Tech Tips: 5 Essential Rules


Tech Tips: 5 Essential Rules

Tech Tips

  1. Calibrate the print bed before every print.
  2. Wash off the print bed with pure, warm water and dry it clean with lint free towels.
  3. Always remember to use Elmer’s glue before printing.
  4. Know when to use the brim option or supports.
  5. Optimize your print angle.

1.Calibrate the print bed before every print

From Markforged, this is the single most important factor in making a successful part with the Mark Two. Before every print, it is essential to balance the build plate against the printheads to guarantee accuracy.
Find more information about leveling the print bed here.

2. Wash off the print bed with pure, warm water and dry it clean with lint free towels

After leveling, according to Markforged, this is the second most important way to improve accuracy in prints.  Make sure to use warm water only, no soap and dry completely with a lint free cloth.

3. Always remember to use Elmer’s glue before printing

Elmer’s glue is so essential to ensuring your parts do not peel off the build plate during printing.  This step is critical and by applying a thin layer of Elmer’s glue to the build plate. Not only does it prevent from peeling, warping or curling but also keeping the print stationary during the print.

4. Know when to use the brim option or supports

Using the Eiger software you can secure your prints by adding a brim layer, don’t assume your print will be able to stay standing.  Take into consideration when the brim is needed.

5. Optimize your print angle

Often an overlooked rule, but by orienting your print so the largest, thickest side of the print is facet near the build plate and the rest of the print builds up the z-axis can opt for a better print build.  This will give your print the best chance for success and require the less supports.

For successful prints every time, it’s important to follow these simple tips. Getting the most of your printer and printing experience will benefit you long term, by minimizing errors or print errors that cause delays.

Another way to get the most of your 3D printer and optimize material usage is designing for plastic 3D printing. In this blog post, it helps to learn ways to efficiently design your parts to save on supports, material usage and the speed of the print.

Optimize your 3D printing experience

Request a demonstration of Markforged Eiger software, learn how to design to minimize print time and materials while maximizing output.

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