FDM Print Start Checklist

    1. Get .STL Files (either from CAD software or from online sources)
    2. Use the tool appropriate slicing tool to prepare the print.
      1. Note: if you plan to slice in the shop, use https://artisans.skedda.com to book your time there under “Digital Fabrication” 
    3. Make sure that your part will fit the printer:
      1. Markforged: Onyx with fiber inlay available (carbon fiber, kevlar, fiberglass) (320 -x 132 x 154 mm; 12.6 x 5.2 x 6 in)
      2. Lulzbot Taz 5: ABS Printer, single extruder (298 x 275 x 250 mm; 11.7 x 10.8 x 9.8 in)
      3. Flashforge Creator Pro: PLA Printer, single extruder (227 x 148 x 150 mm; 8.9 x 5.8 x 5.9 in)
      4. Prusa I3 MK3S: PLA or PETG Printer, Single Extruder (9.84 x 8.3 x 8.3 in)
      5. Stratasys Dimension Elite: ABS with dissolvable supports (8in. X 8in. x 12in.)
    4. Reserve your print time in https://artisans.skedda.com 
      1. Reserve for the printer you are using for as long as the print will run!
    5. Move print files to printer:
      1. Flashforge, Taz and Prusa
        1. Save the gcode generated in Simplify3D or prusaslicer to an SD card.
          1. Taz can take any format
          2. Flashforges can only take Fat-32 under 4G. Note that all of the ones in Digi Fab under 4G are formatted correctly. 
          3. If the first SD card does not work try another one
      2. Markforged and Stratasys
        1. Send the part to the printer queue wirelessly. Please do not start the print until you are in the shop!
    6. Check the filament amounts for the printers. Change filament if needed prior to print
      1.  For the Flashforge, Taz and Prusa, change the filament prior to print as needed. While the Prusa will pause if it runs out of filament, the flashforge and Taz will not. You have to physically be there to pause the print and change filament for these two machines if you are going to run out. 
      2. For the markforged, the print will automatically pause when it runs out of filament. Contact 3dprinters-lead@artisansasylum.com or the Slack channel to arrange for a trained user to change the filament/ fiber
    7. Check that the printer is free of debris and that there are no parts on the bed
      1. If you find a part on the printer, remove it carefully and leave it in the pick up area. 
      2. If the bed looks dirty, use an IPA wipe on the surface
    8. For the Markforged Only
      1. If the printer has sat idle for more than 24 hours, run a "wet purge" prior to printing
    9. Start the print
      1. Note: for the markforged make sure you put elmer’s glue down on the bed before starting the print! Especially make sure that there is glue in the top left corner. 
      3. You do not need to stick around to watch the entire print, however for new users, please watch the first few layers go down to make sure the printer is working correctly.
    10. When the print is done, use painters tools, plastic razors, and dental floss provided to remove it from the bed. If the bed is cooled, you should be able to pop the part off of the flashforge, Prusa and Taz by hand. 
    11. Pay for the print if necessary. See the rules page for further pricing details. 
    12. Clean up the shop as needed