TinkerMill has a variety of 3D printers available for your use. Some require additional training for use (SLA printers), but general-purpose plastic printers can be used by anyone.
- 1 FDM Printing
- 2 SLA Printing
Quick Start Guide
If you want to get printing right away, you can use one of the Dell laptops in the printing area. The software that's preferred for slicing and printer control is Simplify3D.
Simply import your desired STL(s), select a profile for printing (the default is JV_FFCP2). After the part is sliced, you can either print directly to either of the CreaterPro printers, or export the gcode to an SD card. There are several on the bench for your use, please do not take the SD cards home.
It is ideal if you can stay around to watch a print, however, unlike most machines in TinkerMill, the 3D printers may be ran unsupervised as prints can take many hours to complete. In these circumstances, please leave a note on the machine with your name and telephone number and make every effort to retrieve the parts when the print is complete. Unattended parts will be discarded.
Plastics cost about $0.10 per gram. There are two small AWS scales for weighing completed prints and print attempts. There is a jar where users are expected to donate money for all attempted prints.
Please allow parts to cool for about 15 minutes once a print is complete. It will be easier to remove once cooled.
FlashForge Creator Pro (FFCP)
There are two of these printers available for use. These are dual-extruder machines and there are laptops available for slicing/printing.
The manual for this printer can be found at the following link: www.flashforge-usa.com
Additional guidance on using the FFCP.