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Getting Started (7)

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The machine settings for Cura are shown in the dialog below. These can be entered using the wizard or the machine settings dialog : In addition the filament diameter should be set to 1.75mm on the Basic tab and the Nozzle Diameter set to 0.4mm on the Advanced Tab. We recommend the following gcode for … Continue reading How do I configure CURA to work with the THREEDY?

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You can print your first object  within 15 minutes of receiving your new THREEDY. The THREEDY is sent out after it has been built, calibrated and tested. Each THREEDY comes with a spool of plastic pre-installed and print ready test objects on the SD card. The “Getting Started Guide” which comes with the THREEDY contains … Continue reading How easy is it to get started?

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If the first layer of your print is not sticking to the surface or is not appearing correctly this may be because your platform is not level or your nozzle is the wrong distance from the platform. Select the menu option “Prepare -> Auto Home -> Disable steppers.”  Carefully grip the nozzle unit and move … Continue reading How do I adjust/level the platform?

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To change the filament the nozzle must be heated. Use the menu option “Control -> temperature -> nozzle”.  Set the temperature to “220C” or a value appropriate for your plastic type. Lift the black rubber filament grip which is in the middle of the left hand side panel of the Threedy. Remove the white filament … Continue reading How do I change the filament?

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Each spool has 1 kg of plastic. NB this does NOT include the weight of the spool itself, which is an additional 230 g (this is useful information when you want to calculate how much plastic you have remaining on a part-used spool).

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Wood is thermally stable and does not vibrate.

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If you don’t fancy designing your own prints, there are loads of 3D printable files available on the world wide web that you can download to print on your own 3D printer. Some offer professionally designed models, others are creations shared by other users. Many are free, some also offer premium 3D print files. Whilst … Continue reading Where can I get 3D printable files?

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The machine settings for Cura are shown in the dialog below. These can be entered using the wizard or the machine settings dialog : In addition the filament diameter should be set to 1.75mm on the Basic tab and the Nozzle Diameter set to 0.4mm on the Advanced Tab. We recommend the following gcode for … Continue reading How do I configure CURA to work with the THREEDY?

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MODELLING SOFTWARE Any 3D modelling software that is capable of producing STL files or files capable of being converted to STL files. Many of these modelling softwares are available for free download. Examples include OpenSCAD, TurboCad, Rhino, Sketchup, Solidworks, AutoCAD SLICING SOFTWARE Once you have a 3D model design, it needs to be converted into … Continue reading What software can I use?

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STL (STereoLithography) is the file format of the 3D model produced on a computer that is used to create your 3D print. It is essentially a mathematical description of the 3D object. This file type will be created by the 3D modelling software you use for your design.  

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G-Code is the language used to tell your THREEDY 3D printer how to print something. It gives the printer instructions on where to move, how fast to move and what path to move.  

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Printing (5)

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  We supply a super range of ABS and PLA filaments – which we have thoroughly tested and USE 0- and guarantee with our THREEDY printers. (Although you can use filaments from any supplier). The THREEDY has a heated bed  that will go up to 135 °C and has an enclosed build chamber, this allows … Continue reading What materials can I print with?

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THREEDY has very low running costs. As a rough guide, printed items work out at approximately 2 pence per gram of plastic.

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The optimum printing temperature range for our THREEDY ABS Filament is 220 C to 255 C, depending upon the speed. Because the THREEDY 3D Printer is a high speed printer, we typically print at 250 C.

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The optimum printing temperature range for our THREEDY PLA Filament is 195 C to 230 C, depending upon the speed. Because the THREEDY 3D Printer is a high speed printer, we typically print at 225 C.

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No, there is not a scanner attached to THREEDY or manufactured by PuzzleShed. However, if you have a 3D scanner that produces .stl files, the scanned objects can be printed by THREEDY

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About 3D Printing (4)

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It is achieved using an additive process where successive layers of material are laid down.  Each layer is a thinly-sliced, horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. Each object begins with a digital Computer Aided Design (CAD) file, created with a 3D modelling programme, or one which is scanned into a 3D modelling programme with a … Continue reading How does 3D Printing work?

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Virtually any three-dimensional shape can be printed. If you can draw it, you can print it! THREEDY was originally designed to print puzzles, at which it excells, but it can be used to print an infinte number of other objects. Fun things / toys / models / useful things…Below are just a few examples. For … Continue reading What can I make with a 3D printer?

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THREEDY currently comes with two different bed sizes. The classic THREEDY can print to 210 mm x 210 mm x 160 mm. The large THREEDY can print to 310 mm x 210 mm x 160 mm.

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3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional object of virtually any shape from a digital model.  

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MODELLING SOFTWARE Any 3D modelling software that is capable of producing STL files or files capable of being converted to STL files. Many of these modelling softwares are available for free download. Examples include OpenSCAD, TurboCad, Rhino, Sketchup, Solidworks, AutoCAD SLICING SOFTWARE Once you have a 3D model design, it needs to be converted into … Continue reading What software can I use?

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If you don’t fancy designing your own prints, there are loads of 3D printable files available on the world wide web that you can download to print on your own 3D printer. Some offer professionally designed models, others are creations shared by other users. Many are free, some also offer premium 3D print files. Whilst … Continue reading Where can I get 3D printable files?

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Your 3D printer is no use unless you have something for it to print! You need a 3D model file. You may wish to download a model, but if you are feeling creative or need to make something specific that isn’t available elsewhere (after all, that is surely one of the joys of 3D printing … Continue reading How do I design something to 3D print?

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