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Lulzbot Taz B

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  • Time Slot for Lulzbot Taz B
  • 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

  1. Download and Install the Software Cura LulzBot Edition (PC, Mac, Linux)  
  2. Configure the Software
    • 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.  
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  3. Load Model 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.
  4. Model Orientation
    • 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.)
  5. Load Model 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.
  6. Prepare Print File
    • In Cura, on the left side of the screen under “Material ease of use” select Beginner
    • Under “Material” select PLA (any variant should work if you don't know which you have).
  7. Printing from SD Card 
    • 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.
  8. 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 minutes.
  9. 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!!!


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. 
  • Standard Designed to give a balanced resolution by increasing the layer height 19 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 rapid prototyping.

   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

  • 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 warping.

  View Modes 

    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 behind it.
  • 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.

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