Fresh from the printer

This print, the Knife Assistant by Thingiverse user ThePlanetMike, is designed to make it easier for those with weak hands to use a chef's knife. Read full review
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Safety first

The perfboard almost guarantees that your prints will stick to the build platform. The consequence is that you need tools to remove the object and clean it up. The gloves and scraper, thankfully, are included with the printer. Read full review
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Raft not necessary

Because it has a large, flat surface already, this print probably doesn't need a raft, the layer of extra material at the base of the Knife Assistant. I printed one anyway for the purpose of this demonstration. Read full review
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Raft underside

Here you can see the tiny posts that fill the perfboard and help keep your objects in place during printing. Read full review
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A start

You can remove some of the extra material with your fingers, but not all of it. Read full review
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Knife time

Here's everything I couldn't remove by hand. Read full review
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X-Acto works well

The included X-Acto knife handles the fine removal well enough, but you need to be careful not to remove material from the object itself. Gloves are also recommended here. Read full review
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All clean

Knife Assistant, post-cleanup. For a better finish, you can sand the object, buff it, or brush it with acetone. Read full review
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Ready to use

Total cleanup time for this object was about 5 minutes. Larger objects take longer, obviously. Thin or otherwise fragile objects can also present a challenge. Read full review
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