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3D Printing: Verify & Review

Overview of ACC 3D Printing Services

Rules

Rule 1: Prints must be physically printable on the Lulzbot Taz 6.

  • Print space is  267 x 267 x 229mm, 10.5 x 10.5 x 9 inches

Rule 2: Submit only one project per request (a single project may contain multiple files).

  • If you need multiple copies, indicate that in the notes.
  • Submit separate requests for each project.

Rule 3: Print files require approval

  • All print files submitted must be approved by the library staff before printing. 
  • The library only accepts .stl files for printing.
  • Things to remember:
    • Submitted print settings can be changed at the discretion of the library staff.
    • The ability to print multiple copies is at the discretion of the library staff.
    • Any print job to last more than 10 hours is up to the discretion of the library staff. 

Cura for Lulzbot

Cura LulzBot Edition is the free software that we use for all of our printing.  It can be downloaded onto your own computer from http://www.lulzbot.com/cura.

Once you've done this basic setup, you can load your .stl file to preview the size, weight, and even time to print.

1) Select LulzBot TAZ 6 as the printer type.

2) Material Type is PolyLite PLA (Polymaker).

3) The Generate Support option is the biggest impact on weight.  If your print has any overhangs, you'll need to toggle this on to get an accurate weight estimate.

4) This will tell you the dimensions of your print (height x width x length).  STL files always load with mm as the unit, so verify that your print is the size you need.  If you want to change the size of your print, you can use the resize tool from the left hand column.

5) Print Weight will tell you how much material is needed to print.  The exact weight will depend on various settings, including the infill %, supports and support %, but size and design will make the most difference.

Extra Info: Use the Layer View option to switch from viewing the imported model to viewing a preview of how the item will actually be printed.  This is very useful for revealing potential issues with high detail areas and showing where support will be needed.  

Other Software