3D Printer Battle Wounds

by DanLuc, published

3D Printer Battle Wounds by DanLuc Apr 9, 2013

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We have all seen the scrap ABS and PLA bins, and made our own. BUT! As gross as it might seem, we all collect these wounds. So here it is.


  1. Buy 3D printer.
  2. Calibrate set printer.
  3. Print stuffs. Print complex stuffs.
  4. Remove support material with sharpest tool available.
  5. Bandages, bandages, bandages! lol

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I have absolutely no idea why i've added that to 'Things to Make'

I must say that some of these are just brutal.

4 people added this to their "Things I Like" folder. :)

As long as it's not "Things to make" ;-)

I catch my fingers in the extruder fan nearly every day, that little bugger is -sharp-. Also have a nice little burn/pock mark on my thigh where I got too enthusiastic when melting PLA filament into a point (You know, for changing filament?) and a molten flaming blob dropped on my bare leg.

That was great fun showing off to people. -T

Oooohh Ow, I have almost the same scar, just a cm further down my thumb.
Chisel slipped trying to get a part off the platform.

I've stabbed myself a few times. Mostly it happens when I try to remove small parts of the support material with my fingernail. A small piece will get underneath mail nail and get me.

And I thought my scars were bad lol. Way to go people.
One day when we can make a RepRap powder printer the war will be won.

3D printers are mean to tools aware people. multi left-handed ones need rehab first ;-)

I usually either burn my fingers, or get plastic stuck under my finger nail digging up a raft. Yes, I have a spatula but I get excited!

I have yet to cut myself, but I have burned my hand twice trying to remove objects from the bed.

Print some protective gloves.

Actually, the printer came with a pair.

Im not surprised