3D Printers

TazPrintRobot Garden has a set of 3D printers available for members to use and a series of classes to help you learn how to safely and effectively use them. If you have never seen a 3D printer in action before, this is a great way to start.

Pre-class homework

Before taking any of the 3D printer classes, please visit Dynamism’s guide to 3D printing and watch the videos. This will give you a lot of background on the technology which is required for the class.

Your First Print, Class 1:  Taz 5

  1. If you are new to 3D printing, start with this class before moving on to the more advanced printers.                                                               TAZ_5_Transparent_Front_0
  2.  Download the Safety & Basic Use (SBU) Handout & Intro Octoprint.
  3. Taz 5 User Manual & Quick Start Guide.
  4. Please check our meetup page to see when the next class is scheduled.

Class 2: Rostock Max

Rostock MAX 3D printer The Rostock Max printer is a more advanced FDM printer.  It can print larger parts, it uses PLA only (see the Dynamism guide for details on the difference).

  1. Before taking the Rostock SBU you must have taken the Taz 5 SBU
  2. Please check our meetup page to see when the next class is scheduled.
  3. Rostock Max rules
  4. Rostock Wiki

Class 3: Form One

Form One 3D printer The Form One is a resin printer that can produce extremely detailed parts.

  1. Because the resin for the Form One is so expensive, there is a per use fee for using the printer.
  2. Before taking the Form One SBU you must have taken the Afinia SBU.
  3. Watch the training video before coming to Robot Garden for checkout on the printer.
  4. Please check our meetup page to see when the next class is scheduled.
  5. Form One rules

3D Printer Rules of Use

General printer rules:

  1. Be excellent to each other:
    1. On the 3D printer this means taking the best care of the machine you know how and if you are unsure of how to do something properly, ask.
    2. Please try to coordinate with other users so everyone has access to the printer, if you have a long job, let someone with a short job use the printer first.
  2. You must have taken the SBU for a specific printer before using it.
  3. When your job has finished, properly shut down the printer.
  4. Do not shut down, reboot or suspend a computer connected to a printer while it is printing.
  5. When starting a long print job:
    1. You must supervise the printer at least until the first 2 layers of your part (not the raft) have successfully completed.
    2. If possible, check back on the print job regularly and stop the machine immediately if you notice anything amiss.
    3. Note the expected completion time of the print job and come unload your part as close to that time as possible.

Taz 5 specific information and rules:

  1. Only print using Octoprint.   If printing using Octoprint is not possible, load the code on the SD and print manually.  See a Marshal for details.

Rostock Max specific rules:

  1. The Rostock Max printer may only be used with Robot Garden Steward approved PLA filament (no ABS).

Form One specific rules:

  1. The Form One printer may only be used with Robot Garden Steward approved resin.

Retired July 2016: Afinia

Afinia 3D printerAfter many years of faithful service we have decide to retire our Afinia printer.

  1. Download the class reference handout
  2. Afinia 3D printer user guides
  3. Please check our meetup page to see when the next class is scheduled.
  4. Afinia rules

Afinia specific information and rules:

  1. The Afinia printer may only be used with Robot Garden Steward approved ABS plastic filament (no PLA).
  2. Do not use “fast” mode unless you will be supervising the printer the entire time.