Use Makerware for Makerbots and Cura for all other models.
Drag file into the software’s environment or press File > Open/Import
You can move, rotate and scale your model by using the tools in the software.
Printing parameters defines speed, quality, temperature and strength of the model to be printed.
Different filaments require different working temperatures. Many suppliers provide recommendations for their specific plastics.
As you increase the resolution, you also increase the time it takes to print the model. Plan accordingly.
The more infill the model has, the stronger the final object will be. Use 10% infill if strength is not relevant.
For special filaments like flexible plastic, it is necessary to print at lower speed to ensure quality. At lower printing speeds, quality increases.
Supports are detachable pieces of plastic that make sure that parts of the model which hang are printed correctly. If you are not sure if your model needs supports, check the supports option.
If your model has a small base, using a raft can help your model stay in place during the printing job. Rafts are foundations of plastic that sit between your model and the 3D printer’s platform.
There are much more parameters that can be defined. If you want more information, see “Advanced Features” bottom.
Flip the switch in the back of the machine.
Printing time! It is only the beginning.
The first layer must adhere to the bed of the 3D printer. If not, the model is not have a proper foundation and the print job will fail.
You can let the machine printing. Occasionally check the printing job to ensure everything is printing as it should.
It is time for troubleshooting…
You can change the color and materials type by installing different spools of filament.
ATTENTION: Only use the spools of filament present in the FabLab. If you bring a new type of material, speak with the FabLab Team.
UTILITIES > CHANGE FILAMENT > UNLOAD (LEFT OR RIGHT)
It will tell you all the steps to change the filament.
UTILITIES > CHANGE FILAMENT > LOAD (LEFT OR RIGHT)
Check if the previous filament is out of hot end and that the filament is flowing properly.
Symptoms: First layer is peeling off from printer’s platform.
This is imperative for your safety and for the sake of calibration.
Also make sure that the nozzle is clean of any plastic so that the paper can properly slide.
There are 4 screws you can turn to rise or lower the platform.
UTILITIES > LEVEL BUILD PLATE
Symptoms: Filament is not extruding. Motor cannot pull filament due to a knot in the spool.
Try to turn the spool. If it is stuck, you have to free it.
Use the tutorial “Changing spools” to remove the spool.
Unroll the filament from the spool until the knot is removed.
Symptoms: Filament is only partially being extruded. Plastic is not flowing or is oozing out of the hotend.
If the 3D printer stops extruding or it is not extruding enough material, probably there is an issue with the extruder head.
This problem implies disassembling the hot end module.
This will help to avoid this problem in the future.
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