Up Mini 3D Printer
|3D Printing Systems Up Mini|
Forbo Model Making Space (Room G12)
Level 01 - Fabrication Workshop Safety Induction
The Up Mini uses a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process to melt and extrude ABS and/or PLA plastic onto additive layers. The ABS/PLA filament is first fed into a heated printer nozzle where it melts into a liquid. Subsequently, the printer nozzle extrude plastic onto the print bed over the areas of the print object. The print bed is then lowered and the process is repeated until the object is fully printed.
Video of Operation
Health and Safety
- The UP Mini melts plastic during printing by heating the extruder head. Never touch the extruder head while in operation.
- The UP Mini melts plastic during printing. Plastic odours are emitted during this operation. Make sure the UP Plus 2 is used in a well-ventilated area.
- The UP Mini uses a heated build plate. Avoid contact with the build plate during operation. Allow the build plate to cool down before touching the build area or use gloves if the surface is hot.
- The UP Mini includes moving parts that can cause injury. Never touch the UP Plus 2 while it is in operation.
- Please see a FabLab technician if there are any issues with the machines operation. Please do not attempt to pull apart or repair the printer in any way without the permission of FabLab technician.
- Refer to the 3D Printer Guidelines.
- Download and use the 3D Printing Template File (Rhino 5) when preparing your file and use the Rhino Custom Display mode to check your file for errors.
- [ Optional ] Attend a Digital Fabrication Technical Session.
- Download and use the Up! 3D Printing Software.
- Connect your laptop to any available 3D Printers in the Forbo Model Making Space to print.
- OR Submit your file to the FabLab for processing.
- Switch on and initialise: Switch on the printer with the button on the back. Initialize it by holding the button on the front. When LED goes GREEN, printer is ready.
- Prepare the table: Make sure the build plate is clear of any leftover plastic. Preheat the print bed. (Maintenance >> Table Heat 1hr)
- Remove old filament: Remove any filament by using the software’s withdraw command. (Maintenance >> Withdraw)
- Load your spool: Trim your filament to a clean end without any bends or kinks. Use the software extrude command (Maintenance >> Extrude) and gently feed the filament into the top of the printer. DO NOT force the filament into the printer.
- Load model: Load your model into the software. Errors will show up in red. Refer to guidelines for troubleshooting. Adjust your print settings
- Wait for bed to heat up: When printing with ABS, wait for the bed to heat to 90°. Wait a further 10 minutes if it’s a large model.
- Print: Double check your settings and print. Write down the estimated completion time on a model making card. Put the perspex box over the printer and put your model making card into the sleeve. Once the print has started you can disconnect your laptop.
- Remove model: Remove build plate and it take to scraping station (use gloves). Use the spatula to remove your print and clean the build plate, then return it to the printer. Cut the filament and remove your spool.
- Make sure to preheat the bed as early as possible as it takes several minutes for the printer to heat up.
- Models tend to warp when there is a large surface area of plastic in contact with the bed. As the plastic cools it begins to shrink which results in the model pulling up from the corners. The best way to avoid this is by having a hot bed (100°C) and allowing the printer to remain at this temperature for about 5 minutes before printing to ensure heat transfers across the entire build plate.
- Never force or yank the filament in or out of the printer as it will cause serious damage to the equipment.