3D Print Lab Tutorials

Part Submission Guide

The Goal of this document is to walk you through the part submission process for the 801 Rhodes 3D printer lab. The 801 lab allows parts to be submitted for school related projects pertaining to a Class, student organization, or Club. The submission process for all parts to be printer must follow a three-step process as outlined in the following bullet points.

  • Convert the 3D object into an STL file.
  • Convert the STL file into G-Code with the Prusa slicer software.
  • Submit the part using the MakerGear Cloud.

Before you attempt to submit any parts for printing make sure to read this document in its entirety. This will ensure a quick print and quality part that you can pick up in person at the lab. If you have any questions regarding the submission process or how to use the associated software utilize the reference section for extra guides and contact information of individuals that can help!

Convert Your Part to an STL

No matter what software you are using it is mandatory that your 3D model is saved as the correct file type in order to utilize our Slicing software. Depending on what program you are utilizing the process for converting your model to an STL will differ. In the reference section to this guide there are video demonstrations for how to save your file as an STL for the most popular software packages. If you do not see your software in the references, then ask your professor for assistance.

NOTE: An STL fie does not contain units so make sure that you properly export your file. Otherwise, improper dimensioning could occur when the file is imported to the Slicing Software! This is especially prevalent in software’s that use arbitrary units such as blender.

Convert Your STL to G-Code

To convert the STL into G-Code it is important that the proper software and configuration is used. The 3D printer lab utilized a custom configuration that is unique to our printers that must be used in order to print your part correctly. Below are 2 sections. The first outlines how to download and configure the Prusa slicer software. The second shows you how to import and slice your parts. YOU ONLY NEED TO DOWNLOAD AND CONFIGURE THE FIRST TIME YOU USE THE SOFTWARE.

Downloading and Configuring Prusaslicer

  • Go to the Prusaslicer website and download the appropriate installer for your operating system.
  • Once the software is downloaded and installed, open it. You should see a screen that looks like the image below. (its ok if its not exactly the same)

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  • From this screen navigate to File -> Import -> Import Config 
  • Import the MakerGear M3 configuration file. The image below should be able to be double clicked to access this file and save it to your computer. However, if this I not the case then reach out to the lab supervisor (Reference Contacts section) 
  • This configuration is now loaded but it is important that you save it. Otherwise, you would have to import the configuration each time you opened/ closed the software.
  • To save the configuration navigate to the print settings tab. Click the save Icon next to the configuration you just imported and save the configuration as MakergearM3. Repeat this step for both the filament settings and printer settings tab.
    • IT IS CRUTIAL THAT YOU RENAME THE CONFIGURATION, OTHERWISE IT WILL HAVE AN ERROR SAVING 
    • YOU MUST REPEAT THIS STEP IN THE FILIMENT SETTINGS TAB AND THE PRINTER SETTINGS TAB

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Using Prusa Slicer

The tools in Prusa slicer are relatively self-explanatory for anyone familiar with slicing software’s. However, for the first-time user this program can seem a little daunting. Outlined below is the bare bones minimum you need to know to successfully slice your part. If more complex prints are required look at the reference materials section for more guides and videos or contact the 3D print lab staff.

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  • From the home screen navigate to File -> Import -> Import STL/OBJ/AMF/3MF
  • Or use the command Ctrl+I 
  • Import your STL file and it should appear on the build plate.

 

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  • Select your part (click on it) and use the Placement tool to place the flattest side of your part against the build plate.

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  • Click the Slice Now button in the bottom right of the screen.
  • You should now see a layered view of your part, this is the G-Code of the part and you can export it using the button that is in the same spot that the Slice now Button was.

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Submitting Your Part to the Maker Gear Cloud

Now that your part is in the G-Code format you need to upload it to the MakerGear Cloud to be printed. The MakerGear cloud is a third-party site utilized by the lab to manage our printers and the jobs sent to them. In order to successfully upload a part and submit a job you will have to create an account on this site. YOU ONLY NEED TO CREATE ONE ACCOUNT

Creating an Account

  • Navigate to http://cluster.makergear.com/.
  • Click the Get Started Button
  • Create an account with the following:
    • USE YOUR 6+2 AS YOUR USERNAME
    • USE YOUR UC EMAIL
  • You should see a screen like the one below once you have done this.

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  • At this point you need to send an email to ceas3dprintfarm@ucmail.uc.edu with your name and the reason you wish to print (i.e. what class, club, or organization you are printing for)
  • Please allow up to 24 hours for your account to be accepted after you have sent this email. If you have not been accepted after 24 hours then contact the lab supervisor (reference Contacts section)

Uploading and Submitting

The uploading and submitting of a part to the cloud are two separate steps within the MakerGear site. Both must be done for your part to be printed.

Uploading

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  • Upload your G-Code and name your part using the format of your 6+2 followed by an underscore followed by the name of your part (for example: kindigjr_TestPart). Additionally add a description with a description of the part and what it is for.
    • DO NOT UPLOAD A STL IT WILL NOT BE PRINTED

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  • Click Save Part Changes

Uploading

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  • Submit Your part to the 801 lab. DO NOT SUBMIT TO THE VICTORY PARKWAY LAB OR WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIND YOUR PART! Your part will be somewhere in the Drop-down menu. It might be hard to find and we are working on a better system now but the part should be there if you uploaded it correctly.
  • You are done! Your part will be printed and you will receive an email when it is ready for pick up along with dates and times that we are open for you to pick up your part!

Reference Materials