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3D Printing:
My first 3D printer, assembling and setup


Contents:

  1. Introduction, unpacking and assembling sliders
  2. Installing the pillars on the bottom frame
  3. Installing the top limit switches and the top frame
  4. Installing the timing belts
  5. Installing the display and the filament feeder motor
  6. Installing electric devices and cables
  7. Adjusting the print bed
  8. Test print and test of Z-axis offset
  9. Installing CP2102 drivers and Cura
  10. Upload new 3D printer software - Marlin
  11. Mechanical calibration
  12. Setup Marlin 1.1.19
  13. Setup/Calibrate Marlin 2.0.0
  14. Tweaks
  15. Temperature P.I.D. optimizing
  16. Calibrate horizontal expansion
  17. Wind shield
  18. Replacing the nozzle heater
  19. To be continued

Note:
I take no responsibility or liability for what are written here, you use the information at your own risk!


8, Test print and test of Z-axis offset:

Installing the SD card:

3D printer, assembling and setup

Included the the 3D printer there is a SD card. This card has test files and drivers pre installed.


3D printer, assembling and setup

First I take a backup of the files.


3D printer, assembling and setup

Then I insert the memory card in the slot, you find the slot on the left side of the display on the backside.


3D printer, assembling and setup

Insert the filament, if there is any sharp bent of the filament, cut of that part first.


3D printer, assembling and setup

Open the transport mechanism and push in the filament all the way to the printer head.


Heating up the nozzle:

3D printer, assembling and setup

Follow the instructions and heat up the nozzle. When the nozzle has reach the temperature I push in the filament to the nozzle until it comes out a melted string from it.


Test print to fine adjust the calibration of the offset:

3D printer, assembling and setup

Go to the menu for printing from the SD memory card.


3D printer, assembling and setup

The test files shall be under the menu Funny models.


3D printer, assembling and setup

Open the test menu.


3D printer, assembling and setup

Nothing there !


To fine adjust Z-axis offset, obsolete follow no 13 Setup / Calibrate Marlin 2.0.0 !

3D printer, assembling and setup

Test files on the SD card seen from the PC.

Strange, when I'm looking from the PC direct in the test file map I found the files, but the printer doesn't see them, what's wrong ? Reading in the manual, the files of *.STL extension can not be read by the 3D printer, must be in *.Gcode format. But why are they not installed in the test file map ?

Obvious there is some mistake here. But anyway I must be able to make these Gcode format files by myself. The STL format is something the CAD software export and deliver, it describe a surface model of the 3D drawing. The printer must have it sliced up to understand how to print it. On the SD card there is the software Cura installed that can do this transformation.

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