Type A Machine
This is about a particular printer. There's a separate page about creating or acquiring 3D models.
SudoRoom has a Type A Machine, currently our only 3D printer. It was generously donated by Jae Kwon in fall 2012.
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)
The bed & z-axis are often untrue. 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.
At least one Sudoer works for the manufacturer - his business card is tacked to the cork board above the printer.
- Outdated comic strip instructions
- our own github documentation
- Noisebridge's 3D-printing documentation
- Manufacturer's website