I found some nice 3D Printing details online recently and I thought why not share?
So, I went to Ultimate 3D Printing Materials Guide | Simplify3D for a guide on filament types, how to use them w/ or w/out a heated bed, and what is available in print quality these days.
So, I looked around and found their site. Expensive and not open source. I know but they provide some info. on ideas like some other sites out in userland.
Also, I found another site that has tons of information on 3D Printing, some general and some specific. Here: Gaps in 3D Prints: How to Fix & Avoid Them | All3DP is a page on their site that handles gaps in extruded plastics on the print bed. It basically shows some ideas on how to alleviate the issues of sparse lines and actually, they are saying that it may have something to do w/ the Z-offset. Interesting.
The finished project was better than okay but not to my liking, i.e. so! I will have to print again with CURA as the slicer but this time, there will be some options discarded and some new ones picked.
and...THE FINISHED PRODUCT!