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You are in the Printshop room of Noisebridge. It is sound insulated a bit from the rest of Noisebridge by its walls and 2 windowed doors, one leading out towards the Entrance and one leading in to the Hackitorium.

You see myriad 3D printers and large format 2D printers as well.

EXITS: Front, Print Shop, 2D Paper Printer, Hackitorium

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The 3D printing station is one of Noisebridge's Fabrication Resources.

  • CHANNELS: We have a #3dprinting channel on Slack.
  • RESOURCES: We have a number of 3D printers documented below which are available for use.
  • EVENTS: We used to have weekly Replicator Wednesday. Want to restart it? Volunteer to make them happen again!
  • NOTES: When logging problems or maintenance, edit so the date descends!
  • MAINTAINERS: Magnet
RECRUITING! Maintainer volunteers wanted, consider volunteering to become a maintainer. Edit

PRINTERS WE HAVE

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Printers

Printers
Number Name Type Status
P1 Agent Smith #Creality Ender 3 Working
P2 Lady in Red #Creality Ender 3 Working
P3 Harold #Creality CR-10S Not Working
P4 Mr. Anderson #Creality Ender 3 Not Working
P5 Cricket #Monoprice MP Select Mini Working
P6 Peter #Monoprice MP Select Mini Working
P7 Demosthenes #Creality CR-10 Mini Working
P8 Locke #Creality CR-10 Not Working
P9 Bertha #Hypercube Unknown
P10 Resin #Anycubic Photon Mono X New

Working Printers

P1 Agent Smith

  • Number: P1
  • Name: Agent Smith
  • Type: #Creality Ender 3
  • Location: Left shelving unit, middle shelf, right side
  • Status: Working
Log
Date User Description

P2 Lady in Red

  • Number: P2
  • Name: Lady in Red
  • Type: #Creality Ender 3
  • Location: left shelving unit, bottom shelf, left side
  • Status: Working
Log
Date User Description
2022/01/16 @GiftOfGabe Spool broke while taking it off print bed. Took it home to glue it.
2022/01/15 @GiftOfGabe Leveled Bed

P5 Cricket

Log
Date User Description
2022/01/23 @GiftOfGabe Added print spool and moved to lower shelf.
2022/01/14 ? Added label saying it works well.


P6 Peter

Log
Date User Description
2022/01/16 @GiftOfGabe Fixed extruder tube to hot end connection.
2022/01/16 @GiftOfGabe Fixed connection between extruder and tube. (Note it will not extrude if connector is too tight. Tighten nut instead.
2022/01/16 @GiftOfGabe Added tape to print bed.
2022/01/16 @GiftOfGabe Printed hotend fan clamp. It did not stick to the bed on the thin sides.
2022/01/15 @GiftOfGabe Attempted Fix, Leveled Bed


P7 Demosthenes

  • Number: P7
  • Name: Demosthenes
  • Type: #Creality CR-10 Mini
  • Location: On very top of left shelving unit
  • Status: Working
Log
Date User Description
2022/01/23 @GiftOfGabe Leveled bed with paper.
2022/01/14 ? Added label saying it works well.

P10 Anycubic

  • Number: P10
  • Name: Anycubic
  • Type: #Photon Mono X Resin
  • Location: Upstairs by the mural
  • Status: New (Leveled and working)
Log
Date User Description Resin Exposure Time Curing Time
2022/2/28 Gabriel RERF: 0.8 minor failures, 1.2-1.6 high detail Basic White Any^3 0.8-3s

Broken Printers

P3 Harold

  • Number: P3
  • Name: Harold
  • Type: Creality CR-10S
  • Location: left shelving unit, bottom shelf, right side
  • Status: hotend heat sink is striped and cannot connect to feeder tube, SD Card reader will not lock in but it can still cards if most the way in.
Log
Date User Description
2022/01/23 @GiftOfGabe Attempted fix and print. Extruder tube came out of heatsink. It appears to be striped. Looked for other part but may need new hot end.


P4 Mr. Anderson

  • Number: P4
  • Name: Mr. Anderson
  • Type: Creality Ender 3
  • Location: left shelving unit, middle shelf, left side
  • Status: Being upgraded
Log
Date User Description
2022/7/26 @rugyoga replaced its missing build plate with a PEI sheet on a steel plate
2022/01/23 @GiftOfGabe Moved paper printer and repositioned. Noticed there is no build plate on steel print bed. Didn't test.

P8 Locke

  • Number: P8
  • Name: Locke
  • Type: Creality CR-10 Mini3?
  • Location: on desk next to CNC machine
  • Status: Label says "Undergoing maintenance"
Log
Date User Description
2022/01/?? Label says "Undergoing maintenance"

Unknown Status

P9 Bertha

  • Number: P9
  • Name: Bertha
  • Type: Hypercube?
  • Location: right shelving unit, top shelf, left side
  • Status: Unknown... needs testing...
Log
Date User Description
2022/01/23 @GiftOfGabe Needs research

Lost (Where are these printers?)

Printer Types

Creality Ender 3

  • Resources:
 * Setup Tutorial: https://www.youtu.be/dQ0q9zLygTY
 * Bed Leveling: https://youtu.be/dQ0q9zLygTY?t=1370
 * Slicing in Cura: https://youtu.be/dQ0q9zLygTY?t=1864
 * Setup and Matainance (some general info too): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Z3GmM20JM

Monoprice MP Select Mini

Creality CR-10

Filaments

There are many colors of filament spools to use for printing projects. Take note of which plastic type your filament is and choose settings appropriately. Using PLA is strongly recommended in almost all cases. If the filament is brittle, then it has gone bad(just needs to be dried out?). Sealed plastic bags should be used to preserve the lifespan of filament by keeping moisture, oxygen, and dust away.


  • TODO: Print Labels with QR Codes and start labeling Filaments
Filament Details
Number Type Color Last Used Brand Date Obtained Nozzle Temp Bed Temp
F1 PLA Yellow 2022/01/23

PRINTING GUIDE

  1. Apply fresh blue masking tape to the bed if needed.
  2. Select a filament for usage.
  3. If necessary, remove whatever filament is currently spooled into the printer. Do this by heating the printer up to 260C, then quickly withdrawing the filament back out of the print head.
  4. Place your desired filament onto the spool axle, and feed the filament into the print head while heated, until filament extrudes from the nozzle cleanly in the color you inserted.
  5. Configure the printer for the diameter of filament inserted. Diameter is typically 1.75mm or 2.85mm. This value will be printed on the spool.
  6. Remove the extruded filament from the nozzle.
  7. Always level the bed before a print.
    1. Use the printer's controller to move the print head home (X0 Y0 Z0), and disable the steppers so that you can move it freely laterally.
    2. Place a piece of paper between the nozzel and the bed. For each corner, use the adjustments under the bed to change the level until there is a small bit of resistance on the paper between the nozzle and the bed. Video tutorial
  8. Configure your gcode in your slicing program of choice (Cura is easy and popular).
    1. Specify the diameter of your print nozzle.
    2. Specify the nozzle printing temperature (typically between 190C and 230C). This value will be printed as a range on the spool, use the higher end of the range.
  9. Slice your model, and copy the file to a MicroSD card. Each printer should have an SD card in it.
  10. Insert the SD card into the printer, and use the controller to select and print your gcode file.
  11. Once the nozzle and the bed are up to temperature, the print will begin. Monitor as the first layer goes down. If the nozzle is scraping or the filament is being pressed into a very thin layer, the bed is too high. If the filament is not sticking to the bed cleanly, the bed is too low. Either way, cancel the print and re-level the bed, then restart.
  12. If you expect your print to take a particularly long time, you may wish to leave a sticky note on the printer with the date/time you started it so that other makers know your completed print hasn't been abandoned.

Troubleshooting

  • If the lines of filament coming out of the nozzle are inconsistent, the nozzle may be partially clogged. Insert a very thin wire into the nozzle to clear it.
  • If you cannot insert filament into the head, or you aren't able to get filament to extrude, it may be clogged or blocked. Disassemble the print head and use a thin tool such as a hex key to clear the blockage from both ends. This might need to be done with the print head hot, so use caution.
  • Resources:
 * Print a Benchy Boat: 
   * http://www.3dbenchy.com/features/
   * https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:763622
   * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_7EMnQ6Rlc
 * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_7EMnQ6Rlc

3D PRINTING HACKSTATION DESIGN

Node: the hackstation has not yet been restored fully since the move. You are invited to contribute to that effort.

The 3D printing printing hackstation is a kiosk with the following items necessary for 3D printing:

  • 3D printer
  • Pegboard
    • Blue masking tape to coat the build platform.
    • Wedge to scrape builds off of the tape.
      • Autobody chisel works best.
    • Ruler
    • Duster spray can to clean out parts
    • Files to file down parts
    • Scraps box for recycling of wasted parts.
    • Showcase box for showing cool things to inspire people with.
    • Cleaning Reminder Sign: (Please help keep NOISEBRIDGE tidy by keeping this area clean.)
  • Overhead Shelf
    • Filament spools rack
  • 3D Printer tools box
    • elmers glue
    • Kapton tape
    • box cutter
    • usb cables of various ends (micro, b)
    • screw driver
    • plastic scraper
    • allen keys

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Wish list:

  • Sandpaper
  • working 3d printers
  • Restored hackstation

PROJECT IDEAS

  • Improved lighting on printer shelves
  • OctoPis with cameras connected to all printers
  • Giant 3d-printer
- canabalizing 2 makerbot replicators

Would you like to help organize a new weekly 3D printing workshop?

If you are interested in organizing a new regular 3D printing meetup or reviving Replicator Wednesdays, do it!

  • Let User:Lxpk know and he will assist with updating the wiki and organizing your event or project.

Past 3D Printing Things