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The MB has either an Automated Build Platform (ABP) or just a Heated Build Platform (HBP).  It is currently set up with the static HBP because of warping on the ABP belt, issues with the electrical connectors, and slop in the positioning.  Until those are addressed, please leave the HBP in place.
 
The MB has either an Automated Build Platform (ABP) or just a Heated Build Platform (HBP).  It is currently set up with the static HBP because of warping on the ABP belt, issues with the electrical connectors, and slop in the positioning.  Until those are addressed, please leave the HBP in place.
 
| Owner = i3 Detroit
 
| Owner = i3 Detroit
| StorageLocation = Tell people where to find it, and where to put it away.
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| StorageLocation = In the Fab Lab.
 
| MakeModel = Makerbot CupCake
 
| MakeModel = Makerbot CupCake
 
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| LooksLike = [[File:Makerbot.jpg|100px]]
 
| LooksLike = [[File:Makerbot.jpg|100px]]
 
| Rules =
 
| Rules =
You should get a walk-through on this machine prior to using it.  Our MakerBot is a standard build, but there are some options you should know about, you need to have the right software configuration, and it has some quirks.  Contact Roger for more information.
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You should get a walk-through on this machine prior to using it.  Our MakerBot is a standard build, but there are some options you should know about, you need to have the right software configuration, and it has some quirks.  Contact Mattfor more information.
 
| Instructions =
 
| Instructions =
 
A detailed recap of the operating instructions is beyond the scope of this page.  Please get an introduction to the i3 Detroit machine, and read up on the online documentation.
 
A detailed recap of the operating instructions is beyond the scope of this page.  Please get an introduction to the i3 Detroit machine, and read up on the online documentation.
 
[http://wiki.makerbot.com/how-to-print How to Print on the MakerBot website]
 
[http://wiki.makerbot.com/how-to-print How to Print on the MakerBot website]
  
When you're ready to start, load this software on your computer, preferably a laptop since you'll need it to drive the CupCake: [http://replicat.org/ ReplicatorG]
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Here is the list of software you will need:
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* [Java Runtime|http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javasebusiness/downloads/java-archive-downloads-javase6-419409.html#jre-6u32-oth-JPR] NOTE: JRE6 is recommended, Java7 is untested. NOTE 2: Linux users, note that Oracle Java is necessary, as OpenJava doesn't work properly with RepG.
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* [Python 2.7.3|http://python.org/download/] NOTE: I haven't tested with Python 3.
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* [ReplicatorG|http://replicat.org] As of 2012.07.01 verson 37 is working fine with the cupCake.
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====Connecting to the MakerBot (MB)====
 
====Connecting to the MakerBot (MB)====
 
Once you've got ReplicatorG (RG) loaded and running, power up the CupCake (MB) and plug the USB cable from it into a free port on your computer.  Click on Machine>Driver and choose either the Cupcake w/ Automated Build Platform or CupCake w/ Heated Build Platform.  Then click Machine>Serial Port and look for the port that was assigned to the MB.  Note that you may have to use the Rescan feature.
 
Once you've got ReplicatorG (RG) loaded and running, power up the CupCake (MB) and plug the USB cable from it into a free port on your computer.  Click on Machine>Driver and choose either the Cupcake w/ Automated Build Platform or CupCake w/ Heated Build Platform.  Then click Machine>Serial Port and look for the port that was assigned to the MB.  Note that you may have to use the Rescan feature.
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[http://www.thingiverse.com Thingiverse - a place with designs contributed by other people]
 
[http://www.thingiverse.com Thingiverse - a place with designs contributed by other people]
 
| MaintenanceInfo =
 
| MaintenanceInfo =
2012.05.25/Matt
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2012.07.01: Makerbot is running very well on RepG-37. I'll publish my settings file soon so others can use my known good settings.
* Worked on the power supply, the original supply ("GREEN" brand) seems to be working again with no indication of problems. Reconnected that power supply and ran all evening on it. No issues with power.
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* Nate noticed a bunch of loose cables on the boards; we went over and tightened all connections. Probably the vibrations from rolling the card around the space are responsible for these loosening.
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* During a test print, the extruder head dropped too low and dug through the aluminum foil on the HBP. I took the HBP off to replace the foil, while I was at it I added spacing washers between the Heater Board and the Build Platform. This should eliminate the warping of the Heater Board along the front edge where the wires connect.
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* I couldn't locate the Kapton tape, so the HBP is currently covered with green painters tape. This seems to work okay, but ideally this should get covered with Kapton.
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* After all this, the makerbot is printing decently well. Still needs some fine tuning though.
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| ToDos =  
 
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#Add some kind of locking mechanism to electrical connections to the ABP
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#Fix the skipping problem
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| FAQs =
 
| FAQs =
 
A list of commonly asked questions
 
A list of commonly asked questions
 
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[[Category:Fab Lab]]
 
[[Category:Fab Lab]]

Revision as of 14:23, 1 July 2012



The i3 Detroit Makerbot Page

This page documents all there is to know about our MakerBot. The version we have is a Cup Cake CNC.

The MB has either an Automated Build Platform (ABP) or just a Heated Build Platform (HBP). It is currently set up with the static HBP because of warping on the ABP belt, issues with the electrical connectors, and slop in the positioning. Until those are addressed, please leave the HBP in place.

Basic Info

  • Ownership: i3 Detroit
  • Location: In the Fab Lab.
  • What it looks like:

Makerbot.jpg

Manufacturer Information

  • Make/Model: Makerbot CupCake
  • Part Number:

Documentation

not specified

Rules

You should get a walk-through on this machine prior to using it. Our MakerBot is a standard build, but there are some options you should know about, you need to have the right software configuration, and it has some quirks. Contact Mattfor more information.

Instructions

A detailed recap of the operating instructions is beyond the scope of this page. Please get an introduction to the i3 Detroit machine, and read up on the online documentation. How to Print on the MakerBot website

Here is the list of software you will need:

  • [Java Runtime

Other References

Thingiverse - a place with designs contributed by other people

Maintenance

2012.07.01: Makerbot is running very well on RepG-37. I'll publish my settings file soon so others can use my known good settings.

Things that Need to be Done

FAQs

A list of commonly asked questions