Introduction: 30 Min Intro Project Elon Maker Hub

This Instructable gives you a great starting point in 3D printing. Today we will show you the basics of how to make an object on Tinkercad and then export your object to Simplify3D to get it ready to print. And remember through out this tutorial: it's never a bad thing to ask for help. We have staff at both locations of the Elon Maker Hub that would be glad to help you.

Step 1: Finding a Project

At the Elon Maker Hub, we recognize that there is a large community behind 3D printing that has already made great instructions. There are a bunch of great projects on Tinkercad (clickable). I recommend the gear (near the bottom of the list) or the number die (top to middle of the page). Find a project you like, but realize the taller and more complex ones will take longer to design and print. Go ahead and go through the tutorial once you have decided on one. Once done, head on to the next step.

Step 2: Export Your Object From Tinkercad

  1. Click on the Export button on the top right (Arrows will be on pictures to point out important things)
  2. Click on the Download tab
    1. Click on .STL type
  3. Click on the file once it is finished downloading at the bottom of the Chrome

Step 3: Using Simplify3D With Your Object

  1. If there are any other objects in Simplify3D you can go to [1] and delete the others.
    1. If you double click your object you will see the model options detailed below.
  2. At [1] you can change the position of your object on the workspace. This will also change where it prints on the platform.
    1. At [2], you can make the object smaller or larger, or change individual axis sizes by unchecking "Uniform Scaling."
    2. At [3], you can change the rotation of your object if you want to lay it on it's side to print.
  3. The tools you will most likely use are shown here. Move will let you freely move your object on the workspace. Scale will let you freely change the scale on the workspace. Camera controls have set positions that are useful but you can also use your left clock to rotate around the object and left click to move the camera on a flat plane.
  4. Click on "Edit Process Settings".
  5. Use "F306_PLA" [1] from the drop down menu if you want to print on the Fusion printer (the open one).
    1. The infill percent [2] is the support inside the object. We recommend using between 15-20%. Smaller objects will need less.
  6. Use "Raise3D N2 Dual" if you are printing on the N2 (closed in) printers.
    1. You can change the infill the same way as on the Fusion.
    2. You can select which extruder you want to use depending on what colors are in. (Note: Colors options will not be an option in the future)
  7. Click "Prepare to Print"

Step 4: Prepare the Print

  1. Grab one of these out of an open printer.
  2. At the top you can see an estimation on how long it will take to print. Add around 5 minutes onto this for heating. At the bottom you hit "Save Toolpath to Disk"
  3. Make sure to select the USB or SD card in the file explorer. Name it something you will recognize.
  4. When you see the success message at the bottom you will be ready to print.

Step 5: At the Printer (Fusion)

  1. Here is where the SD card goes in the Fusion.
  2. Click the button once to get into the menu.
  3. Scroll down on the button [2] to "Card Menu" [1].
  4. Scroll all the way down. The most recent files are at the bottom.
  5. Click your file and you should be shown this screen with details relating to the printer status and your print. You should be set.

Step 6: At the Printer (N2)

  1. The USB stick goes in the N2 here.
  2. On the N2 screen, click print.
  3. The most recent files are at the top. Click on your file.
  4. Details about your print will be brought up. Click print.
  5. Details about printer status and the print will be on screen. You should be set.