How to Update Firmware in the Gen6 and RAMBo Circuit Boards Using Arduino

How to Update Firmware in the Gen6 and RAMBo Circuit Boards Using Arduino

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in | 0 comments

Periodically Airwolf updates the firmware in the 5.5 and XL machines to take advantage of faster and more accurate control algorithms as well as to enhance the user experience. The 5.5 uses a bulletproof Gen6 circuit board while the XL uses an equally strong, feature-laden RAMBo circuit board from Ultimachine.  The Gen6 uses Repetier-based firmware (with custom settings) while the RAMBo board uses Marlin-based firmware (also with custom settings).  Updating the firmware for...

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How to slice your STL files in Repetier Host with Slic3r

How to slice your STL files in Repetier Host with Slic3r

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in | 0 comments

Once you upgrade your host software to Repetier Host, you need to learn how to slice your STL in Repetier Host (rather than downloading and opening up Slic3r independently).  Here are the easy steps to get you slicing in no time: 1. With Repetier Host open, click the “Slicer” tab on the right hand side of the screen: 2. Click “Configure” (for Slic3r, not Skeinforge) and Slic3r will open in a few moments: 3.  With Slic3r open, navigate to File,...

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Coating ABS parts with clear reactive polymer

Coating ABS parts with clear reactive polymer

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in | 0 comments

Creative coating for your 3D printed objects   Have you ever wanted to coat your creations with a tough but simple solution that will protect from the sun and other elements?  This is the solution we have discovered that works and is inexpensive. First you will need a few items. 1)      A pair of rubber gloves to protect your fingers from the pour-on. 2)      Small cups for mixing. You can get them from the grocery store. Plastic cups will work fine. 3)      A paint brush...

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Installing unsigned Gen6 and RAMBo Drivers for Windows 8

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in | 0 comments

Windows 8 by default will not let you install unsigned drivers.  This means that a Windows 8 computer will not recognize either the AW3D v.5.5 Gen6 board or AW3D XL RAMBo board unless you follow the steps shown below to start Windows 8 in “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” mode: 1. Move the cursor over the top or bottom right corner or the screen and it will show extra options on the right side of the screen and click the settings button: 2. Click...

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Airwolf 3D Printer Configurations for Repetier Host

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in | 0 comments

Once you become familiar with your 3D printer and slicing, we highly recommend that you upgrade your host software from Pronterface to Repetier Host.  The reasons are simple, more control of prints (speed and flow rate), easy object manipulation and scaling, and easy integrated slicing.  Here are the steps to download and setup Repetier Host for your Airwolf 3d printer: First, download Repetier Host here: http://www.repetier.com/download/.  Download the latest version so...

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Troubleshooting Jammed Hot End

Troubleshooting Jammed Hot End

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in | 0 comments

The most important part of your 3d printer is the hot end, and at times…the most frustrating!  Rest assured that we have gone to great lengths to make the best hot end in the industry and that we have logged thousands of hours on these hot ends to test their durability.  Also rest assured that once you get the hang of it, you should be able to just about completely remove the threat of a jam. With that said, this is still a new technology To see the full content,...

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Slicing 101 Effects of Layer Height on 3D Printed Parts

Slicing 101 Effects of Layer Height on 3D Printed Parts

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in | 0 comments

  3D Printing Curvy Parts There are many ways to attack a new model.  Here is a prime example that is tricky if you are just getting started-”Dino Dude!” Dino Dude is tricky because he has a lot of curves as well as small and large area layers.  You need to know things like “cooling,” large and small perimeter speeds, and infill % and infill speeds (all defaults provided in the Airwolf Slic3r config files). Below is a photograph depicting Dino...

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How to Create a 3D Object in SketchUp for 3D Printing

How to Create a 3D Object in SketchUp for 3D Printing

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in | 0 comments

Start by opening Google SketchUp: Make sure that the appropriate toolbars are open (Large Tool Set, Views, and Large Buttons): Select the roof of the “house” in the upper toolbar to have an overhead view of the sketch pad: Set the Camera to “Parallel Projection” (this will make it easier to draw your object because everything will tend To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below...

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Belt Tensioning – Periodic 3D Printer Maintenance

Belt Tensioning – Periodic 3D Printer Maintenance

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in | 0 comments

Belt tension is important to ensure optimal printing.  Theoretically, the belts will not need to be retensioned, but after shipping or adjustments, it’s good practice to recheck tension. Belt on the Y Axis On the Y axis, move the plate all the way to the back of the machine so that it contacts the Y axis microswitch.  Now, flick the belt.  You should hear a deep, cello-type frequency. If the belt is too loose, loosen the 13mm nuts that hold the threaded and smooth...

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Adjusting Height on Your Airwolf 3D Printer V.5

Adjusting Height on Your Airwolf 3D Printer V.5

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in | 0 comments

Height adjustments are something that you will need to become familiar with.  Although under ideal circumstances, they should not be necessary, differing thickness between glass pieces, differing coatings on the glass, environmental, and transportation considerations dictate that first layer height should be carefully considered between every print. After making sure the bed is level, adjusting the height of the first layer is one of the most important adjustments you can...

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How to Import an STL File into SketchUp

How to Import an STL File into SketchUp

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in | 0 comments

You may want an STL importer plugin for SketchUp if you plan to edit STL files from other computer aided drafting software, such as CAD, Solidworks, etc.  Here is how we do it: If using the new Sketchup Make 2014, follow these instructions: STL IMPORTER/EXPORTER: In order to export a file from Sketchup for 3D printing, we must be able to export STL files. We need to install a plugin for this. In the top menu, go to “Window.” Click on “Extension Warehouse.”  A new window...

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Manifolded Edges – How to Check if Your Model is Watertight and Ready to 3D Print

Manifolded Edges – How to Check if Your Model is Watertight and Ready to 3D Print

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in | 0 comments

So you have a nifty model that you want to 3D print.  You may have designed it yourself, or  maybe you are doing a favor for a friend, or perhaps you downloaded the STL file from Thingiverse.   However, when you went to slice the STL file to generate your gCode, an error came up.  The answer is that in order to 3D print the model well, it needs to be completely manifold or “watertight.” What is manifold?  Think of it in these terms, if you were to fill the walls...

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How to Convert and Export Google SketchUp SKP Files to STL for 3D Printing

How to Convert and Export Google SketchUp SKP Files to STL for 3D Printing

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in | 0 comments

So you designed a nice model in Google SketchUp and you want to make it on your Airwolf 3D printer. Here is the preferred way to export models from SketchUp in STL format: You will need an STL “exporter” plug in for SketchUp.  Here is a link to a free exporter: http://www.guitar-list.com/download-software/convert-sketchup-skp-files-dxf-or-stl .  This nifty little plugin will enable you to export your model in STL format.  At this site you can download the plugin...

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