3D Printing

We have 3x Prusa i3 MK3S+ and 3x Prusa MINI+ 3D printers that use the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) / Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process similar to a hot glue gun.

About the Prusa 3D printers

We operate a number of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers.

These printers can be used with Prusa Sli3r or Ultimaker Cura, the printers are configured with Octoprint which allows network control, meaning using Ultimaker Cura integrates nicely.

All three printers use 1.75mm filament, we only allow the use of plain PLA filament in our machines, filament with flakes of metal, glitter, or other materials can damage the machine and we don't allow these to be used. We only allow PLA due to fumes caused by other types of filament.

Within reason there is no cost to using the 3D printer, we provide black and white filament as standard and some other colours may be available from other projects.

If you are going to 3D print, ensure you read this Io3DP-Cheat-Sheet.pdf and also check out the guide to perfect 3D printing problem solving here: The Ultimate 3D Print Quality Troubleshooting Guide 2019

You can monitor the printers from the link at the top of #technical on Slack, when on the UAL-Wifi network.

Here is the basic workflow to 3D print:

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Changing the filament

Step 1

Pass the filament thorugh the small holes on the side of filament rolls. This is to prevent tangling.