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3D Printing In Astrophotography

3D Printing In Astrophotography

3D Printing In Astrophotography
3D printed Bahtinov Masks

You’ve seen 3D printing on YouTube. You’ve seen them on telescopes at star parties. Yes, 3D printed components are slowly making their way onto telescope rigs near you. Although 3D printing in astrophotography is daunting, this course begins to pull back that curtain of mystery. By the end of this course, you’ll learn how 3D printers work and how to print common astrophotography tools. Likewise you will also learn how to purchase these 3D printed items through low cost local resources. Finally you’ll be ready, if you choose, to purchase the 3D printer right for you.

3D Printing In Astrophotography: Prerequisites

There’s a lot of information contained here, as a result, you’ll need your favorite note taking tool(s) for this course.

What You’ll Learn

  • Common Printer Types
    • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
    • Masked Stereolithography (mSLA)
    • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Tools Required
    • Because I don’t own a printer
      • 3D Model
    • Because I will own a printer
      • Specific Hand Tools
      • Filament
      • 3D Model
      • Slicing Software
      • Feeler Gauge
      • Glue or painters tape, and/or isopropyl alcohol
  • Where to find models
  • Where to find printers

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  1. Printer Types