Starting a Print

Once you send a job to the printer from 3D Sprint over your network, it will be added to the bottom of the Pending queue. Use the following instructions to begin printing the job.

Before Printing

Verify that the following items are all true:

  1. If the printer has been idle for greater than ten hours, the system must complete a pre-print maintenance routine when a new job is started. This routine will move fresh binder through the system to ensure optimal print quality and part strength. Please allow up to 30 minutes for the routine to complete after Step 5.
  2. The Roller and its components are fairly clean and free of powder build-up.
  3. The Printhead Station, particularly the Wiper, is clean and free of binder or powder build-up.
  4. The Reclaim Bin is empty, and the Waste Bottle is less than halfway full. You can check the ingredient levels in each without removing them from the machine, as both are translucent. If either container must be emptied during a build, it is best to pause the print job to do so.
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Begin Printing

  1. On the touch screen, go to the Queue and swipe left on the print job you just sent. If there is no job currently printing, tap the Start button to begin printing the job. If there is a job currently printing, this button will not be available.

TIP: Alternatively, you may use the "up" arrow to promote the job to the top of the queue. The job will then be available to start printing from the "Home" screen.

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  1. The printer will now check the positions of the Feed Platform and Build Platform. If either is not correct, the touch screen will prompt you to move it by going to the Controls screen. The Controls screen will take a moment to initialize, during which all buttons will be grayed out; do not open the printer hood until these buttons are active. However, at this point, the Controls screen will be a little different than seen previously. The image below shows a breakdown. When all screen conditions are satisfied, the START PRINTING text will turn blue. Tap it to continue.

TIP: The screen in Step 3 will check if you have performed at least one spread. It is best to perform one spread while on the Controls screen in anticipation of this check.

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A The red text indicates that the Feed Platform must be moved down. The text will change to green when the correct level has been set. See the section Load Powder in Feed Bin for more information.
B The green text indicates that the Build Platform is high enough to accommodate the pending print job. Red text would indicate that the platform is not starting high enough. See the section Spread Powder in Build Bin for more information.
C When this section is blue, the printer is expecting powder to be in the bin at this level. If it is not, you must ensure the bin is filled to the top when the Platform level gets to the dotted line (D). This function is the same on the Build-Bin side.
D The dotted line indicates where the Platform must be moved to for printing to start. This function is the same on the Build-Bin side.
  1. The printer will now check if you have performed at least one powder spread with the Roller. This could have been in Step 2, above, or if you performed a spread outside of the printing process. If you have not performed a spread, the touch screen will go back to the Controls screen from Step 2, where you will need to perform at least one spread to continue.
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  1. The printer will now ask you to check the binder level in all tanks. Ensure that all tanks are installed, and filled at least half-way. Tap Continue. See the section Fill Binder Tanks for more information.
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  1. If the printer Hood is closed, the print job will begin preparing. If you have not closed the Hood, do so now.
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  1. The printer will now spread base layers on which to print, and then purge/clean the printhead. The print job cannot be canceled during spreading.

Your print job has now started! Please see the Post-Processing Guide for steps to take after part building has completed.

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