TAZ 3D Printing Tutorial

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Starting From Sketchup

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    1. Open your repaired STL file. It should appear like it is for real.

Starting from STL Files

  1. Download Slic3r to generate gcode for printing from an STL file. You can generate multiple copies of an object.
    1. Make sure that you upload the correct configuration file - use 0.35 nozzle draft. Upload the configuration every time you use slic3r.
    2. To upload configuration, download the configuration file from [1]. This particular config file is for rough, fast printing.
    3. 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
  2. Expert gcode. Then you are ready for Printrun.