3-D Application Request Form
(no form neccessary for scanning)
Books about 3d printing and related subjects
Instructions and training by machine type
Before a physical object can be printed there has to be a .stl format 3d file. This file can be downloaded complete from the internet, be imported from an .obj file that a scanner creates, be designed from scratch in a 3d modeling software or be a modification of a scan or download. 3d scanning and printing is not a fast process compared with 2d scanning and printing, please be prepared to wait for your process or processes to complete. You may want to bring a book while you wait or read one of ours about 3d technologies.
Matter and Form Scanner
-Place object on the center of the turntable and click the icon on the attached computer.
- glossy or shiny objects may require a dusting of talcum powder or corn starch (available on request) for best results
1) turn on scanner, button is the logo on the back. Turn on floor lamps to insure lots of light without shadows.
2) open the green “MF” software on the desktop and choose “new scan” when the software connects
3) single color is easier, when you are offered the choice
4) when your scan finishes it needs to be cleaned, after naming and saving your file a .mfcx format file, choose the clean function at the top of the window.
5) sliding the crop from center control is generally the most useful but there are several options available to remove digital fragments that do not correspond to your work piece.
6 When you are satisfied, you may save/export to an .obj or a .stl format file.
- 2 or 3 scans can be merged with the “combine” icon to fill in missing areas of the scan.
-Produces a .obj file that Blender or other 3d software can convert into an .stl file.
Blender, a 3d modeling software
Can import a wide variety of format and export .stl, the type of file the printers need
Can also create simple geometric objects from scratch. Blender is an extremely complex and flexible tool. Blender is also not the only 3d software. While we cannot provide a step by step tutorial of all of the functions, here is a video of how to use Blender to digitally “fix” a broken plastic part.
uPrint SE plus- print from ABS thermoplastic
Why - you will have to perform minimal clean up,
-slightly faster than the Form 1 for typical jobs,
1) click the CatalystEX software to open the uPrint SE interface.
2) File- Open and find your .stl file.
3) There are several options to the right. You may modify them of accept the defaults. Printing a “solid” may cause warping of your work piece.
4) Select the orientation tab. The uPrint normally prints layer upon layer of plastic netting. The finished piece will be weakest between these nets of plastic, so make sure that the most fragile parts of your stl are laid horizontally. Hint- an easy way to rotate the piece is to select a top or bottom radio button and then click on where that top or bottom should be
5) press the “add to pack” button.
6) on the pack tab, try to orient your print job away from any marks on the tray if re-using a tray and if using a fresh one please place your job along the edges.
7) Press Print
8) when your job is done use the gloves provided to unlock and remove your tray. Carefully scrape off your print job with the spatula and remove any support material.
9) start model should be flashing on the printer. Press the appropriate button.
Form 1+ SLA- print from resin
Why - Superb resolution, conventional 3d printing often leaves visible ridges.
- Operates at room temperature
Before you start, make sure that the resin tank at the bottom is sufficiently full, but not over full. Note the indicator markings on the front of the tank.
Make sure the baseplate is locked. Staff, insure this instructions have been carried out.
1) turn on the form1 if the power button is dark.
2) open up the blue “Preform” software, and choose your resolution. Then open your .stl file
3) you may adjust your orientation, sizing and supports, these options will be on the left. Be sure to examine how the supports will be attached, especially with regard to moving parts.
4) send to the printer, the button is on the left.
5) when your print job is done, put on the gloves provided and unlock and remove the baseplate. Wash them in rubbing alcohol and carefully remove the print job with the spatula. You may remove the supports by clipping them or breaking them off.
6) Press button on printer to confirm.
7) User may unlock baseplate with nitrile gloves provided, remove work piece with a spatula and wash both with isopropyl alcohol.
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