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-Summary description of the area and perhaps some misc notes about it's purpose!+There is currently one working 3D printer at the VHS. Training or evidence of competency is required to use it. The connected computer on bench E is to be used only for 3D printing and is password protected. To schedule a training session or obtain the password, please email the 3D printer work group or ask on the members' ​list. Details and status of each printer are provided below.
-^ Status ​            ​| ​Unorganized ​as of Nov 202013                               | +^ Status ​            ​| ​Organized ​as of July 120114                               | 
-^ Training ​          ​| ​Recommended ​                                                 |+^ Training ​          ​| ​Required ​                                                 |
 ^ Usage Restrictions | Members Only                                                 | ^ Usage Restrictions | Members Only                                                 |
 ^ Creation Date      | VHS Epoch                                                    | ^ Creation Date      | VHS Epoch                                                    |
-^ Location ​          ​| ​Benches D & E                                                | +^ Location ​          ​| ​Bench E                                                | 
-^ Champion ​          ​| ​See [[compendium-of-champions#​tools|Compendium of Champions]]|+^ Champion ​          | [[https://​​t/​3d-printer-work-group/​1126|3D Printer Work Group]], also see [[tool:​compendium_of_champions|Compendium of Champions]]|
 ===== Safety ===== ===== Safety =====
 3D printers run high temperature nozzles meant to melt plastic. ​ Left unsupervised they could start a fire. 3D printers run high temperature nozzles meant to melt plastic. ​ Left unsupervised they could start a fire.
-3D printers have moving mechanical parts which could injure someone while in motion.  ​Proceed with caution+3D printers have moving mechanical parts which could injure someone while in motion.  ​Keep your hands clear when in operation
-3D printers have big power supplies - 600w is common. ​ Always unplug ​your printer before attempting maintenance.+3D printers have big power supplies - 500w is common. ​ Always unplug ​the printer ​after use and before attempting maintenance. 
 +===== Tutorial ===== 
 +Instructions on how to use the area and/or it's tools or links to references, pdf guide or something. This should be a solid basis for any required training. 
 +====== Tantillus 3D Printer ====== 
 +{{::​tantillus-3d-printer.jpg?​200 |}} 
 +It's bright pink, you can't miss it 
 +^ Status ​            | Unknown as of Feb 1, 2014                           | 
 +^ Training ​          | Mandatory ​                                      | 
 +^ Hackable ​          | NO                                                              | 
 +^ Usage Restrictions | Members with 3D Printer Training Only                     | 
 +^ Owner              | VHS                                          | 
 +^ If it Breaks ​      | Attach an "out of order" sign & Contact 3D printer working group. ​  | 
 +^ Loan Status ​       | Owned                  | 
 +^ Arrival Date       | 2012                                                                  | 
 +^ Location ​          | 3D Printer Workbench ​                                  | 
 +^ Value              | $800                                                                  | 
 +^ Champion ​          | See [[tool:​compendium_of_champions#​tools|Compendium of Champions]] ​    |
 ===== Specifications ===== ===== Specifications =====
-Detailed specifications and references to information describing the area and it's purpose, sub categories for it's relevant tools. Strive for comprehensive!+Unknown
 ===== Tutorial ===== ===== Tutorial =====
-Instructions ​on how to use the area and/​or ​it's tools or links to references, pdf guide or something. This should be a solid basis for any required training.+See http://​​Tutorials.html for excellent tutorials ​on how to use it.
 ===== Maintenance Log ==== ===== Maintenance Log ====
-Any maintenance,​ repairs, relocations,​ changes, etc to the area should be logged below with a note, date and who! 
 ^ Note               ^ Date         ^ Who       ^ ^ Note               ^ Date         ^ Who       ^
 | Wiki entry created | Nov 20, 2013 | Thomas L. | | Wiki entry created | Nov 20, 2013 | Thomas L. |
-Added Safety ​      | Nov 212013 Dan R.    ​|+ 
 +<a id="​Makerbot">​ 
 +====== Makerbot Thing-o-Matic ====== 
 +{{::​generic-tool.png?​200 ​|}} 
 +**Update as of August 12, 2014:** Information on this page is relevant for both the Makerbot Thing-o-Matic and the Makerbot Cupcake, both currently being stored on the top shelf of the 3D printer workbench for spare parts or as the basis for other projects. See below for history notes. 
 +^ Status ​            | Offline as of Feb 1, 2014                           | 
 +^ Training ​          | No                                       | 
 +^ Hackable ​          | Yes                                                              | 
 +^ Usage Restrictions | None                     | 
 +^ Owner              | VHS                                           | 
 +^ If it Breaks ​      | It's already broken but you are welcome to fix itor hack it   | 
 +^ Loan Status ​       ​Owned | 
 +^ Arrival Date       | Date                                                                   | 
 +^ Location ​          | Top shelf of 3D printer bench | 
 +^ Value              | parts                                                                     | 
 +^ Champion ​          | See [[tool:​compendium_of_champions#​tools|Compendium of Champions]] ​    | 
 +In late 2010 VHS members crowdsourced $1800 in 18 hours and collectively purchased a Makerbot 3D printer and buttloads of ABS filament in a rainbow of colours. 
 +In late 2011, the Extruder on the 'bot was upgraded to the StepStruder. 
 +The Makerbot is available for anyone to use on "Open Tuesday"​ nights on a first-come first serve, but be kind and share basis. 
 +If YOU want to print on the VHS MakerBot, here are a few things you may want/​need:​ 
 +ReplicatorG software 
 +You may need to install the FTDI drivers for your OS so your computer will recognize the Makerbot when plugged in via USB. 
 +Select your serial port under the Machine->"​Connection (Serial Port)" menu. 
 +Under the Machine->​ menu of the ReplicatorG software, select "​ThingOMatic w/ HBP and Extruder MK6" 
 +Only re-calibrate the printer if the first layer looks incorrect. See bellow for directions on re-calibration. 
 +NEVER leave the printer running unattended. ​ (If something goes wrong, someone needs to be in the room to press the emergency stop) 
 +====== Recalibration ====== 
 +The z-axis is the most critical part of a good print. If it's too high or too low the print will not work well or may even damage the machine. 
 +To do manual tweeking of the z-axis, under Machine->​Motherboard Preferences is the settings for stop-height above bed. If you increase this value the head will be lowered towards the table and if you decrease it'll lift the head. Don't ever adjust this by more than 0.4mm at a time to make sure you never drive the hot-end into the table. 
 +If the print is not adhearing to the table or does not look fully filled as in there are spaces between the filaments, you need to lower the z-axis a little (Increase the value of the z-axis). 
 +On the other end of things, if the head is either having troubles extruding the first layer or there is a lot of plastic pressing up around the nozzle to make little fins in the first layer, the head needs to be lifted some (decrease the value of the z-axis). Normally I'd adjust by 0.2mm at a time til it was printing nearly flat across the top. 
 +====== Temperature ====== 
 +The new hot-end installed mid-May no longer has any issue with going hotter than 235C (There is no PTFE). This does not mean you should ever pint hotter than that as ABS starts to put off toxic fumes above that temperature. 
 +Normal ABS prints should be between 220-235C. The colour does make a difference; coloured filament tends to be higher temperature. I suggest 225 for most prints unless you're printing very fast where 230 or 235 is necessary. 
 +For PLA, 180C is suggested as a starting point. Speed of prints comes into play as well and I've gone as high as 220C on very high speed prints on Andrew'​s printer. 
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