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Please read through all of the instructions listed below, before submitting your 3D print.

Have you read through all of the instructions, or have you printed with Maker Commons before?

This tutorial will take you through the process of preparing a 3D model to print using 3DprinterOS. The software has a lot of options available so we’ve simplified everything down and created some templates for you to work with. This tutorial will be using those settings rather than the more advanced options within the software. These settings are best for basic printing, however if you need access to more advanced settings, contact the Maker Commons and we can assist you with accessing those options.

To start, you will need to log in to 3DprinterOS.com. To do this, first go to the Maker Commons submission page. (Alternatively, you can go to the 3DPrinterOS homepage and sign in there if you’d prefer). When you do you will see the sign in options in the middle of the screen. Click the option for single sign on which will be marked SSO.

On this tab, scroll down and find Penn State University and click on the button.

This will then take you to the Penn State Web Access Log In screen where you can log in as you normally do with your access account.

Once you’ve logged in, you will be taken to your 3DPrinterOS account.

If you are printing for a designated class assignment and have a class code, follow the directions for printing with a class code before proceeding.

You will see the My Files page by default when you first log in. If you navigate elsewhere, return to this page by clicking My Files at the top of the page. You may need to click the My Projects button to see your previously uploaded files. 

You will notice that you will have several demo models already loaded into your account. These are examples 3DPrinterOS adds to your account when you sign up. You can always delete these files at a later time if you’d like.

To add your own file, go up to the top right hand corner of the screen and click the Add Files button.

A window will pop up allowing you to select your file. To do this, you can either drag and drop the file into the gray box, or click the Choose File button that appears in the middle of the screen.

Once your file has finished uploading, you will get a notice in the window that says your upload has been successful. You can then close out the window by clicking Save and Go To My Files at the bottom of the window

Now your file will appear in the list with the other examples files.

Now you will need to prepare the file to print. On the right hand side of the file, you will see three different actions that you can take. They are Repair, Layout, and Slice. To prepare the file to print, first we will need to choose the Layout action.

This will open a new window that will allow you to adjust how your model sits on the build plate of the printer. Within this window you will have the option to Move, Scale, or Rotate the object as you’d like.

While you can use any of the tools in this window, there are two that are of particular importance that you will want to check before you submit. They are the On Bed and Center tools that you will see on the right hand side of the window. First click the On Bed tool.

This will make sure your model is sitting flat on the printer and not hovering above or below the bed which could cause your print to fail. Next hit the Center button.

This will bring your model to the center of the build plate which helps to make sure nothing goes wrong during the print process. Once you’ve done this you can go ahead and hit the Save & Slice button at the top of the window.

This will bring up a new window that will allow you to set the physical print settings that your model will have.

The three main settings on here you can change are Layer Thickness, Shell Thickness, and Infill Percentage. To make things easy for you, we have pre-selected a profile that give you our recommended settings so you do not have to change anything on this screen. If you’d like to change these settings, please contact the Maker Commons and we can assist you in customizing these settings. Otherwise all you will need to do on this screen is hit the Slice & Toolpath Preview button.

This will convert the file to a Dremel print file and bring up a preview window that will allow you to see how your model will print as well as give you an estimate on how many grams you will use.

When you are finished looking at the preview, just his the Close  button at the top of the window.

When you do, 3DPrinterOS will kick you over the the My Projects folder on your account. Here you will see 3 files associated with your model. One is your original model, the second is your original model but with the layout changes that have been made. The final one is a .g3drem file. This will be the file that you will send to the printer.

On the right side of this file, you will now have two different actions that you can choose. They are Preview and Print. Clicking Preview will bring back the previous window that you just saw where you can see how your model will print and the amount of filament that will be used. To send your model to print, go ahead and click the Print button.

Now you will need to select which Queue you would like to add your model to. For personal Prints, select the Maker Commons Personal Submission Request Queue by clicking the orange button on the right hand side of the printer that says Queue. If your model is for a class, please select the Maker Commons Class Submission Request Queue.

Once you’ve selected a printer, the last step will to fill out a quick form that will get a few pieces of information from you. They will be your first and last name, your Penn State email address, and the campus that you will be picking the print up at. It’s important that you double check that this information is correct as it is used to label prints when they are picked up.

When you are finished, hit the orange Continue button. Once you do, a notice will pop up letting you know that you’ve successfully submitted a print.

This notice will tell you how much credit you have used. You can always see your balance by looking at the right hand corner of the 3DPrinterOS website.

All Ready to Get Printing?

Click the button below to submit your 3D print to the Maker Commons, using the instructions above.