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NEW USER GUIDES FOR THE ORIGINAL PRUSA MINI

Welcome to the growing family of the Original Prusa owners! Thank you again for purchasing a 3D printer directly from its developer Josef Prusa. Your purchase supports us in further development. Josef Prusa, one of the core developers of open-source project RepRap and creator of Prusa i3, started Prusa Research as a one-man startup in 2012. The company rapidly expanded and now has a team of more than 350 people. Currently, we ship more than 6000 Original Prusa printers per month to over 160 countries directly from Prague. And we continue to improve both user experience and reliability of 3D printing every day.

However, a 3D printer is not a maintenance-free machine - at least not yet. You need to learn a few things about how a 3D printer operates, so you can enjoy trouble-free printing or even solve an occasional problem, such as a clogged nozzle. But don't worry! Most problems are really easy to fix. Plus, we are here to help you. This page contains links to a whole bunch of useful videos and articles, which will guide you through your first steps in the 3D printing world. Some of them are for more advanced users, but no worries - you'll be one of them soon enough 😉

In case you can't find the answer to your question on our websites, we are providing full 24/7 customer support via live chat (available at shop.prusa3d.com) and e-mail in several languages. There are also unofficial user groups on Facebook, where makers help each other.

MINI New user guide video

What can you expect when you receive your new Original Prusa MINI 3D printer? Josef Prusa himself made the unboxing & assembly video for you.

Have you successfully assembled your Original Prusa MINI? In this video, Josef Prusa will show you how to calibrate the printer and start your first print.

General 3D printing tips & tricks

EVERYTHING ABOUT NOZZLES WITH A DIFFERENT DIAMETER

VIDEO INCLUDED | Changing the nozzle takes just a few minutes. We will demonstrate the benefits of smaller and larger nozzles in real situations.

3MF file format and why it’s great

VIDEO INCLUDED | Meet 3MF – a new open-source file format designed specifically for additive manufacturing.

How to print on a powder-coated sheet

VIDEO INCLUDED |
In this article, we will take a close look at differences between smooth and powder coated print sheets.

How to print with flexible filament

There’s a group of special filaments that are perfect for RC airplane wheels, flexible phone covers or durable GoPro cases. Do you want to try them?

Preparing models for 3D printing

HOW TO REPAIR CORRUPTED 3D MODELS FOR PRINTING

VIDEO INCLUDED | You’d be surprised how many 3D models you can find on the internet are broken in some way. We will tell you how to repair them.

PHOTOGRAMMETRY – 3D SCANNING WITH JUST YOUR PHONE/CAMERA

VIDEO INCLUDED | Have you ever wished that you could easily transfer a real object into a digital file? There is a one surprisingly cheap way to do that.

HOW TO CREATE CUSTOM OVERHANG SUPPORTS IN MESHMIXER

VIDEO INCLUDED | Most slicers used for FDM 3D printing use lattice supports. But in some cases, tree supports could brings you a couple of advantages...

HOW TO CUT STL MODELS FOR 3D PRINTING IN MESHMIXER

VIDEO INCLUDED | There are at least three cases where cutting objects into smaller components could be your best option. Let's take a look.

POSTPROCESSING OF 3D PRINTS STEP-BY-STEP

The process of machining 3D prints is called postprocessing, and in this article, we will show you all of its secrets. Once you master these techniques, you will be able to work with pretty much anything you print.

PHOTOGRAMMETRY 2 – 3D SCANNING SIMPLER, BETTER THAN EVER!

Creating a 3D model just by taking lots of pictures of a real object? Yes! Photogrammetry is back – and it’s easier to use, gives better results and it is still completely free!

“Modeling” with PrusaSlicer – Modifier meshes tutorial

Have you ever thought that the infill pattern itself can be very nice to look at? In this article, we will explore an unusual use of PrusaSlicer and we will show you how to transform models with ease!

How to improve your 3D prints with annealing

Annealing can improve firmness, tensile strength and a heat resistance of a given object. It’s a well-known procedure when creating metal but it's also applicable with 3D prints.

THREE SIMPLE METHODS TO STYLIZE 3D MODELS

Everyone knows filters that can stylize 2D pictures, but did you know you can do the same with 3D models? Breathe new life into your old models with one of these simple techniques.

3D printing Projects

Create and print your own 3D jigsaw puzzles!

This article will be a guide on how to make something of your own in the form of puzzles, 3D puzzles!

3D printed railway models

Series of articles, in which we will show you how to make your own railway model: from the landscape basics to highly-detailed trains.

Media control volume knob

An infinitely rotatable and clickable dial that can play/pause your current song or skip to the next one on double click without you ever leaving the currently opened application!

HOW TO PRINT MAPS, TERRAINS AND LANDSCAPES ON A 3D PRINTER

What about to create a plastic model of terrain for school education, a small-scale national park, or perhaps a tiny version of a mountain you climbed in the past?

Light up your 3D prints with LEDs and bulbs!

You have three options when it comes to simple light sources that work well with 3D prints. We will show you all of them.

HOW TO BUILD A COOL & CHEAP 3D PRINTED MICRO DRONE

We’ll demonstrate that RC vehicles and our 3D printers are a perfect match! We’re going to tell you how to build a cheap, yet powerful, 3D printed mini quadcopter!

3D print your own tabletop game

How to 3D print your own tabletop RPG, Warhammer 40K terrain objects and all sorts of interesting tabletop accessories with your Original Prusa i3 3D printer?

Print your own portable boombox

A 3D-printed boombox sounds surprisingly well, plus it can be cheaper than commercially available models.

5 COOL MODELS TO PRINT AND POSTPROCESSING SHOWCASE

The objects printed using the FDM method can achieve looks that will be comparable to those made using the injection molding method. Take a look!

10 HANDY LITTLE GADGETS FOR BEGINNERS IN 3D PRINTING

Are you perhaps wondering, what kind of cool gadget you should print on your shiny new 3D printer? Definitely something useful!

Troubleshooting and step-by-step guides

Troubleshooting the MINI

This guide will take you through the most common hardware issues with your Original Prusa MINI.

How to change a hotend fan


This guide will take you through the replacement of the hotend fan on the Original Prusa MINI.

How to change a hotend PTFE tube

This guide will take you through the replacement of the hotend PTFE tube on the Original Prusa MINI.

How to change a M.I.N.D.A. sensor

This guide will take you through the replacement of the M.I.N.D.A. sensor on the Original Prusa MINI.

How to change a print fan

This guide will take you through the replacement of the hotend fan on the Original Prusa MINI.