This year Silhouette America released a new machine the Silhouette Alta. Unlike other Silhouette machines this one has opened up the world of 3D printing to a new audience. As with all 3D printers the Alta has a huge learning curve but here are my list of top tips for beginners 🙂
- The Silhouette Alta uses a PLA filament which is biodegradable – which is great but there are a few things that are important to remember when using this filament.
- It has a shelf life of about a year in its filament form before it starts to degrade so if your bulk purchasing make sure you use within the year.
- The PLA filament absorbs waters so keep opened but unused filament in a sealed container.
- It is made from plants so is food safe 🙂
- 3D printing is really slow process so if you have a big design you want to print make sure you leave plenty of time to get it done.
- The platform base which the Alta prints onto needs to be covered for the 3D print to stick. The Alta comes with a few coverings to get you started. After that you can either restock from Silhouette or use one of the many alternatives such as painters tape.
- You can use any PLA filament in the Alta so long as it is the same size 1.75mm
- The filament can be painted once it has printed! You can use lots of different paints such as acrylic, model paint or even nail varnish!
- Download Silhouette Studio as well as Silhouette 3D as it’s great to edit or create 2D files that you can then import into Silhouette 3D
If you have any more hints and tips for Alta users please add them to the comments below.
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