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How to 3D Print with ideaMaker | Slicing Software Basics


Welcome to the ideaMaker basics guide. In this guide we’ll cover how to get started in preparing
your first prints using automatic presets. To begin, download the latest version of ideaMaker on
Raise3D.com After installation, you’ll be asked to select your printer model and version. ideaMaker will remember these settings
for future sessions. But if you ever need to reselect your printer type, simply do so under the ‘Printer’ dropdown in the software. 3D models can be created in a variety of
modeling softwares. To ensure your model is compatible with ideaMaker, save your file as an STL, OBJ, or 3MF. Import your 3D model using the ‘Add’ icon, or by dragging and dropping your file into the workspace. Inspect your model by clicking and dragging the workspace to view around the model. You can use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out. If you need to reposition the view position, click and hold the center scroll button to pan the workspace. Look for any large overhangs in your model.
If your model has these types of overhangs, we will need to add supports to prevent print failures. Left click your object and select the
‘Support’ icon in the top bar. A support structures menu will
appear. Select the ‘Create Auto Supports’ button to automatically add supports to the necessary areas. Press the Start icon to open the preset slicing templates. In the new popup verify that the selected printer information matches your printer model. In the filament section click the left
extruder dropdown to see the available materials. For single extrusion printing, the left nozzle
will be the primary default for printing. Select your desired material. In this case we will be using the 1.75mm PLA that is included with the printer. This material offers four different templates
for different quality finishes. Select your template based on your
desired outcome and click ‘Slice’. A new menu will appear when slicing is completed. Select ‘Preview’ to view your model
as it would appear printed. Then press ‘Export’ and save the sliced files onto the included USB drive. In ideaMaker, you may also upload directly to your printer if it is on the same network. Dual extrusion printing has many variables that can affect printing. For first time printing or troubleshooting use Raise3D PLA in both the left and right nozzles. Import your two STL files into the workspace. Select both models by holding shift and clicking, or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A, to select all. With both models selected, open the model menu and
select ‘Align Selected Models’. This will align your models to the coordinates that were used in your CAD software. If any supports are needed, it is recommended to add these manually to avoid supports overlapping with the model. In the support structures menu, select ‘Add’ under
manual supports. Click the location on the model that needs support to add a pillar. Enable the view mode and select the model that you would like to assign to the right nozzle. In the model info, menu specify the extruder. Remember that the colors used in the software are only used as visual aids, and do not represent the loaded filament colors. Verify that both models are set to
different extruders, then select the ‘Start’ button. Verify that the printer type matches your unit. Select the material type for each extruder
in the filament section. Select your template based on
your desired outcome and click ‘Slice’. When the file slicing is completed, select preview to view
your model as it would appear printed. Then, click export and save the file to your USB drive, or upload directly to your printer if it is on the same network via ideaMaker. To run your print file. Insert the USB through one of the available USB ports on the touchscreen. Select the ‘Print’ tab and open the USB storage to see the available files. Locate your saved file and select it. Verify your selected settings and press ‘Print’. The printer will automatically heat up to the proper temperature and begin printing. Once your file has started
printing, you are free to remove your USB.

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