3D Printing

Printing Techniques

Build Plate Preparations
There's a great video tutorial by Dr. Henry Thomas who demonstrations a great technique for preparing acrylic build plates for awesome prints. Wipe down the plate with a paper towel lightly dabbed in acetone. Use another paper towel and apply a tiny dab of olive oil. Wipe down the plate so a small film of oil is applied, this will allow the parts to come off the plate easier.

Live Level
We recommend going raft-less for each piece because it will have the best quality result. Each piece will require a well leveled platform. We tend to "live level" our prints, meaning we adjust the build plates thumb screws while the print is laying down filament. This way we can make adjustments directly and improve the leveling by seeing how the extruders are laying down the first layer onto the build plate. We recommend watching the first layer so that you get a more successful print. If you see the layers aren't sticking or getting knocked off, you can always cancel print, peel it off and try again.

Test for Tolerances

You will need to test your modifications to see if your components fit your enclosure. The bottom cover mount holes were laid out to fit most arduino PCBs, but you can easily change the design to support your choice of micro-controller. The frame was designed to fit a 2.1 power jack and a USB-A type port.

Filament Material

You can use PLA or ABS material, our design should work with most filament types. Choose your favorite color of filament to make your design unique to your project.
Frame
About 50 minutes
7g
PLA @230
No Raft
No Support
2.0 Layer Height
90/150mm/s
Top Cover
About 30 minutes
6g
PLA @230
No Raft
No Support
2.0 Layer Height
90/150mm/s
Bottom Cover
About 60 minutes
14g
PLA @230
No Raft
No Support
2.0 Layer Height
90/150mm/s
This guide was first published on Dec 28, 2013. It was last updated on Dec 28, 2013. This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Oct 22, 2019.