Silhouette Alta Top Tips for Beginners

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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7 thoughts on “Silhouette Alta Top Tips for Beginners

  1. hi i checked the site out but when i download a imagei cant get it on my alta 3d they go in to my downoad files and i dont know how to take from there to put on the alta i would be very grateful if u could help me on this


    1. Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for your comment. I had the same problem with the Alta 3D software. To open the files in the Alta 3D software you should open the program then go to file > open and then navigate to your download folder and open the file from there.

      I hope that helps!

  2. hi i am hoping u can help i have came to the end of the filament roll and it is stuck in the tube i have tryed unload and load but no joy so i dont no wot to do now i dont want to send it back because i love the things i can make on it so am hopeing u can can help me on this

    1. Hi 🙂

      I had a similar problem and I loaded another filament into the machine. This just pushed the old stuck piece of filament down to the print head. Then I printed a quick design to use up the stuck filament in the tube.

      I hope that makes sense!


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