the bed, but you also want the nozzle to be sliding against the paper. It is a thin line to make sure it is level. Thankfully, there are tests you can run to make sure the bed is level, such as this one on Thingiverse. The lines should print onto the bed and be well defined but do not come off by gently running your finger over it. If both are the case, then you have a leveled printer bed! Leveling Troubleshooting Are you trying to level but still having issues? You may need to look at some other aspects. For one, make sure the foundation of the printer is secure. Make all bolts are tightened securely. Go through and check every single one, especially the ones on the main foundation. If you don't have secure bolts, then the level can be lost earlier from the movement of the printer, and prints can be ruined halfway through. Also, check your limit switch (Pictured Left). This switch is responsible for setting the Zero Point of the printer. ADjusting this will allow you to move your print nozzle to the correct position for printing. Is PLA not adhering to the print bed? Sometimes the PLA still will not stick to your print bed even if the bed is level. Difficulty adhering to the print bed can be common if you have a different material bed like a glass bed, but it can happen to any bed type. This can be fixed by spraying hairspray to the bed or using a glue stick. It's also common to buy and apply painter's tape, which you can find here. Loading Filament into your Printer Eventually, you will need to load and unload the filament. This is important for printing with different kinds of materials and colors. Generally, in 3D printers, the filament will run through something called the Bowden tube into the extruder. Sometimes, it can be challenging to get the filament into the tube. An excellent and easy workaround is to cut the filament at a diagonal. This allows it to remain straight and go into the Bowden tube quickly. The filament must be running off the spool without any tangling happening. If the filament has parts overlapping, the filament can get stuck, causing a clog. What do I do if my Printer clogs? If your printer clogs, the best way to fix it is to power down the printer and remove the nozzle while cool. Once the nozzle is off, you can preheat the printer again. Once it reaches the max temp you have set for preheating, push the Bowden tube through the extruder, and the filament should come out. Be sure not to leave the Bowden tube in the hot end as it could burn it and cause it to harden, preventing the filament from running through smoothly. Remove the tube and carefully screw the nozzle back onto the extruder. Be very careful as this is still hot, but waiting to screw the nozzle on while cool is not recommended as a seal is created when the nozzle is screwed onto the extruder when heated. Once the nozzle is reattached, push the Bowden tube through to the nozzle as far as you can to ensure the filament is correctly delivered to the nozzle. Once this is done, You should be back to printing normally. What Temperature should I use? The temperature can vary on a lot of things. The printer you have, climate, PLA type, bed material, and even the brand of the PLA are all factors. Most PLA spools will come with a recommended temperature printed on the box. There are two temperatures you will need to set: the bed and the nozzle. The average temperature for the nozzle is 200 degrees celsius, and the bed should be around 60 celsius. These are the average temperatures for PLA on an Ender three-bed. Sometimes, if you have a glass bed, the temperatures may increase while printing potentially upp to 220 degrees Celsius. Of course, however, the main thing in 3D printing is trial and error. If you feel your print doesn't look good or isn't attaching to the bed well, one of the first things to change would be the temperature, as it can be the most significant cause of printing issues. Other times, it might be a sign you need an upgraded printer. Upgrading your 3D Printer One thing where 3D printers differ significantly from ordinary printers is their customizability. When you buy a standard paper printer, there isn't much room for upgrades or customization. With 3D printers, however, you can customize almost every aspect. And with the internet, you can download parts for the printer online and print them at home. However, home printing parts could lead to defects. If you're concerned about improper print parts, you can pick up official parts at Microcenter. A great piece to consider upgrading would be the bed. You can upgrade the default print bed to a glass bed, which will change how you print but allow for more high-quality prints. You can also add upgrades like laser engravers, auto-leveling kits, and even silent motherboards. One significant homemade upgrade is a remote 3D printing server. This allows you to control your 3D printer from anywhere and monitor prints with a camera. For a complete step-by-step guide, check out our How to create a remote 3D print server guide here! Tools to use when 3D Printing When you get into 3D printing, it is essential to have the right tools. At Microcenter, we sell an Inland 3D Printer Tool Kit (Pictured to the right) with all the tools you need for 3D printing. This tool kit comes with essential tools for cleaning and removing prints and performing maintenance on the printer. The biggest tool you will see, and arguably one of the most important is the scraper. This is used for removing prints from the bed of your printer and is especially helpful for ensuring that they're not damaged when your prints are removed. When removing prints with your hands, you can damage the print; however, with this, you can be confident your print will come out great! There are also four needles of different sizes to help clean the nozzle from clogs. If some filament is hardened and you need to poke something through the nozzle to remove it, these needles work great for that. Allen Wrenches are also included for tightening bolts on the printer to ensure it is secure and accessing other areas like behind the screen, the fan chasse, and more. This is not the only tool kit we carry, and you can get all of these tools separately if you prefer. However, this will make sure that you are ready for anything 3D printing has to throw at you! Ready to Print With the knowledge of the basics of 3D printing, you can now get started! The great thing about 3D printing is how vast it is. You can always get better with the different materials, printers, techniques, and models; 3D printing never gets old! You can always learn more and show your friends the new prints you made. Be prepared to keep on learning, and eventually, you will be able to print anything you need! Looking for more information about 3D Printing? We’ve got a 3D Printing Community, a whole section of 3D Printing How-Tos, as well as articles on How to Choose a 3D Printer, and an in-depth look at the differences between 3D Printer filaments. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Ender v3 pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Ender v3 pro tedw52 ✭ March 2021 edited March 2021 in 3D Printing On an Ender v3 pro I am adding a laser, can I use a switch to select printer or laser? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer tedw52 ✭ March 2021 Accepted Answer Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin March 2021 Greetings, as this is a customization not typically supported by the printer, we would not really have the best information on this. I did find this guide online that may be able to answer your questions about this process: https://all3dp.com/2/ender-3-laser-engraver-upgrade-all-you-need-to-know/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 I guess its possible to build one, though typically youre going to want to put the laser on a fan port on the printer mb itself! (if you do make it yourself just note that that plug type is JST-XH pick up a crimping kit itll change your life!!) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 244 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MacBook Pro battery — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts MacBook Pro battery dsaffold ✭ June 2020 in Help Choosing Parts It seems my battery on my MacBook Pro (2015) has pooped out. I think I just need to replace it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin June 2020 Greetings. This is something the Micro Center store service departments can assist with. All you would need to do is bring the unit into your nearest Micro Center store and speak with the service department on your right. It is a first come, first serve service and the service department will be able to answer any questions regarding service pricing and turnaround rates. The only service pricing we have available over phone, chat, or email is listed on this link: http://www.microcenter.com/site/service/service.aspx. For a more exact estimate, please bring the unit into the store and speak with our service department. Our service team would be able to assist with any exact service pricing or turnaround rates.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mhead110 ✭ November 2020 My 2017 MacBook Pro also needs a new battery. Clicking on the battery symbol brings the message "Service recommended". I called apple and made an appointment through them with the Microcenter in Cambridge Mass.  Since there is no service that can be done on the battery, I just wanted to get a new one. I called Microcenter Main number, and they said that my local store had the battery I needed (I believe they said it would be about 150 or $160 installed). They said it would take an hour or two and could be done while I waited. When I got to the Cambridge, MA Microcenter service area, I was told that they could take my computer for two or three days and do an analysis for $40. I asked if that $40 would go towards the cost of a new battery and installation, and they said no.  Furthermore,  they said, no, they didn't have any batteries in stock, in fact they never keep batteries in stock.   And in order to order a battery from apple, they would have to keep my computer for 7 to 10 days. Now,  the computer operates fine, it's just that the battery is failing.  It makes no sense that they have to keep my computer during the time they are ordering the battery. I offered to pay for it upfront, but still they said it wasn't possible for me to keep the computer while they order the battery. How insane is this? The tech said that it was Apple policy – which makes no Sense at all. When I asked to speak to his supervisor, he said no one was available, everybody was in a meeting. So I took my computer and left.If this is really Apple policy can anyone explain how that makes any sense? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin November 2020 Hello @mhead110 Thank you for posting on the community and I apologize for the issues you have when it comes to our service desk.  You should be receiving an email from me regarding this issue.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 43 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 40 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.3K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 97 New Members 170 Consumer Tech 51 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 21 Hobby Boards & Projects 27 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 56 Off Topic 8 Community Ideas & Feedback 116 Your Completed Builds 2.8K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 245 Graphics Cards 184 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 65 Cases and Power Supplies 21 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article The Essential Creator Laptop Buying Guide — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides The Essential Creator Laptop Buying Guide SeanM admin October 2021 edited November 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides It’s easier than ever to find yourself as a creator. If you’re editing photos, videos, streaming on Twitch, or recording for YouTube, you’re a creator. And if you’re a creator, you know you need a computer that can handle whatever you need, as soon as you need it. And if you’re away, that desktop sitting at home isn’t going to deliver “as soon as you need it.” Thankfully, more and more laptops are starting to focus on creators of all types. From high-end video editing to mid-range audio editing and streaming and even budget writing and photo editing, there’s a creator laptop out there that will make your work-away-from-work life a lot easier.  What Makes a Good Editing Laptop? If you’re doing photo and video editing, you need a laptop that's color accurate, powerful, and portable. Color accuracy for a laptop’s screen is critical for any type of creative work (and gaming, if you’re hoping to pull double duty with your laptop). If you're a creator, you already know color accuracy is a must-have. Visual editing requires precision, and if the laptop is color-inaccurate, then the end product is likely to be a different color when viewed on another device. This might not sound like a big deal to non-creators, but if you’ve spent hours finding that perfect color for your art piece only to have it turn out the wrong shade…. However, if your focus is more on the cuts when editing video, you’ll want a greater emphasis on power. Attempting to trim, edit and add special effects to recorded videos with an average editing laptop can be painfully slow. The best work and performance laptops have a processor that is capable of heavy lifting, a solid GPU or integrated graphics, and a high-resolution display. The Best Laptops for Creators Asus Zenbook Pro Duo This multi-touch Asus laptop is one of the best laptops for multi-tasking content creators. Powered by a 2.4 gigahertz Intel Core i9 processor, the laptop allows users to work in multiple programs seamlessly. 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, along with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphic card, makes this an absolute powerhouse of editing. Not to mention, the double screen offers users a unique display option that allows users to work on multiple screens at the same time. Save screen space by putting your audio work on the bottom while you focus on the video! Of course, no editing laptop would be complete without a fantastic audio system, and the Pro Duo comes prepared. This audio system is the collaborative efforts of the experts at Harmon Kardon and the ASUS Golden Ear team. Microsoft Surface Pro X The Surface Pro is a hybrid between laptop/tablet, which tend to be more recreation focused, rather than work. The Surface Pro, however, hides a lot of power in its wildly versatile design. Equipped with a Microsoft SQ2 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a crystal-clear 13.2” screen, the Surface Pro is your stealth workhorse. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1’s are a regular go-to for creators, thanks in no small part to their wide number of configurations and specs available. MacBook Pro The new MacBook Pro of Apple is often the go-to laptop for whenever creators are looking to upgrade their devices. Featuring a 16” retina display, a magic keyboard with a scissor mechanism, advanced thermal regulation, and everything else you could need to work on the go.  Designers at Apple have focused on the MacBook’s design and integrated features for professional use. It has all the capabilities to help creators produce high-scale and advanced content of all types: videography, photography, and audio editing are all a breeze with the Macbook Pro. The MacBook Pro also comes in a wide range of models to choose from, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for.  Budget Laptops For Creators We’ve dug into some heavy hitters so far, but heavy hitters come with some heavy price tags. If you’re looking for something a bit more wallet-friendly that will still get the job done, we’ve got those too. Lenovo IdeaPad Laptops While not as flashy as some of the other models, the Lenovo IdeaPad series is the ideal work laptop: Lightweight and portable, with power to spare. The IdeaPad series is quite varied as well, offering fantastic writing laptops for as low as $430 all the way up to 4K photo editors. Whatever you’re looking to do, the IdeaPad will do it on the go without draining your bank. Acer A5 The Acer A5 retails around $530, and may just be one of the best laptops in terms of value for money. Its solid yet light frame makes the laptop easy to carry around while hiding a surprising amount of power. The display on this laptop is 15.6” full HD with an accurate color display, making it fantastic for on-the-fly video editing. Its sharp color profile also makes it amazing for gaming as well.  Final thoughts Creators, more than anyone, need to be careful when choosing a work laptop. Almost every component has the potential to bottleneck speeds, so be sure to do your research before purchasing. Know what you are looking for and what you're going to use it for. Hopefully, this guide has put you on the right path to the perfect creator laptop for you, but if you have any more questions or are looking for any more recommendations, be sure to stop by your local Micro Center! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more computer buying guides? We’ve got a full section dedicated to reviews and buying guides as well as The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gaming Laptop, How to Choose Parts for you Custom PC Build, The Best Laptops for Under $1000, and reviews of the Maingear Vector Pro Series. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 edited December 2021 What about very specific use case like... 3D render - blender, unreal engine High Res 4k and up video editing - premier  GPU recommendations and tgp specifications For example would a 3070/8gb @ 80 watts  Or going for higher tgp is better like 3070/8gb @ 95 or 110 or the highest available to like 140w And moving on to 3080/16gb ... Is 165w better compared to lower tgp ... Can you explain the difference in performance from a creator's use case Is it just mostly for gaming so that the higher tgp can push more resulting in better fps etc... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38528#Comment_38528 Hi @Seanwdym - In general, more GPU power is going to work better for both of your use cases, particularly for 3D rendering (You'll want the most VRAM for that). If you're looking to focus more on 4K editing, a 3070 would do just fine. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 thank you Sean, ok so in general higher tgp is better. Are there any particular models you recommend that you carry 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 For 3D render and video edits 4k and up 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38558#Comment_38558 Did you have an intended budget in mind? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 Well... My ceiling is 4k but ideally under $3500.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38608#Comment_38608 Thank you for the information. Which Micro Center store would you be nearest to? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 Parkville, Maryland - 1957 E Joppa Rd, Parkville, MD 21234 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38637#Comment_38637 I'd look at this option, looks like they have it in stock as of writing this post at Parkville. https://www.microcenter.com/product/642837/asus-rog-strix-scar-17-g733qsa-xb99-173-gaming-laptop-computer-black 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. 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