UPrint Plus 3D Printer

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uPrint Plus
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Date Added: Date needed!
Physical Location: 3D Room
Go-To Member(s): Kerry Stevenson, Lucas Hokanson
Current State: Operating Normally
Brand: Stratasys
Model: uPrint Plus
Vendor Manual: uPrint/uPrint Pluse User & Service Guide
Vendor Phone: 1 (800) 801-6491
Consumable Cost (avg): $7.74/in3

About This Equipment

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Current Inventory

Loaded

  • Qty.#1 - ABS Grey
  • Qty.#1 - SR-30 Support Material

Stock (Upstairs)

  • Qty.#4 - ABS Grey
  • Qty.#2 - ABS Black
  • Qty.#4 - SR-30 Support Material

Stock (Downstairs)

  • Qty.#5 - SR-30 Support Material (Box)
  • Qty.#5 - ABS Green (box)
  • Qty.#2 - Modeling Bases (box)

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CAPABILITIES

The uPrint Plus is a very capable medium-end commercial extrusion-based 3D printer. Prints 1.75mm ABS filament plastic in one pound 30 cubic inch cartridges. Small objects of arbitrary shapes can be printed in plastic, up to 10cm on a side from 3D models you supply in STL format.


SAFETY CONCERNS

  • The build chamber is heated to +75C and printed objects and the platter are very hot when printing completes. USE THE LEATHER GLOVES to remove printed objects
  • The washing fluid is corrosive, please be careful with it. Wear safety equipment when washing

DAMAGE CONCERNS

  • No known concerns

BASIC OPERATIONS

Printing

  • Go to the uPrint Plus printer, open the door, remove the build platter. Clean off any objects and replace it inside. If it is excessively worn, use another from the supply underneath
  • Ensure the blue tabs are securely holding the platter down. Close the uPrint Plus door
  • Power up uPrint Plus with switch on left rear. It will take a long time to warm up
  • On a workstation attached to the AssentWorks internal network (wireless or wired) (and NOT AssentWorks_Guest, which is an External network), start up Catalyst software
  • Go to Tab PACK and clear the platform of any previously loaded objects
  • Go to Tab GENERAL and File/Open your STL 3D model
  • Select desired resolution: 0.100 or 0.130 inches. Higher resolution takes much longer to print
  • Select desired density. Always choose SPARSE as their default settings use too much material. Use solid only if you are printing a production part that will be used under stress
  • Select desired support method. Recommend always using BASIC as the others are overkill unless you have a very pathologically intricate part
  • Select the number of copies to print. Multiple copies takes longer to print than printing them serially
  • Select millimeters as the measurement, but check your model to ensure this is what you want
  • Leave scale to 1.0
  • Hit "Add to Pack" and wait for processing to complete
  • Go to PACK Tab and ensure things are set up properly on the bed. Note the amount of material (support and object) used and the estimated print time
  • If Printer Status is OK, then hit "Print"
  • Go to the uPrint Plus and wait for your filename to appear on the control panel
  • Hit start to continue
  • Wait for the print to complete
  • When done use the gloves to remove the platter
  • Carefully peel the object off the platter and replace the platter in the uPrint Plus
  • Power down the uPrint Plus

Washing

  • If you've printed objects with support material that's difficult to remove manually, you can use the washer to chemically remove the embedded support material
  • Normally the washer has activated solvent in it already. See below for replacement instructions
  • Turn on the washer, switch on the front
  • Lift the lid and slowly raise it out of the fluid. It has a platter attached below
  • Place items on the platter and lower them in
  • Some items may float because there is air captured inside the support material. Use a stick to sink them if possible. Or poke a hole in the support at an appropriate place to compromise the flotation
  • Ensure the lid is on centre
  • Wait. A very long time. Even small objects seem to take many hours to clean, as long as six-eight hours
  • Check periodically to see that progress occurs
  • Do not leave the washer running unattended for lengths of time as it is hot (150F) and could potentially leak. It's ok to take items out when you leave and restart washing later
  • When finished the objects can be removed. The fluid is slightly corrosive so wear eye protection and don't get it on your clothes, but it is non-toxic
  • Wash the items off in water (sink in washroom) until they are no longer "slippery"

Re-Filling The Washer

  • If the washer doesn't seem to be cleaning even after a lot of hours, then perhaps the fluid is no longer potent and needs to be replaced
  • Turn off the washer
  • Empty the tank into the pail with the valve at the rear
  • Pour the old fluid down the drain in the washroom sink. It is apparently safe to do so
  • Ensure the rear valve is CLOSED
  • Refill the tank up to 1-2 inches of the top with clean water
  • Open up ONE packet of cleaning goop (EcoWorks) - both "A" and "B" sides, and throw all the "teabags" into the water
  • Washer now ready for operation

CONSUMABLES

The uPrint Plus prints only specially made ABS cartridges available from Cimetrix Systems. They are available in several colors, but cost $155 each for 30 cubic inches of material


BASIC MAINTENANCE

Washer Fluid

  • Replace the washing fluid when it is no longer potent (see above)

THINGS TO KNOW

  • DO print models requiring support structures
  • DO NOT attempt to change material cartridges unless you know what you're doing
  • DO NOT frivolously print objects as uPrint material is very expensive, and all prints are logged
  • DO leave the uPrint printing overnight unattended as it is capable of doing so safely
  • DO NOT attempt to manually remove support material if it is embedded within your object; you must use the CleanStation

FURTHER INFORMATION

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