Type A Machine
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.
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.
- Outdated comic strip instructions
- our own github documentation
- Noisebridge's 3D-printing documentation
- Manufacturer's website
- At least one Sudoer works for the manufacturer - his business card is tacked to the cork board above the printer.