Last modified 01/19/2015
Desktop 3D printers are a great way for designers and makers to quickly prototype and materialize their ideas.
Signup for time slots here (R2D2) & here (Asimo)
- Great for customized/odd shapes
- Easily turn almost any 3D model into an object
- IMPORTANT: DO NOT LEAVE PRINTER UNATTENDED WHILE PRINTING!
- 30 min slots.
- 9AM to 11PM daily
- If you need to cancel your slot, please DELETE the event from your own Google Calendar instead of declining it.
Features & Specifications
- PRINT TECHNOLOGY: FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING
- BUILD VOLUME: 28.5 L X 15.3 W X 15.5 H CM [11.2 X 6.0 X 6.1 IN]
- LAYER RESOLUTION: 100 MICRONS [0.0039 IN]
- FILAMENT TYPE: PLA ONLY!!
Operating information. NOTE: If you have never used a 3D printer before or have any doubt, PLEASE ask for assistance.
- SOFTWARE BUNDLE: MAKERBOT MAKERWARE
- FILE TYPES: STL, OBJ, THING
- Steps needed to successfully run a job:
- Export an STL or OBJ file from 3D modeling software (or download file from Thingiverse)
- Open STL or OBJ file in Makerbot Desktop Software
- Standard settings should be fine for most jobs. If you do need to alter settings please remember the following:
- Always print with a raft.
- High quality prints (lower layer height) take more time to print.
- Connect your computer to the Makerbot via USB and select PRINT on upper right side of screen.
- Or export a print file and place onto an SD card - this method is usually more stable.
Insert SD card and select Build from SD by pressing the big M button. Use arrows to navigate to your file and select with the M button. Your print should now start.
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.