At the time of writing, we currently have a number of different printers. These printers have different operating procedures and behave differently. Below are instructions on how to operate the various printers we offer.
- You must have completed the 3D printing training to use our 3D printers.
- You must provide your own filament. Mark your spools with a sticky note with your name, Discord username (if applicable), and phone number.
- Only print with 1.75mm PLA, PLA+, or PLA Pro. Contact an officer if you want to use another filament.
- Do not use someone else's filament. This includes unmarked and Makerspace filament.
- Do not tamper with any of the machines. This includes removing or altering any of the SD cards, plugging or unplugging cables, switching print beds between printers, and tampering with the USB ports.
- Using OctoPrint is required when using our 3D printers. You can connect to it using
http://<color>.utd.ms/. Attempting to print via SD card is not allowed at any point.
- If a machine is broken or out of calibration, please notify an officer. Do not attempt to fix the printer yourself!
- Please remove your prints in a timely manner.
- Do not stop in-progress prints that are not yours unless it is very clearly failing.
- If you are stop someone else's print, please leave a note or send a message on the Discord server explaining why.
- Do not print firearms or firearm parts. Print a wall around "obscene" objects.
- UTDesign Makerspace reserves the right to pause, cancel, or remove prints at any time for any reason.
- UTDesign Makerspace cannot guarantee object quality or stability, or confidentiality of designs. UTDesign Makerspace is not liable for objects which prove to be functionally faulty, defective, or unsafe in their use.
The easiest way to view our live cameras is through BitBot on our Discord server.
¶ Ender 3, CR-10 V2 and Prusa Mini+
These printers are based on open standards and do not rely on proprietary software/systems.
The Qidi Tech 1 is our dual extruder printer. Printing with it can be difficult and prints may come out at a lower quality, but you are able to print with two colors at the same time.
This printer requires extra training and knowledge to operate.
If you only want different colors on separate layers, please consider using one of our other printers.
These printers use a proprietary slicer and is not natively compatible with most slicers. For slicing with these machines, you need to use the 3D Gence Slicer.
The 3D Gence printers are currently unavailable. Tutorials will be posted here at a later date.