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I pondered this question a while ago and tried to come up with a coherent and minimalistic strategy. This would be my suggestion, as to what is on-topic or off-topic: So, basically, on-topic would follow the formula: (formingMethod == additive OR substractive) AND (instrument == machine) Off-topic would have the formula: (formingMethod == transformative) ...


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I'd say that repair questions are more on-topic than construction. And if construction questions are okay, then repair questions should be too. An example format might be: How do I repair {X} I've tried {a[]} to fix {X}, but {b[]} occurred. What are some other common means of fixing {X}? Most of what is acceptable on SE is troubleshooting and I feel that ...


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I like the expanded definitions, but there is probably an issue with some of the things you'd put into "just rough around the edges" portion of what you state. For instance, "Print Services" are mentioned as far as on-topic and what is allowed. To what extent are Print Services on-topic and allowed? In and of itself, as you've stated it, it could be ...


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I don't think that specific question how and where you can help printing parts for the COVID-19 pandemic are of value for the future. But, problems with printing, settings, orientation, etc. are on-topic.


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I have updated the on-topic page which some further explanations that came to mind, as well as some hopefully not to wishy-washy small print. The points below have been spliced into the on-topic page in (hopefully) the appropriate places. If anyone has any other suggestions of further expansions to the explanations of the new on-topic topics that they feel ...


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I think it depends. There are no "best" settings for printing any one material, as the optimal settings will depend on the model being printed. I think questions of the format I have X printer, using Y settings, printing Z model in material W and I have V problem - how do I improve my settings? would be vastly better than What is the best profile for ...


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It seems like a great subject to incorporate, since bioprinting is 1) pretty neat and 2) an important application for 3D printing in general... but I sort of suspect none of our active users have the necessary expertise at the moment. It's a highly specialized field. We don't want the question to sit for an extended period with (at best) 1-2 mediocre answers,...


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A couple of points: Asking for a machine to solve a specific problem, or software which can do something 'specific' is not really a shopping question, so long as the question is asked in the right way. We do need to avoid subjective questions, but sometimes this can be the result of a misunderstanding (i.e. find me a non-CN supplier of this budget Chinese ...


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I think 3D bio printing - just like any kind of 3d printing - certainly should fall within the scope of this site. One could argue that such questions are hard to answer, and most likely outside the knowledge of most users, but I still think good bio questions should be encouraged. As for the linked question specifically, I think it is way too broad, ...


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I think that technical questions or specification questions are appropriate, which is what I take away from your question(s). Questions that I think most users will consider "off-topic" or "out of scope" would be questions such as "Is the daVinci 1.0 AiO a good printer?" as this would be primarily opinion based. However, by providing more detail about your ...


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The question is still very broad and can be opinion based. Someone left a comment below your question stating that your question was related to a more narrow question. I would recommend editing your question to explain your situation a bit more. Here are some good points that you can provide users to make it easier to answer: Does your print require ...


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Well posted. I agree. Whilst I know that other people's opinions do and will differ, myself, I feel that this is on-topic. After all it is not an open-ended recommendation, but rather "is this suitable?" Personally, I can't see what is wrong with it and we have quite a few of questions like it, that haven't been closed. TBH, this particular question has ...


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I propose that we add Direct Ink Writing (DIW) and Melt Electro-Writing (MEW) to the list of on-topic subjects at https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic Direct Ink Writing: Direct-Ink-Writing (DIW) is an extrusion-based additive manufacturing method heavily utilized in meso- and micro-scales. In DIW, the liquid-phase “ink” is dispensed out of ...


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I think the way to go would be to migrate the answer (and its comments) to comments of the question. As for Toonis' answer in the comment. I don't think that there is a way to create an answer for someone else. Functionality like that could be abused to achieve higher reputation. It's up to Toonis to create his/her own answer. However, it is seen site-wide ...


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I personally don't think this is off-topic, but I recommend also noting what machine(s) you're trying to slice for as the code can be different depending on the capabilities of the machine.


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I've mentioned this to others in the past as well, but in the form of sharing tags. Essentially any similarly named tags from this site could be provided almost as an Ad on, say, Arduino.SE if someone searches that site for a question or answer related to that tag. For instance, if someone is searching for information on special pinouts available on the "...


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I think the question you reference is a good question for the site as it isn't opinion based and could have a specific answer, or even several answers. In this case if multiple people answered, the 'best' answer could either be seen as being the most descriptive, or detailed about the options listed. Since 3D printing is still a fairly new field and is ...


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As with your other question, I think the same rules apply. Typically you want to stay away from asking questions about "What is the best...". Instead, try to present your question as more of a "What is the best... for me?" type question. As I mentioned in your other question, try to provide more details of what you might need. In the case of 3D printing ...


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Overall, you'll want to try and stay away from "What is the best..." type questions. However, I would say that services related to 3D printing should be okay. Please regard Robert Cartaino's response on potential topics. He brings up a good point: This is one of those times where I'd say it's not the "name" that defines this site, but the intentions of ...


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