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|Arrival Date||October 2012|
|Usability||NOT WORKING(voltage regulator exploded 3/24/2013, replacement part ordered)|
- 1 Status update 3/25/2013
- 2 How To Use
- 3 Tips and Tweaks
Status update 3/25/2013
3/25/2013: The Replicator is temporarily decommissioned as a result of a static discharge incident which happened yesterday. It was lame. The damage has been assessed (a blown voltage regulator) and a replacement part has been ordered. The machine should be ready to use very soon. Many thanks to Dan D and Jeremy BP for their help troubleshooting.
4/2/2013: Fresh chip was installed tonight, but didn't fix the problem. Started a support ticket with MakerBot.
How To Use
If you get stuck and can't find the information you need on this page, google is your friend. So is . There's a lot of information on this machine out there, so don't be afraid to do some research. It'll be fun. Plus, you can come back here and contribute your findings.
Get a Thing to print
Download something from Thingiverse, or some other website, or design a Thing using 3D modeling software. // list some free 3D CAD programs
Your Thing should be a "watertight", solid model in STL format (binary or ASCII, doesn't matter).
Slice Your Model
You'll need to turn your 3D model into toolpaths that the printer understands. This involves "slicing" your model into a bunch of layers. To do this, we'll need some software.
For the Replicator, it's best to stick with ReplicatorG. There are plenty of other options which you can try if you're adventurous.
On the menu bar, click on "Machine" and make sure you're set for the MakerBot Replicator Dual Extruder.
- Drag and drop your STL into the model environment
- Use the "Move", "Rotate", and "Scale" functions to alter your model as needed (remember to click "View" before trying to rotate the view again)
- Click "Generate GCode" (if you've altered your STL you'll be prompted to save it)
- Select the Replicator slicing defaults for your first print and make sure you select the correct extruder and support setting (see note below)
- Click "Generate GCode" and wait from 5 to 500 minutes for the Skeinforge to do its thing
- Once the gcode is done, you can estimate the time your part will take to print from the "Gcode" menu
- Last step! You'll need to build your gcode to a .S3G file which you'll be putting on an SD card (make sure the name isn't too long or the Replicator won't read it)
Choosing the right gcode settings
Loading a file in the printer
- Turn on the machine using the switch on the back
- Put in the SD card
- From the main menu, select "Build from SD"
- Select your file
The machine will now detect its limits, and start preheating the extruder
Tips and Tweaks
Make sure the build platform is leveled
Part not sticking?
After making sure the build platform is leveled, a good solution is to increase the temperature of the build platform. In the "gcode" tab in ReplicatorG, change the text to set the bed temperature to 118ºC instead of 110º. There will be a line near the top of the file like this:
M109 S110 T0 (set HBP temperature)
Change it to:
M109 S118 T0 (set HBP temperature)
It might also say T1 instead of T0, but the important thing is that it is set to 118º. Save the file once you've made the changes, then proceed to save it as an S3G for the SD card.