3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing Issues


This is probably one of the best books to have on hand for troubleshooting your 3D printer. The author Sean Aranda is a good friend of TH3D and has done a great job covering almost everything that can go wrong with these machines. We’re even mentioned in the book!

Check out his channel here: The 3D Print General

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From the author: This book has been entirely revamped and rewritten to encompass all of the updates in the 3D printing industry. Nearly 50% longer than the previous edition, this 2020 version of 3D Printing Failures has 7 new chapters, new photographs, and has each chapter rewritten, including a “Material Science” chapter by Nicolas Tokotuu, Product Manager at Polymaker. Whether you are new to 3D printing or have dozens of prints under your belt, this book is for you!

Sean Aranda and David Feeney have hundreds of thousands of successful hours of printing, so let them help you achieve consistent, clean prints. The failures and topics that are discussed in great detail by chapter are:

  • Bed Adhesion
  • Build Plate Not Heating
  • Build Plate Not Reading Correct Temperature
  • Built Up Material in Nozzle
  • Electrical Safety
  • Elephant Foot
  • Extruder Stepper Skipping
  • Filament Snapping
  • Gaps in Walls
  • Ghosting
  • Hotend Can’t Reach or Maintain Temperature
  • Hotend Not Heating
  • Hotend Not Reading Correct Temperature
  • Important Accessories and Replacements
  • Layer Shifts
  • LCD Blank or Dark
  • Mandatory Maintenance
  • Materials and their Settings
  • Material Science
  • Missing Layers
  • Model Errors
  • Not Finding Home
  • Nozzle Clogs
  • Over Extrusion
  • Parts Being Knocked Over
  • Parts Not Mating Together
  • Poor Layer Adhesion
  • Print Pauses Mid Print
  • Quality Options
  • Running Out of Filament
  • Settings Issues
  • Speed Limitations
  • Stepper Motors Overheating or Malfunctioning
  • Stripped Filament
  • Unlevelled Build Plate
  • Warping
  • Z-Axis Wobble
  • Z-Height Calibration
  • And much more!

Included with the purchase of the book is a digital copy (epub, pdf), and a PDF containing all the high resolution pictures that are in the book as well. This will be shown on your TH3D Account downloads and your email confirmation.


  • Included Support: TH3D Community Support
    • Due to the digital downloads included with this product there are NO returns on it.
  • Warranty: 90 Days

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