3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the process of transforming a digital 3D model into an actual 3D object. By laying down layer upon layer of ABS (the plastic found in Legos) or PLA (an eco friendly plastic) filament, Bukobot translates the 3D model, from digital files available on the web or created with 3D software, into a tangible, 3D object.
Additive manufacturing has been around since the 1980s, but, in the past, was used mostly by engineers and designers for prototyping purposes, before relying on traditional manufacturing techniques, such as injection molding, for the mass production of their designs. Recently, however, 3D printers have become more affordable for small businesses and consumers thanks to independent hobbyists. The community behind theRepRap open source 3D printer, in particular, fueled this growing trend by allowing the designs of the RepRap to be available online for free, promoting shared innovation and improvement of printer designs.
This section is only required if you plan to print directly from your computer. The following drivers and software is not needed for printing with a microSD card.
First download and install the Arduino software v1.6.6 from Arduino.cc.
Next, download and install the Teensyduino software from PJRC.com. Install in the Arduino folder. If the “Next” button is greyed out during install, first make sure that the Arduino version is supported by the Teensyduino version, and then make sure that you are selecting the correct folder.
For both cases make sure to install the one that is right for your operating system and follow their online instructions. Also as a good practice, anytime you install drivers it is also a good idea to then restart your machine.
Both of these drivers need to be installed if you are planning on using Repetier Host.
There are a few options for controlling the printer. When drivers are installed and everything is connected, it is possible to print directly from Cura by left clicking the same button we used to save the Gcode (once again only when everything is installed and connected).
There is the Repetier Host option. We primarily use this to run a print directly from the computer. We also use this when we want to “jog” the axis or preheat the nozzle for a “nylon clean.”
There are two methods of leveling your platform.
2) Using Repetier Host and your computer