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Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

Hi Lads, (Where are all the lady printers :???: )

So, veteran users....I am about to unbox the u2 beast either tonight or tomorrow. Having never touched a 3D printer before I am a little nervous. Reading some threads on this forum can make one even more nervous :shock:

But... now that you are more experienced and wise, & knowing what you know now, but didn't "back then"... What Tips & Tricks would you offer us Noob users to get a successful print straight out of the box ?

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Thanks

Wayne

 

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    When you first start the printer it will guide you through your first print, no need to be scared :) Just carefully read what it says on the screen and do things carefully, you'll do just fine. Also remember that you always learn more by failing ;)

     

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    You have to get levelling right so don't expect first print to be perfect. It's a trial and error thing. Don't think of it as "I want the first print perfect". Think of it as, "the first print will tell me what to adjust to make the next print better".

     

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    I will take some unboxing photo`s later, but they will all be bluuurrrrdd from my nervous shaking hands lol. I`m hoping that my sweet little U2 robot comes out perfectly and the impressions are all good!

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Sorry gr5 but i would not agree, leveling the print bed is not that complicated with Ultimaker 2

     

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    Also: Start simple... Your first print (your first many prints actually) shouldn't be some fancy dragon or complex architectual structure... Go with the Ultimaker robot, or even just a cube

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    The robot is printing Right Now arrghh...crossing my fingers ( I admit it, first try I aborted haha )

    too much glue on the bed I think... now its a bit messy. What do you use to clean it off?

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Just warm water and a towel.

    For a small print like a robot, or most PLA prints for that matter, you don't really need glue.

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Thanks Sander!. Im gonna let the little fella finish of to see what he turns out like. Theres a bit of " offlift " on one corner, not too bad. but so far so good !

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    I think the default bed temp for PLA is 75C which I found to be too high. 70C is much better.

    75C often results in lifted corners.

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    leveling the print bed is not that complicated with Ultimaker 2

     

    Yet people sometimes rush it on their very first print. This is just one of 30 things that one may have to tweak to get a better print. Like bed temp.

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Thanks for the bed temp tip ! Ive not even looked at settings anywhere yet, but I did level the bed three times before going into the first print.

    10 minutes for mr robot to finish. Looks OK. Bit of underhanging, one slightly lifted corner. I need to buy silver..blue doesnt suit him :p

    http://imageshack.com/a/img24/1377/uuc5.jpg

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Are all 3 fans working on the print head?

     

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    edit... ok I see two fans and they are both working fine. Where is the 3rd :shock: lol

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Two on the side and one "inside" the print head, towards the back. It should turn on and keep being on as soon as you flip the power switch. I'm assuming gr5 only mentioned it because there have been quite a few cases where the connectors for the fans have become disconnected in shipping (either slipping apart or one of the pins inside the connector not being held in properly) or connected incorrectly.

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Thanks IRobertI

    Yes I found the third one eventually... its working nicely. I`ve gone back to bed levelling ( I think I had it slightly too close ) and printing the Tesla? print, still getting lifting corners. The bed temp suggested by gr5 I will test next.

    Is it normal behaviour to sit waiting. staring at the printer without blinking.... like an excited child waiting for Santa and staring at the chimney lol

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Personally I like 60C, brim and if needed glue stick (depends on the plastic and type of print). Smear it on lightly and then use a wet/damp cloth to dissolve and spread it out. As the bed heats up the water evaporates and you're left with a thin film of glue that you can barely see.

    Yes, it's normal, and no, I wont tell you how many hours I've done that ;)

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Lol IRobertI...I dread to think how many hours you have ! I'm already upto 3 haha.

    Have printed 3 objects now ( all of which came on the supplied SD card ). Each print, with a bit of tinkering has came out slightly better than the last.

    Alas, it's time I went to sleep. Looking forward to a few hours of play time tomorrow....oh and I gotta start learning cura ;/

    Over & Out

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Thats what I love to hear... another clevery young mans life..... RUINED... by the brilliance of an ultimaker2...

    Kiss your romantic relationships good bye baby !!!!

    Sweety... im wearing that sexy number you got me for Christmas... what ya think ????

    Did I not say I need 5!!!! minutes......... Cura temp settings... yes... tick.......

    Ian ;-) HEHEHE LOL

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Is it normal behaviour to sit waiting. staring at the printer without blinking.... like an excited child waiting for Santa and staring at the chimney lol

     

    As you mature it will be a calming experience like watching a fire. :)

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Haha, Ian... it seems no matter what us "blokes" get upto there`s never enough time for the romantic lady. Play on the xbox = Do the washing up!! Play golf = Where have you been for 6 hours ??

    Now its going to be " Lets go out for dinner darling ".. NO, I`m waiting for the printer to finish... only 4 hours left !! LOL

    And gr5, the calming fire and a glass of red sounds right up my street lol.

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Have printed 3 objects now ( all of which came on the supplied SD card ). Each print, with a bit of tinkering has came out slightly better than the last.

     

    The included SD card has more prints than Ultimaker robot?

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Mine had 5-6 IIRC. Not sure though as I wiped them out pretty quick.

     

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    Posted · First Print ... Straight out of the box ?

    Sniper, yeah it has 5 or 6 different object. All pretty simple and small for testing purposes probably.

     

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