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3D Printing at the UF Libraries: Printrbot Play

You can now print out an object in 3D at Marston Science Library, Education Library, or Health Science Center Library.

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What's Included in the Box

Printrbot Play in case

Power cable

USB cable

Laminated sheet

Blue tape

Students get a 225 gram spool of white filament until supply runs out.

How to use the Printrbot Play 3D Printers

​First Steps to Setting up Printer

  1. Install Cura using download link to the left.
  2. Connect printer to your computer using provided USB cable.
  3. Plug in printer.  The printer is now turned on and you can verify by looking for a little green light near the micro SD card slot on the side.  There is no power switch so you will need to pull the power cable to turn off the printer.
  4. Open Cura and import an .stl 3D model file.  Need a 3D model, look at Thingiverse.com or download this model: Mr. Alligator.
  5. Install printer profile.  ...
  6. Change print temperature to 215 degrees C.
  7. Change to pronterface ...

Loading Model and Filament

  1. Resize and rotate model until it is the size/print time that you need and that the flattest portion is on the build plate.  
  2. Click on print and the printer interface window will open.
  3. Load PLA filament by heating up the printer to 215 degrees C.  Wait until the temperature stabilizes and then feed into the small opening right above the "pb" lettering.
  4. Click on extrude repeatedly (8+) until the filament is the correct color and extruding easily.
  5. Put or replace blue tape on bed.  Tape can be reused but should be smooth.
  6. Select raft or brim and supports if needed in main window.
  7. Click print in pronterface window.
  8. If model print fails, stop job in pronterface window.

Troubleshooting and Printing Tips

  1. The printer isn't recognized by my computer.
    1. Make sure that the USB cable is connected between the printer and computer.
    2. If using Windows, you may need to install a driver.  Install the driver in the set of links to the left.
    3. Turn off and on the printer.
  2. The printer doesn't extrude.
    1. Check the temperature and make sure that the printer is heating up to 215.  
    2. Make sure that the filament is PLA.  Do NOT use any other type of plastic in this printer.
  3. The model doesn't stick to the build plate.
  4. Replace blue tape.
    1. Add a brim to the model.
  5. The printer doesn't home correctly.
  6. The filament keeps on breaking.
  7. I want to print using a color other than white!
  8. What paints and glue should I use?
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