Preparing your printer before the first use is important to ensure proper functioning of the printer and making the whole printing process easier. The following steps show how to unpack and set up the machine. This article also shows how to install the firmware and software as well as how to carry out the platform calibration correctly.
Prepare your Printer to Work
Open the box and remove the box with side covers. Next, remove the upper cushioning.
Take the 3D printer out of the box. Bearing in mind the printer’s weight (30kg), the M300 should be taken out of the box by two people.
When lifting or moving the printer, do not grab:
- the belts
- the shipping clips
- the extruder
Remove the foil.
Remove the shipping clips.
Remove the foams with accessories.
Lower the heatbed mount by pressing the places marked in the picture.
Install the build platform onto the bolts marked in the picture.
Connect the platform cable.
Attach the extruder cable clamps on the back of the printer. The upper clamp also holds the material guide. Place the extruder cable in the lower clamps.
Connect the extruder cable.
Install the side covers.
Plug in the power cable.
Attach the spool holder.
Attach the material guide.
Place the material spool onto the spool holder. The spool should rotate anti-clockwise. Feed the material into the extruder through the material guide.
Place the printer on a flat and stable surface.
To calibrate the platform, select “Maintenance” and then “Autocalibration” from the menu.
Follow the instructions displayed on the screen.
Download the latest update of Z-Firmware at Zortrax Support in the Downloads section.
To install the firmware, copy the Update.bin file to an SD card, insert the card into the printer and turn on the machine.
The firmware updates automatically.
The latest Z-SUITE software version can be found at Zortrax Support in the Downloads section.
To install the Z-SUITE software, you need the serial number of your printer. To find this number, go to “Information” option in the menu and choose “Serial Number.”
Loading the Material
Select the “Material” option from the menu. To load the material, select the “Load the material” option.
When the display shows the message “Insert new material,” insert the end of the material into the extruder and push the knob.
When the Zortrax M300 finishes loading the material, the printer is ready to print. Remove the extruded material using tweezers.
Insert the SD card with the models stored on it into the printer. The models should be saved in the main folder.
To choose the model for printing, select the “Models” option from the main menu.
Select the model in the .zcode format and confirm by pushing the knob.
The printing procedure will begin automatically.
The display will show information about the extruder heating level. Once the heating has been completed, the M300 will start printing. The bar on the display shows the progress of the print.