Once you have BuildFlow set up and you have logged into your account, you will be able to run your first 3D print!
Choosing a model
Firstly, you need to choose what you would like to print. This may be something you have created yourself in a program like TinkerCAD, a model that you downloaded from the Internet or one of our featured models in BuildFlow.
Before you print, you might want to check these few things:
- Double check the size of any model that have made or downloaded
- Make sure its oriented the right way
- Make sure there isn't any random floating objects
- Make sure it isn't too detailed
- Identify whether the model has any overhangs that may need support
Once you have confirmed that your model is printable, you can upload it to BuildFlow using the upload button.
Selecting a printer
Once you have confirmed the model you wish to print, you must select the printer you want to use. If you have more than one printer, they will all appear as a list. Select a printer that is labelled as 'Ready'.
Selecting a material preset
First, identify what kind of filament you are using by finding the information sticker on the roll.
Click on the preset that corresponds to the type of filament you have loaded into the printer.
Selecting a model preset
Think about the object you are printing and consider the following things:
- Do you want it to be solid or hollow?
- Does the model need to be strong?
- Does the model have a lot of small or detailed features?
- Does the model have any overhangs that require support material?
- Would a raft help the model stick a bit better?
After reading the description of each model preset, decide which one would be the best for the purpose of the print.
You will be presented with two check boxes that must be ticked to continue. Since it is possible to print remotely, it is important to make sure that there isn't anything already on the bed and that there is filament loaded into the printer. Running a print without checking this first may end up causing damage to the printer.
At the print stage, you can review the settings you have chosen and if you are happy with everything, click print!