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How To: 3D Printing in B5

A guide on using the UP Mini 3D Printer and bringing a 3D model into the UP Studio software in the B5 lab of the Library Media Labs.

Preparing the Print

 

  • Open the UP Studio program

 

  • Click 'UP' to access the printing options. You can create an account if you want, but you don't have to

 

  • Click the plus sign (Add), then the cube within the rectangle to bring a 3D model onto the plane

You can create models in UP's program, but we recommend creating your models in another program (eg. Blender, Maya, ZBrush)

With 'Auto Place' checked, the program will place your model on the plane how it thinks it will best print. Edits usually need to be made

 

 

  • Use the tools on the model adjustment wheel to adjust your 3D model and prepare it for printing

 

  • Click 'Fix Errors' (from Menu 2) to check the model for any errors that will negatively affect the print

This 3D printer is pretty good at printing without supports (for example, the rabbit's ears printed fine without supports) but be sure to check if your print will or won't need supports to print properly.

 

Here we are using the Rotate tool to turn the rabbit so that it is printed from the base up.

        

 

  • Your model MUST be resting on the floor (marked by the checkered pattern) of the plane with absolutely NO GAP or else the print will fail

 

  • Use the Move tool to drag the model up or down to set it on the bottom plane.

 

We recommend zooming in and creating a base that can go intersect the plane to ensure a successful print

      

 

  • Click 'Print' to open the printing options

 

The Infill will decide how densely your model will be printed. The more dense the object is, the longer it will take to print.

Something that is printed at 15% will still be very strong, so consider using the lowest percentage of infill possible

The infill does not affect the quality of the print, but will affect the weight

Unless you definitely know what you're doing, do not use the first two settings (shell or surface)

 

The rabbit was printed at a 15% infill, is sturdy, smooth, and light

  • Click 'Print' to initiate the print

 

  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PRINT until at least 15 minutes after the print has begun. This way, if there is an unforeseen problem, you can cancel the print and prevent a potential fire.

 

Finishing the Print

 

Once the print has completed:

 

  • BE CAREFUL! The plate will be very hot after printing. Check the temperature reading on the printer's LED screen before touching anything inside
  • Open the door on the front of the printer from the right

 

 

  • Use two hands to slide the black printing board towards you and out of the printer. Remove the printing board from inside the printer before taking the print off of it

 

  • Use the gloves to grab the printing board if it is hot
  • Use the scraper to carefully lift your print off of the printing board. If the print is still hot, it may warp with pressure
  • You can use sandpaper or other tools to finish the object to be how you desire