TAZ 3D Printing Tutorial
Starting From Sketchup
- Start with a Sketchup file. Start the print of tubing in a vertical position - with the base in the xy axis. You can draw in any position, but at end, group it and rotate it to stand vertically.
- Install plugin to sketchup. For Linux, see how to install plugins under Wine - simply place the plugin in the correct directory. For Windows, use skp_to_dxf.rbz. See Sketchup page on wiki - see links there. In Windows, do Preferences-Exension-Install Extension (choose location of extension). With it installed, go to Tools-Export and choose STL as the export format. Do not change the filename, as it will not recognize the file format later.
- With the STL export - you need to fix it for printing. Use cloud service for fixing files - cloud.netfabb.com. We are using all inch formats. This is a converter for fixing your files. It sends you a link of the fixed file. You can view the fixed file in STL or download it. Download the file.
- Open your repaired STL file. It should appear like it is for real.
Starting from STL Files
- Download Slic3r to generate gcode for printing from an STL file. You can generate multiple copies of an object.
- Make sure that you upload the correct configuration file - use 0.35 nozzle draft. Upload the configuration every time you use slic3r.
- To upload configuration, download the configuration file from . This particular config file is for rough, fast printing.
- For even faster printing, you can go into expert settings to do quality reduction. To do this, go into File-Preferences-Expert Settings. Then close down Slic3r. Open Slic3r again, and select Print Settings-Advanced-Resolution. Select higher than 0 for resolution to get worse resolution. Then upload your .ini again. We have worked successfully with .3 mm as the resolution - so you can just upload this .ini file - File:Quick 35 3.ini
- Expert gcode. Then you are ready for Printrun.