First Steps to Setting up Printer
- Install Cura version 15.04.4 clicking on the large red "Required Download" box at the Printrbot website: http://printrbot.com/project/play/
- Extract the zip files ( we recommend to your Desktop for easy finding )
- Open the Printrbot Getting Started Folder - Play 160225” folder (attention MAC COMPUTER users: open the “_MACOSX” folder instead
- Run the installation for the included Cura_15.04.4 software
- Connect printer to your computer using provided USB cable.
- Plug in printer to power outlet. 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.
Start a Print
- Read the “Getting Started with your First Print (Printrbot instructions)” guide, download link to the left
- install filament if necessary, according to the guide instructions
- Open Cura and import an .stl 3D model file. There is an sample model called 3mmBox in the downloaded files that you can use to test the printer.
- Always use 215 degrees for printing.
Loading Model and Filament
- Resize and rotate model until it is the size/print time that you need and that the flattest portion is on the build plate.
- Click on print and the printer interface window will open.
- 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.
- Click on extrude repeatedly (8+) until the filament is the correct color and extruding easily.
- Put or replace blue tape on bed. Tape can be reused but should be smooth.
- Select raft or brim and supports if needed in main window.
- Click print in pronterface window.
- If model print fails, stop job in pronterface window.
NOTE: Leaving the printer idling with filament loaded in the print head, might cause the printer to clog. Please remove filament from print head and cool down nozzle (or turn off printer) when not printing a model.