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has a metal frame. The printer also has a heated bed for
helping to make prints stick and includes an SD card and
LCD control panel that I needed to add to my Fabrikator.
This is really a great printer for a beginner or for
someone on a budget. It also is small enough to fit on your
bench. The resistor/diode checker easily fits on the Select
Mini bed, so it’s a great addition to your electronics lab.
My 3D Print
I printed the design at a 0.2 layer height and 50% fill
(which is the percentage of the inside that is solid plastic)
because I wanted it strong. These are the settings that
determine the quality of the print. Tinkercad software can
export the .stl file, but it needs to be sliced and converted
to G-Code for the 3D printer. This is where the layer height
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n FIGURE 3. MP Select Mini 3D printer.
n FIGURE 4. Finished design.
n FIGURE 5. V-shaped conductors.