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3D Printing

Making Changes to the Object

The image below is of the background on the middle 3D computer station. You will see it has an image of each machine this computer is able to print to and corresponding instructions underneath. As this is the background image to the screen these instructions will always be available to you. The RED boxes on the image indicate clickable links to tutorials to give you a better understanding of each of the software meant to operate its corresponding 3D printer.


For MakerGear 3D printer you will need to double-click the "Simplify 3D" icon to start the Simplify 3D software.


Once the Simplify3D window opens you can load your model in two different ways. As seen below, if you have your .stl or .obj file on the desktop or in a File Manager window you can click and drag the file into the 3D plane. Otherwise, you can go to File -> Import Models and select your .stl or .obj file.

After your model has loaded into the 3D plane, you can double click the model to open up the menu for Position, Scaling and Rotation. A toolbar to the farthest right allows you to manipulate your model even further. After setting the dimensions and properties of your model(s) then click on "Center and Arrange" to let the program automatically place your model(s) in the best position for printing.





Now we need to choose the printer and to do this, we click on "Edit Process Settings".

In the "FFF Settings" Dialog window, make sure "Select Profile" is set to: MakerGear M2 (24V V4 hotend); Auto-Configure for Material: PLA; Auto-Configure for Print Quality: Low to High. No other settings should need to be changed. If you have any concerns about the models end result please see a Library Technician.

After choosing the printer one must connect to the printer. Start by Clicking on Tools->Machine Control Panel.

Before clicking the "Connect" button, one needs to choose the "\\COM201" port from the "Port:" drop-down menu. Then one can click the "Connect" button. After power icon turns green you can click the "X" in the top right to close the window.

As seen below, Click "Begin Printing over USB" to send file to MakerGear. Print will not begin until after printbed has heated and then the extruder nozzle has heated.

Please be mindful of the time your model needs to print.Time to complete should be before the library closes.


Video Tutorial


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