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! Machine !! Status !! Additional notes
 
! Machine !! Status !! Additional notes
 
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| [[File:Ultimaker 1.jpg|200px|link=Ultimaker 1]]<br/>[[Ultimaker 1]]
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| [[File:Prusa Mini 1.jpg|200px|link=Prusa Mini 1]]<br/>[[Prusa Mini 1]]
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| [[File:Ultimaker 2.jpg|200px|link=Ultimaker 2]]<br>[[Ultimaker 2]]
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| [[File:Prusa Mini 2.jpg|200px|link=Prusa Mini 2]]<br>[[Prusa Mini 2]]
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| [[File:Flashforge creator pro.jpg|200px|link=FlashForge Creator Pro]]<br>[[FlashForge Creator Pro]]
 
| [[File:Flashforge creator pro.jpg|200px|link=FlashForge Creator Pro]]<br>[[FlashForge Creator Pro]]
 
|| {{:FlashForge Creator Pro}}  
 
|| {{:FlashForge Creator Pro}}  
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| [[File:Makerbot Cupcake.jpg|200px|link=Makerbot]]<br>[[Makerbot]]
 
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See individual printer pages for details and maintenance logs.
 
See individual printer pages for details and maintenance logs.
  
== 3D Printer WebCam (720p) ==
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== 3D Printer Workflow at the Hacklab ==
Open this URL exactly with VLC:
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  rtsp://admin:@192.168.111.44:554/user=admin&password=&channel=1&stream=0.sdp
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* This Network WebCam is on a clip, so it can be moved to view any one of the 3D Printers.
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Hacklab's main printers are the Prusa Mini.
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* [[https://www.prusa3d.com/new-user-guides-for-original-prusa-mini/ Prusa New User Guides]]
  
== 3D Printer Workflow at the Hacklab ==
 
 
The hacklab 3d printers are set up using [http://octoprint.org/ OctoPrint] which allows 3d printers to be used over the local network. The users personal computers are not required to be physically connected to the printers during the duration of the print, and allows for users to continue working on other projects without fear of print interruptions, etc.
 
  
 
=== Software ===
 
=== Software ===
  
* The printers are all equipped with OctoPrint web interface software. See the [[3D_Printers#Quick_Start_Instructions|quick start instructions]] for server addresses.
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* '''Ultimaker''' CURA is the software used to generate Gcode for the Ultimakers. You can get it here: [http://software.ultimaker.com/index.php CURA download link].
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* The recommended software for the Prusa Mini printers is [[https://www.prusa3d.com/prusaslicer/ PrusaSlicer]]
 
* '''Type A''' Gcode can be generated using our Cura settings or the [https://www.typeamachines.com/downloads Type A KISSlicer] ("Series 1 2012/2013 - Plywood" section). The new "Cura Type A" is intended for newer models of their printers and just grinds the filament on ours instead of printing!
 
* '''Type A''' Gcode can be generated using our Cura settings or the [https://www.typeamachines.com/downloads Type A KISSlicer] ("Series 1 2012/2013 - Plywood" section). The new "Cura Type A" is intended for newer models of their printers and just grinds the filament on ours instead of printing!
  
 
=== Quick Start Instructions ===
 
=== Quick Start Instructions ===
  
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==== Prusa Mini ====
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# Generate Gcode from an STL using PrusaSlicer
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# Copy your Gcode to the USB key attached to the printer.
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# Click Print
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# When finished, allow the bed to cool, and then wipe clean with small amount of isopropyl alcohol on clean paper towel.
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==== Type A ====
 
# Generate Gcode from an STL using [[#Cura 15|Cura 15]]
 
# Generate Gcode from an STL using [[#Cura 15|Cura 15]]
 
# Visit the OctoPrint web interface for the printer you're using (note: you must be on the members' wifi network!):
 
# Visit the OctoPrint web interface for the printer you're using (note: you must be on the members' wifi network!):
#* Ultimaker 1 - http://octopi/
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#* Flashforge - http://octopi4.in.hacklab.to/
#* Ultimaker 2 - http://octopi2/
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#* Type A - http://octopi3/
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# Upload Gcode to the printer using the web interface.
 
# Upload Gcode to the printer using the web interface.
 
# Click print and wait.
 
# Click print and wait.
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== Slicer settings ==
 
== Slicer settings ==
  
=== Cura 15 ===
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=== PrusaSlicer ===
 
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[https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software/list Cura 15] can be used to slice models for the Ultimakers and Type A with the following settings:
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# Append [https://github.com/W1N9Zr0/Ultimaker_Cura_Profile/blob/master/machine_settings_for_preferences.ini this fragment] to your <code>preferences.ini</code> to make our 3 printers available in Cura.
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These are preconfigured for you when running the setup wizard and selecting the Prusa Mini as your printer.
#* <code>preferences.ini</code> lives in different places depending on your platform:
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#** Windows: <code><abbr title="C:\Users\USERNAME">%USERPROFILE%</abbr>\.cura\<abbr title="current cura version">15.04.6</abbr>\</code>
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#** Linux: <code>~/.cura/<abbr title="current cura version">15.04.6</abbr>/</code>
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#** Mac: <code>~/Library/Application Support/Cura/<abbr title="current cura version">15.04.6</abbr>/</code>
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#* If you have other machines already configured, you need to renumber the <code>[machine_N]</code> sections. There can't be duplicates and they should be sequential.
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# Select the correct printer from the "Machine" menu
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# Load [https://github.com/W1N9Zr0/Ultimaker_Cura_Profile matching profile ini from github]
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== Troubleshooting ==
 
== Troubleshooting ==
 
=== Physical Problems ===
 
=== Physical Problems ===
 
* Print not sticking to bed
 
* Print not sticking to bed
** Check bed levelness
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** Check bed levelness (Prusa's probe this automatically)
** Check print bed distance to print head
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** Check print bed distance to print head (Live Z height adjust)
** Reapply fresh blue tape (Interpolymer Group brand for PLA printers only)
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* Extruder no longer extruding filament
 
* Extruder no longer extruding filament
 
** Check filament feeder for ground plastic preventing extrusion
 
** Check filament feeder for ground plastic preventing extrusion
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* Extrusion is discontinuous
 
* Extrusion is discontinuous
 
** Check filament feeder for ground plastic preventing full continuous extrusion
 
** Check filament feeder for ground plastic preventing full continuous extrusion
* Print has random blobs due to pausing of printer mid extrusion
 
** Known bug in prontserve due to bottleneck in Raspberry pi I/O. Print simpler file or directly control printer via USB/pronterface
 
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==

Revision as of 23:04, 30 June 2020

DO NOT LEAVE MACHINES UNATTENDED

Please do not leave 3d printers unattended for long periods! These printers are prone to failure, and leaving them unattended could result in cooked filiment / extruders, damaged mechanical components, or fires.

Machine Status and Important Notices

Machine Status Additional notes
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Prusa Mini 1
Prusa Mini 1
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Prusa Mini 2
Flashforge creator pro.jpg
FlashForge Creator Pro


See individual printer pages for details and maintenance logs.

3D Printer Workflow at the Hacklab

Hacklab's main printers are the Prusa Mini.


Software

  • The recommended software for the Prusa Mini printers is [PrusaSlicer]
  • Type A Gcode can be generated using our Cura settings or the Type A KISSlicer ("Series 1 2012/2013 - Plywood" section). The new "Cura Type A" is intended for newer models of their printers and just grinds the filament on ours instead of printing!

Quick Start Instructions

Prusa Mini

  1. Generate Gcode from an STL using PrusaSlicer
  2. Copy your Gcode to the USB key attached to the printer.
  3. Click Print
  4. When finished, allow the bed to cool, and then wipe clean with small amount of isopropyl alcohol on clean paper towel.

Type A

  1. Generate Gcode from an STL using Cura 15
  2. Visit the OctoPrint web interface for the printer you're using (note: you must be on the members' wifi network!):
  3. Upload Gcode to the printer using the web interface.
  4. Click print and wait.
  5. When finished, make sure you do the following steps:
    • Clean up bed and machine for the next user.
    • Delete the file on OctoPrint if you are done with it.
    • Turn the machine off.

Slicer settings

PrusaSlicer

These are preconfigured for you when running the setup wizard and selecting the Prusa Mini as your printer.

Troubleshooting

Physical Problems

  • Print not sticking to bed
    • Check bed levelness (Prusa's probe this automatically)
    • Check print bed distance to print head (Live Z height adjust)
  • Extruder no longer extruding filament
    • Check filament feeder for ground plastic preventing extrusion
    • Check gcode generator settings to ensure proper filament properties selected (diameter, density)
    • Inspect hot-end for plugs by manual extrusion at temperature
    • Check filament feeder spring pressure (WARNING: DO NOT ADJUST THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, THIS IS THE LAST STEP)
  • Extrusion is discontinuous
    • Check filament feeder for ground plastic preventing full continuous extrusion

See Also