Type A Machine
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)
You can create STL files on any machine. Some popular programs are:
You can also find STL files:
- On Thingiverse
- On the [smb://space/sudoroom%20public%20data/Projects/3DPrinting local file server]
- On sudoroom's github (magnets, blocks, etc)
Our printer bed and z-axis are often broken & uneven. Some suggestions:
- Move the head around - is the bed flat? Test the Z roughly with an allan wrench laid flat on the bed (it should should barely flip up), then more finely with a piece of paper (it should create a slight friction only). Test on all four corners, adjusting the screws if necessary. Sometimes the middle might even be dipped in a bow. This will make it harder to print large objects...
- Because the bed is not heated, prints will stick. You might need to pry them off with a razor. This often tears the tape, so we need to buy more tape. Usually we use ScotchBlue #2093EL.
This printer has a long, colorful history of repair and disrepair. Most recently, Jake got it to work and reported to the list.
These comics are outdated as of March 2013 but we keep them around because they're pretty.
Gallery of Creations