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HacDC's Cube 3D Printer.
Current Machine Status
The Cube is Operational and working well.
Model: 3D Systems Cube 2ND Generation
3D File Preparation
The cube uses proprietary slicer software to convert a ".stl" file to a ".cube" file which is what the cube printer understands.
- Power on the Laptop labelled "THE LAPTOP FOR THE CUBE"
- Open the "Cube Software"
- Import your .stl file
- Heal (This adapts to some specific Cubify thing??)
- Build (This will create the the .cube file in the same directory as the .stl file)
- Attach the USB Key labelled "CUBE FIRMWARE" to the laptop and copy the .cube file to it.
At this point a .cube file has been generated and you're ready to move on to the next step.
Powering on the Cube
- Make sure the USB Key “Cube Firmware” is plugged into the Cube (Need this to hack the activation and filament bypass)
- Make sure the power brick is plugged in all the way
- Press the button just below the screen (Screen should wake up)
- You're almost ready to print
Before You Start The Print!!
Make sure you have the following items:
- Elmer's Washable School Glue Stick (Purple Glue Stick)
- Tweezers (Need this to remove the extruder drippings just before the print starts)
Prep the Print Bed (IMPORTANT)
- Remove the glass build plate and wash/dry it in the sink
- Do a final clean using glass cleaner and a paper towel
- Use the glue stick to apply a thin layer of glue to the entire surface THOROUGHLY (This will allow you to remove what you've built)
- Reattach the build plate
Start the Print
- Navigate though the LCD menu and find the file you uploaded
- Select it and your print should start
- After about 10? seconds the print head will move to about 1/2" above the build plate
- It will now begin heating up the extruder.
- Use with the tweezers to remove any filament that comes out as it heats up the extruder for about 30? seconds.
- When the head starts moving again remove your hands and tweezers as it's about to start printing
- ... hurry up and wait as it prints ...
- Watch for stickage issues or if things start going horribly wrong. Especially if the print head starts smacking into hardened plastic etc.
- If you need to abort the job then do so.
Removing the Print from the Build Plate
You're almost done now it's time for the last step. Removing the print from the build plate.
- Fill a container (That will fit the part and build plate) with warm water from the sink (Takes a while but it does get warm)
- Put the build plate and the part in the warm water to let the Elmer's glue dissolve (Yup that was a very important step ;-)
- As the water works it's way into the glue you'll see it start to turn purple when you look though the glass build plate
- Be patient at it can take 30-35 minutes for large prints
- Every 5 min or so try to work the piece off the build plate but be careful as you don't want to break the part
- DONT USE METAL TOOLS TO REMOVE THE PART FROM THE GLASS (It will damage the glass :-(
- If you need to pry try a credit card or something equally as plastic.
The bed is pretty level/As level as it's going to get. Please don't adjust as it's very fiddly and will probably only get worse.
Z Axis Height Adjustment
Currently set at 1.57z. This should allow a piece of paper to slide freely underneath it without feeling like it's dragging.
Connecting to the Cube via Wifi
This works on occasion but your better off just transferring the .cube file to the usb key and printing via the LCD menu.
- Use the laptop next to the cube “The laptop for the cube”
- Wireless network is “Cube-00c9”
Hacks that Make This Thing Work
Firmware is hacked to ignore filament cartridge life (aka you can refill cartridges)
DON’T DO IT BECAUSE WE’LL LOSE THE HACK THAT KEEPS IT ACTIVATED AND LETS US REFILL THE FILAMENT.