3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, involves fabricating a physical three-dimensional item from a 3D Model developed with computer-aided design (CAD) software. The process can employ a variety of methods where materials are layered, connected, or hardened under computer guidance. These materials range from plastics to liquids to powders depending on the method of 3D Printing.
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is one of the most popular methods used in 3D printing. In the FDM process, a thermoplastic filament is heated to its melting point and then extruded to build the desired object layer-by-layer on a printbed. The extrusion nozzle moves in a predetermined path, as dictated by the digital model, depositing melted material in thin layers. As each layer is placed down, it cools below its melting point and fuses with the layer below, gradually constructing the 3D object. This technique is lauded for its simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and versatility.
Prusa is a recognized name in the 3D printing community, and the MK3S is one of its prominent FDM printer models. Overall, the Prusa MK3S is targeted towards makers, boasting a strong Open Source presence on GitHub, where Prusa has Open-Sourced not only the firmware that runs on its printers, but also the Desktop user application for converting 3D models into printable files.
Configuration > Configuration Assistant
Nextuntil you arrive at
Filaments(Filament Profiles Selection)
Nextand choose the settings shown below on
Reload from Disk, respectively:
Expert Mode, because this will still highlight what are the most common settings that need changing (as visible in Simple mode) using green circles, but it will give you an idea of what is possible with a 3D Printer. It is also very easy to switch back and forth between Simple, Advanced, and Expert from Prusa Slicer's main window.
Finish; you can come back to this Assistant at any time.
Ctrl-I > Import STL/3MF...
Print Settings. A higher millimeter number here means a faster and more imprecise print.
Printerand Nozzle Combination based on the label on the printer itself. Similar to the
Print Settings, a larger nozzle is less precise but prints faster. Make sure you have not accidentally selected the MMU for this first print.
For the 0.4 mm nozzle Printer setting, there is no nozzle size mentioned. This is because the 0.4 mm nozzle is the default that the printer comes shipped with.
Morereveals the following:
Slice Nowand see if the warning still occurs. If so, add supports to all areas as well. In this case, it did not so we can proceed.
For this step you will need to be connected to the CE-Hub-Student Wifi.
httpscheme as part of the URL), and type in the Password which has been shared during the in-person session.
The URLs follow the pattern
Connectbutton to get the Octoprint website reconnected to the printer. This may take a minute, but the three screens below should guide what changes to the site content you can expect.
Upload to SD, but this will be slower