How To Print
1. Find a Model
There are several ways to find a model to print:
- Find a model on MakerBot Thingiverse. Select the Explore Thingiverse option on MakerBot Print and either browse through the hundreds of thousands of designs or search by keyword to find a model to print. Once you find a model you like, download the file(s) to your computer. Click Add Models in MakerBot Print and navigate to where the file(s) was/were saved on your computer. It will then appear on the virtual build plate.
- Design your own model. Save your model as one of the supported file types. Click on the Folder symbol in the top left corner and then click Add Models in MakerBot Print and navigate to where the file is saved on your computer. It will then appear on the virtual build plate.
SUPPORTED FILE TYPES:
Mac: MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl)
Windows: MakerBot (.makerbot), STL (.stl), SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm), InventorOBJ (.ipt, .iam), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP AP203/214 (.step, .stp), CATIA (.CATPart, .CATProduct), Wavefront Object(.obj), Unigraphics/NX (.prt), Solid Edge (.par, .asm), ProE/Creo (.prt, .prt., .asm, .asm.), VRML(.wrl), Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b)
Note: Users cannot import MakerBot (.makerbot) files.
2. Prepare Your Model
Once you have your model open in the virtual build plate you can change its orientation, scale it up or down, or even add another model to the virtual plate. See the section on Using MakerBot Print for more information.
You may also want to change some settings before printing. Click Print Settings and choose if you want to print with supports. You can also choose your print mode. See the section on advanced print settings for more information and other options.
3. Send the File to Your Printer
When your model is set up the way you like it, click the Print button.
If you're printing via USB cable, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi, MakerBot Print will slice your file and send it to your MakerBot Replicator Z18. When prompted, press the control panel dial or select Start Print in MakerBot Print to confirm and start the print. Make sure the build plate is clear.
- If you're printing via USB drive, click Export instead and save the file to your USB drive. Plug the stick into the port on the MakerBot Replicator and navigate to USB Storage on the control panel. Find your file and push the control panel dial to confirm and start the print.
In MakerBot Print, click the Estimates and Print Preview symbol to see:
- estimated print time
- estimated amount of filament your print will use
- a rendering of what your print will look like
1. Remove Your Print
When your print finishes, wait for the Smart Extruder+/Smart Extruder to cool, then remove the build plate from the MakerBot Replicator. Remove the print from the build plate. If you printed your model with a raft, peel the raft off of the bottom of the print.
2. Share On Thingiverse
If you are printing a model that was downloaded from Thingiverse, it’s nice to let the model’s designer know. You can go to your printed model’s Thingiverse page, then click I Made One. You’ll have the opportunity to upload photos of your print and add a description. When you’re ready, click Create to link your photos to the original design’s Thing page.