• How do I calibrate the bed on my Maker Select 3D printer?

    Calibration is one of the most important steps to a 3D print. If your bed is not level, the print itself will not come out level and will run into issues. To calibrate your printer bed, you will need to power on and home the printer. Homing the printer means you need to put the printer in the starting position or front left of the bed. For our Maker Select 3D Printer, this setting would be under the Quick Settings section as Home All. Once the printer has moved to the home location, you may now power off the printer. Once the printer is powered off, you should be able to freely move the X-axis of the printer head as well as the Y-axis of the printer bed. Since these can now move freely, you will need to move the printer head to each corner of the bed and make sure a single piece of standard printer paper can slide between the bed and the nozzle with just a small amount of friction. We recommend checking each corner as well as between the corners and the center of the bed. Once your printer is calibrated, we also recommend printing a small simple print like a calibration cube to make sure the printer can put down a first layer and the other layers stay even.

  • How do I connect my Maker Select 3D printer to Cura?
    Connecting to Cura (version 15.04.6)
    • PC
      • Make sure you have Cura version 15.04.6 downloaded for PC.
      • Use the provided USB cable to connect the printer to your computer if you will be printing via USB (make sure you are not connecting into a USB 3.0 port).
      • Find Cura on your computer and open it.
      • You will be prompted with a setup screen for your first time running the program.
      • There will be a selection of printers to choose from, make sure to select the Other option at the bottom of the list.
      • This will open another window with other printer options, you would then select the Custom option at the bottom of the list and will be taken to the "Custom Machine" tab.
      • You may choose a name for the machine, and the bed size will be Width X 200mm x Depth Y 200mm x Height Z 180mm nozzle size is 0.4mm and heated bed will be checked.  Leave "Bed Center is 0,0,0 (RoStock)" unchecked.
      • Once completed, press Finish and you will be taken to the home page of the Cura Software with an image of the empty bed along with some settings.
     
    • Mac
      • Make sure you have Cura version 15.04.6 Downloaded for Mac.
      • Use the provided USB cable to connect the printer to your computer if you will be printing via USB.
      • Find Cura in your applications once installed and open it.
      • You will be prompted with a setup screen for your first time running the program.
      • There will be a list of printers to select from, and you will select Other at the bottom of the list. 
      • This will open another window with other printer options to choose from, and without clicking any option, you will press Next taking you to the "Custom Machine" tab.
      • You may choose a name for the machine, and the bed size will be Width X 200mm x Depth Y 200mm x Height Z 180mm nozzle size is 0.4mm and heated bed will be checked. Leave "Bed Center is 0,0,0 (RoStock)" unchecked.
      • Once completed, press Finish and you will be taken to the home page of the Cura Software with an image of the empty bed along with some settings.