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- Time Slot for Lulzbot Taz A
- 30 min slots.
- 9AM to 12PM daily
- If you need to cancel your slot, please DELETE the event from your own Google Calendar instead of declining it.
While your job is running, you MUST be there to watch the print in case anything goes wrong!
Once print is finished, use a metro card to slide under the print and lift it off the bed. NOTE: Do not use any sharp objects to pry print off bed.
Features & Specifications
- Print Technology: Fused Deposition Molding
- Build Volume: 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11.02in x 11.02in x 9.8in)
- Print X-Y Tolerance: 0.1 mm (0.0039in)
- Layer Thickness: 0.05mm - 0.5mm (0.002in - 0.02in)
- Software: Cura LulzBot Edition (PC, Mac, Linux)
- Manual: LulzBot Manual
Basic How to Print
- Download and Install the Software Cura LulzBot Edition (PC, Mac, Linux)
- Configure the Software
Load Model File
- Launch Cura LulzBot Edition. Begin the Configuration Wizard to select your machine
and under “Select your machine,” select LulzBot TAZ 6.
- Click Next >, and then click Finish > to complete the Configuration Wizard. Cura
LulzBot Edition is now ready for use.
- Select the STL model you would like to print. Either use the Load Model
button or select File > Load Model. Once the file has been loaded, you
will see a 3D rendering of your object on the build platform. Select the
model to see the various options.
Load Model File
- Move - Move your model to change where it is printed on the build plate. Do this
by left clicking on the model and dragging it to the desired location. The
black outlined corner of the 3D print bed view represents the front left
hand corner of the build plate on your printer. By holding down the right
mouse button and dragging, you can view your model from different angles. (It is helpful to have an external mouse here.)
- Rotate - The Rotate button will give you the ability to orient your model in along
all three axes. Once you click the rotate button, three circles will surround
your model. The red circle will allow you to rotate around the Z-axis. The
Yellow circle will rotate around the Y-axis. The Green circle will rotate
around the X-axis. Cura defaults to 15 degree increments. Hold Shift to
rotate by One Degree Increments.
- Lay Flat - The Lay Flat button will ensure that the flat portion of your print is
securely attached to the bed. It is highly recommended to use this option
after rotating your model in the Z direction, as it will help prevent potential
adhesion issues during the print.
- Reset - The Reset button will return your model to the original orientation as
defined by the CAD program used to create the model.
- Scale - The Scale button displays the model dimensions, along with the ability to
scale along the X Y or Z axes. Anything below the number 1.0 will reduce
the objects size, while anything above the number 1.0 will increase the
objects size. As a default, it will be set to uniform scaling. This will cause
the X Y and Z axes to be scaled by the same amount when you make a
change to any of them. To disable this, select the lock in the lower section
of the scaling window. (If your model seems way too small try to scale it by 25.4 some models lack unit information if it was exported in mm but imported in inches this will fix the problem.)
Prepare Print File
- Select the STL model you would like to print. Either use the Load Model button or select File > Load Model. Once the file has been loaded, you will see a 3D rendering of your object on the build platform. Select the model to see the various options.
Printing from SD Card
- In Cura, on the left side of the screen under “Material ease of use” select
- Under “Material” select PLA (any variant should work if you don't know which you have).
Printing from USB Cable
Connect your 3D printer to a computer using a USB cable, power it on
and select the Control button at the top of the 3D viewing window. If the
control button is not present, be sure you have a model file loaded into Cura.
If a model is loaded but the Control button is still not present use a different
USB cable, reinstall Cura. This will bring
up your Printer Interface. You will not be able to send any commands until
the window title changes to Operational. Once operational, you can start
your first print. The TAZ will then go through it’s automatic cleaning and
wiping process before starting the print. This should take approximately 5
Removing Your First Print. After the print has finished, wait for the print surface to cool to
the recommended print removal temperature. Your parts will be easier to
remove if you allow your heated bed to cool down to optimal temperature.
This will allow the plastic to contract, making it easier to remove. To remove the print slide a metrocard underneath the model and slowly pry the print off the bed. No Sharp Tools to Remove Prints!!!
- Load your model into Cura with the proper filament and profile selected.
Next, insert the included SD card into your computer. Select File > Save GCODE and choose the SD card location to save your GCODE file to your
SD card. Safely eject the card from the computer, and insert it into the
Graphical LCD Controller.
- Go to: Print From SD > Desired File.
The TAZ will then go through it’s automatic cleaning and wiping process
before starting the print. This should take approximately 5 minutes.
Some More Info
Print Speed and Quality
- High Detail
Designed to give greater detail and finer objects. This will have a
smaller layer height, which will make each layer thinner, so that curves
seem more natural and walls seem less noticeable. This setting will
also require more layers to be laid down, increasing overall print time.
Designed to give a balanced resolution by increasing the layer height
Cura LulzBot Edition
and print speeds. This will make the organic curves slightly more
step-like than the fine setting, but it will reduce printing time.
- High Speed
Designed for the fast prints, where the overall model finish is not of
concern. Most commonly used for quick iteration of designs when
Printing Support Material
- The LulzBot TAZ 3D printer is able to print models that have angles
and overhangs, even without support material. This will depend on the
overhang distance and angle of your particular model file. Turn this option
on if your model could benefit from support material.
- Brim is used to increase surface area of the part you’re printing, thereby
ensuring proper part adhesion. This will print a single layer high edge
around the base of the part, helping first layer adhesion and minimizing
View modes are in the top right corner of the screen.
- Overhang mode shows where your model may need support material. The overhang
threshold can be defined in Expert Settings.
- Ghost view mode makes the model translucent to allow you to see what is
- Xray is similar to Ghost mode. It will allow you to see into objects, ensuring
that inner details are correct.
- Layers will show the tool path of your print head and to ensure no skipped layers or
gaps use this option. Use the slide bar on the right hand side of the window
to move up and down through the tool path layers. Click the icon below
it to view an individual layer at a time. If the Print support structure
option is activated in Cura, it will be shown in blue.