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Made by http://typeamachines. com/ in San Francisco
Anyone can use it, just come by and get a quick tutorial. There are a few instruction notes on the printer's table.
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= Documentation =
For End to End 3D Printing instructions see the Documentation section of [[ 3DPrinting]]
Any '''. stl''' file can be printed out by the printer. A good place to find '''.stl''' files is [http:// thingiverse.com/] .
If you haven't done 3D modeling before then give something easy a try like [http://tinkercad.com] (in Google Chrome) or Google sketchup (installed on computer adjacent to printer ). Sketchup can now directly import '''.stl''' files thanks to [http://sketchuptips.blogspot.com/2010/03/sketchup-stl-importer-redo.html this plugin]. Also consider [http://blender.org Blender] ( installed on computer adjacent to printer) for modeling, although it is primarily a software for animation it apparently is good for regular modeling as well.
= Earlier Instructions =
===Using the printer===
To calibrate the bed, see instructions on the [[3DPrinting]] page.
'This is a transcription of the note in front of the printer :''
# Make sure the blue tape is flat and covers the glass base (formerly acrylic).
//the is .
# Prepare an '''.stl''' file (see [[O:5#3D Models]] above).
# Open the program '''Repetier''' (on the Desktop).
# Turn machine on (switch on back, right-hand-side).
# Connect by clicking at the top left "connect" ([http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Power_symbol power symbol]) in Repetier.
# Add objects to the field by selecting "Add Object" on the lower right-hand-side of Repetier.
# Select the Slic3r tab on the right-hand tabbed menu, then select "Slice with Slic3r".
# When slicing is done, hit "run" ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_symbol play symbol]).
# When your object(s) is(are) done printing, turn off the printer and put the computer to sleep (or standby).
= Printer Calibration: Comics ===
A comic book interpretation of the Printer Calibration instructions from Jae.
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[[File:3D Printing Instructions Page 1. jpg|400px|3D Printing - page 1]]
[[File:3D Printing Instructions Page 2.jpg|400px|3D Printing - page 2]]
[File: 3D Printing Instructions Page 3. jpg|400px|3D Printing - page 3]]
=== Leveling the print plate ===
To level the print plate using an allen wrench as a guide:
Lay the allen wrench flat on one corner of the plate.
With the machine off, drag the printer head over the long part of the wrench. The head should just barely flip the wrench up. Adjust the height of the corner with the thumbwheels. Make sure the plate ends up tight between the wheels.
Repeat for the other three corners.
This is about a particular printer. There's a separate page about creating or acquiring 3D models.
It's under the 3D printing desk in questionable condition. It has served us well!
SudoRoom has a Type A Machine. It was generously donated by Jae Kwon in fall 2012.
Tuesdays 5-9 is our hack night dedicated to 3D Printing. Stop by and learn, create, play!
See our gallery of creations!
We're working on using this machine to print a RepRap.
Wiring configuration for Series 1 Typa 3d Printer; Orange to Green; Purple to Clear; Red/Black to Red/Black
The printer is currently working! (March 4th, 2014)
Notes about the bed:
- Our acrylic bed was warped by sunlight, so we clamped a glass bed on top of it.
- The glass is flat, so you can print big things again.
- You still need to adjust the corner screws to keep things level. Make sure they are tight or they wiggle and fall off.
- The nozzle should be just a millimeter or so above the bed. Tip: wiggle a piece of paper under it - heavy friction means a little too close.
- We need more ScotchBlue #2093EL tape.
Extruder Hot End
Our extruder is has a 12v cartridge heater and .35mm nozzle. This is standard for extruding a 1.75mm PLA filament.
Type A is routinely out of stock, but replacement kits can be found here: http://www.makergear.com/products/extruders
The printer can attach to any computer by USB, but usually it's attached to a Linux machine called "sudodesk." It runs Linux Mint which does not have much helpful software in its repos, so the desktop user "sudoer" has these installed locally:
- slic3r (turns STL files into gcode)
- kisslicer (alternative to slic3r)
- pronterface (operates the printer, which accepts gcode)
We can also give you your own user! Contact yar or jerkey.
If using Printrun/Pronerface/Pronsole the baudrate is 230400.
One of the first things newcomers notice is the beautiful sound created by a 3D printer. I think it's especially nice when printing curved lines, when the X and Y axes sing in harmonic, contrapuntal motion. When printing perfect circles, it's as if the celestial spheres are whispering mathematical truths into your ears.
3D printers also play dubstep.
musical wiggly vase video