Clive Badger

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General

  • Owner/Loaner: LVL1 owned
  • Serial Number: ?
  • Make/Model: Makerbot Replicator
  • Arrival Date: June 1, 2012
  • Usability: Working
  • Contact: Chris C
  • Where: 3D printing area in main room
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Note on infill: For models that don't need structural integrity, use less infill. Even in the 2-3% range. Less infill means less wasted plastic.

Note on slicing profiles: Watch that someone hasn't reset the profile to something experimental that can damage the Makerbot. Stick with Replicator default unless you know what you're doing.

Note on materials: There may be a mixture of ABS and PLA filament. Make sure to check the labeling and your print settings, as the materials require slightly different settings which will effect your printing success.

MakerWare MakerBot Desktop V3.3.0.31 ABS Print Sequence

(Assumes a prepared STL file and using Makerbot ABS filament on the right nozzle)

  • Make sure the Replicator has power (power switch is located on the rear in the lower right corner)
  • Check that sufficient filament is loaded and that the nozzle is clean (no blob of plastic from a prior print - remove it as needed)
  • Press the "up" or "Left" arrows on the black membrane around the red "m" enter button until "Build/Preheat/Utilities" is visble.
  • Select "Preheat" and then set "Platform" and the "Right" head to "On"
  • Select "Start PreHeat" - the LCD should show the status of the operation including the temperatures of the print platform and extruder(s)
  • Open "MakerWare" (red "m" icon on left task bar) on Ubuntu 3D printing PC
  • If prompted for a new version, please do not download it if you are not prepared to manage any changes required and update the documentation yourself immediately!
  • To print an existing file (from Thingiverse, prior project, etc) browse to the file. Member files on the share server are located under "/mnt/z/Member Files".
  • If asked "Put Object On Platform?" the answer is most likely "Move to Platform". Not selecting this may "embed" the model in or above the paltform and the print will fail.
  • Move or scale the object as needed
  • Choose "Settings" and varify the values are correct for the project and filament
  • Ensure the left and right nozzles are set to "Makerbot ABS"
  • Select the proper resolution (High is the slowest but is assumed for this example)
  • Check the "Advanced Options"
  • Set the "Profile" to "High" and verify that the "Slicer" shows "MakerBot Slicer"
  • Under the "Quality" tab, Verify InFill is set to 10% or lower (in most cases)
  • Set the proper Number of Shells for your job (2-5 are most common)
  • Set the Layer Height (0.20 mm is common)
  • Under the "Temperature" tab, ensure the left and right extruder are set at approximatelt 230-232 degrees C
  • Select "Heat the Build Plate"
  • Set the temperature of the "Build Plate" to 110 degrees C
  • Under the "Speed" tab, verify the "Speed While Extruding" is set to approximately 75 mm/s
  • Verify the "Speed While Travelling" is set to approximately 100 mm/s
  • Save the settings
  • Choose "Export Print File" - the software will generate the prepared code and will show the resolution, rafts and supports values (Check them!)
  • When the "preparing" process completes, an estimate of print time and material will be shown; Save your file and move it to an SD card (the SD card write on the Ubuntu machine is currently missing - You may use the laser printer PC's SD card slot in the meantime)
  • Load the SD Card into the right hand side of the printer (label out towards the room)
  • If a previous print has been completed without issues, the bed should not nee to be levelled. If the bed has not been leveled, select "Utilities" and "Level Build Plate" - The LCD will walk you thru the process.
  • Once the platform is fully preheated, Select "Build from SD"
  • The bed will lower and then rise up to meet the head to zero out the Z axis. It will then lower all the way to the bottom.
  • As the bed hits the bottom and starts to rise, it is about to start the print: one *quick* spray of AquaNet across the platform where the build will be perforemd is sufficient to provide proper surface tension.
  • The extruder will first print a single thin line of plastic across the front of the build platform to extrude any leftover material.
  • The LCD will show the elapsed time of the print job.

ReplicatorG default ABS settings

  • Slicing Profile: Replicator 2 Default
  • Use Raft / Support (Check if you have overhangs or many pieces on a single build, otherwise uncheck)
  • Use support Material (Exterior support if you have overhangs greater than 45 degree angles)
  • Use default start / end gcode (Always check)
  • Use Print-O-Matic (Always check)

Settings

  • Object Infill (10%)
  • Layer Height (.27)
  • Number of Shells (1)
  • Feedrate (41)
  • Travel Feedrate (51)
  • Print Temperature (220)

ReplicatorG Accelerated ABS print settings

  • Slicing Profile: Replicator 2 Default
  • Use Raft / Support (Check if you have overhangs or many pieces on a single build, otherwise uncheck)
  • Use support Material (Exterior support if you have overhangs greater than 45 degree angles)
  • Use default start / end gcode (Always check)
  • Use Print-O-Matic (Always check)

Settings

  • Object Infill (10%)
  • Layer Height (.27)
  • Number of Shells (1)
  • Feedrate (80)
  • Travel Feedrate (150)
  • Print Temperature (230)

ReplicatorG fine resolution ABS print settings

  • Slicing Profile: Replicator 2 Default
  • Use Raft / Support (Check if you have overhangs or many pieces on a single build, otherwise uncheck)
  • Use support Material (Exterior support if you have overhangs greater than 45 degree angles)
  • Use default start / end gcode (Always check)
  • Use Print-O-Matic (Always check)

Settings

  • Object Infill (10%)
  • Layer Height (.2)
  • Number of Shells (1)
  • Feedrate (40)
  • Travel Feedrate (50)
  • Print Temperature (220)

Purchased for LVL1 from NSF funds for the UofL Speed School Co-op Makership

Maintenance Log

  • 04/18/2014 - Maintenance log created.
  • 09/15/2014 - Swapped front console with Clive Badger. Currently installed front console buttons work. SD card slot may or may not be working. (Nathan A.)
  • 03/21/2015 - Front SD card slot confirmed working - Right extruder confirmed working (Labeled for ABS ONLY); name label created, "Bed Leveled" rotatable magnet added - still needs QR code (Sean McP)