Using the 3D Printer

Using the 3D Printer

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Prepare

 

Software

  • Design: Autodesk Inventor 2015 Student Edition – download and install on your computer or use one of the schools computers
  • Print/Slice: Slimplify3D – Already installed on the 3D printer dedicated computer, not necessary to have on your computer
  • Process File Download (sets basic printer configuration): Process

Print

  • Import your .stl file into simplify3d
  • Make sure the size looks right in the preview window
  • Modify any slicing settings such as infill % using the “edit process settings” button on the bottom left
  • Click “Prepare to Print”
  • Verify that the sliced file looks good and all the lines are where they should be.
  • Verify that the print bed is clean and has blue painters tape on it where your part will be printed
  • Click “Begin Printing over USB” on the bottom left
  • The printer will start preheating the bed and extruder
  • Once temperature is reached it will home all the Axis and then start printing!
  • If anything goes wrong push the “Stop” button below the printer LCD panel

 

Apply painters tape to the bed where your part is going to be printed.

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The best tape to use is Blue Scotch Painters Tape in the extra wide 2.83″ roll available at Amazon, or Home Depot.

 

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