How to print
Step 1. Creating an STL file
- Create a part in your favorite CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks).
- Use the CAD software's export feature to export an STL file.
- Or download an STL file on thingiverse.com.
Step 2. Creating an x3g file
- Open MakerBot desktop (M icon on the taskbar). If it is not highlighted already, switch to the prepare tab.
- Make sure the correct kind of printer is selected. The lower-left corner should stay Replicator (Dual). Use the Devices menu to change if needed.
- Using File->Open (Ctrl+O, or the Add File button), get the Open File dialog.
- Select the STL file you want to print.
- If prompted to put the object on platform, select "Move to Platform" to move the object on platform.
- This command is also available by clicking twice on the Move button.
- Move, rotate, scale object(s) if needed. Clicking twice on a button brings up additional options.
- Click Settings. On the Quick tab, select Standard quality, Raft, Support, 15% infill, 220°C for both extruders, and 35°C for the Platform Temperature. Note that both support and raft can be turned off if it is not necessary. You can keep them on if you are unsure
- Press OK to accept these settings.
- Press EXPORT PRINT FILE to slice your model.
- Check the printing time and filament consumption. Press Export Now and save it as an .x3g file.
Step 3. Printing
- Transfer the .x3g file to an SD card and put the SD card in a printer (the slot is on the right hand side). The label should go towards you and the card should slide in easily.
- Make sure the printer has enough filament.
- Select PRINT FROM SD, and find the file you just transferred. Press the middle button to initiate printing.
- Once the printing has started, wait at least for a couple of minutes to make sure that there are no complications.
3D printing vocabulary
CAD or Computer Aided Design:
Software used to represent, create, and manipulate 3D or 2D objects
(models), generally ones which could be manifested in the physical world
The process of converting a 3D model (usually in STL form) into machine code that a 3D printer
can understand and execute (usually in G-Code form)
PLA or Polylactic Acid:
Corn-based plastic used extensively for 3D printing because of its good thermal