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The Complete Guide to 3d Printing Fishing Lures – Part 2

The Complete Guide to 3d Printing Fishing Lures - Part 2 1

Now for part 2, we're going to explore more about the differences between major types of printers and help you decide which might be best for you. FDM printers are definitely a bit more fidgety and have more moving parts, so this may require more upkeep and ongoing maintenance. For resin printers, they have fep sheet which resembles a drum, and there are lots of screws involved but I would say this is the better choice for getting started right out of the box.

Both printers understand G Code, but the major software needed for FDM and Resin printers are Ultimaker Cura and Chitubox, respectively. Cura is much more refined and easy to use, so coupling this with the FDM makes it very workable almost immediately. For post-processing, you can pretty much pop your model right off of the FDM printer, other than removing some of the support structures.

fdm printers vs resin

Resin 3D printers do have a major downside, and that starts with removing the bill plate out of the printer and unfortunately, your model will be covered in a lot of undesirable chemicals that you definitely don't want on you. After removing your print, you must clean off the resin with rubbing alcohol and then expose it to UV light or physically scrape the toxic chemicals off of the print. However, the amazing details of a resin print can sometimes be worth all of that trouble. You can render incredible levels of detailed miniature objects, including my Baby Yoda model I recently produced.

resin printed baby grogu

Overall, the FDM prints are of adequate quality but the resin prints completely blow them out of the water. As parts get bigger, FDM is going to be the faster of the two but it depends on if speed or precision is the factor that you are looking to base your purchase on. For example, one of my recent resin prints took upwards of 18 hours, which obviously included running overnight, yet the same print on an FDM was able to finish at right around 5 hours, though of differing quality.

In conclusion, if you are only looking to make very basic lure models and care more about how quickly and how many you are making, FDM is the way to go. However, anything detail-oriented that allows you to be patient with your print definitely steers you towards the resin. Thank you for watching, and as always please like this video and subscribe to my channel for more awesome content!