Last modified 01/25/2015
Desktop 3D printers are a great way for designers and makers to quickly prototype and materialize their ideas.
Signup for time slots here (Twiki) & here (HAL9000)
- 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
When designing your model, please keep these specifications in mind
- 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 a USB Drive - this method is usually more stable.
- Place USB drive into slot and use scroll wheel to navigate to Print, press scroll wheel down to select. Scroll to and select USB Storage, scroll and select your file. Your print should start now.
- 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.