SeeMeCNC Quick Start Guide
Quick Start Guide for Delta's
These steps are about as "quick" as it gets. So take your time and enjoy 3D printing on your SeeMeCNC machine. ;)
Consider this quick start guide as a supplement to our other instructions found through our website by clicking on "SUPPORT" then "DOCS & GUIDES".
Starting in the middle of June, 2021, SeeMeCNC 3D printers now ship with updated newer firmware. The new firmware control does not use the old leveling macro's "probe autolevel". If your purchased a new printer after the middle of June 2021, the printer is calibrated using the bed level icon (curvy line with up down arrows) on the right side of the touchscreen control. Or you can start a level calibration from the web browser Dashboard by selecting the drop down menu in the middle of the screen "Compensation & Calibration" and select "Delta Calibration G32".
SeeMeCNC printers purchased before June 15th, 2021, AND do not yet have updated firmware, please use the following information and use "Probe Autolevel" macros.
Only two factory methods are ever recommended to level SeeMeCNC delta's with DUET control boards. When you receive your new SeeMeCNC Delta Printer, you should run the "Probe Autolevel" macro. Remember to fold down the spool holder arms. These two methods for auto leveling and calibration are:
- "first probe" - DO NOT RUN THIS when you receive your brand new printer. This is only run when the bed just won't level and the bed map needs to be reset.
- "probe autolevel" - run whenever you change a nozzle, clean the glass, or move the printer. It isn't necessary to level before every print because of how your SeeMeCNC 3D printer is manufactured.
Reset the bed map when things just won't level.
STEP ONE - Slicing Software Setup
While you're waiting for you new printer to arrive, install the slicing software by following our guides online. You can import, slice, and view the sliced model on your computer screen.
Install the free slicing software on your computer.
Follow our guide found here:
- Go here https://www.seemecnc.com/
- Then click on the "Support" tab
- Then click "Docs & Guides"
- Then click "Setup and User Guides"
- Then choose the guide "Clean Cura Slicing Software Setup"
- Here is a direct link to this setup guide: https://seemecnc.dozuki.com/Guide/Clean+Cura+Slicing+Software+Setup/141?lang=en
- Follow every step of the guide.
STEP TWO - Printer Setup
If do not have the touch screen, follow your printers configuration guide. The guides are found under the "Support" tab on our website, then "Docs & Guides".
- Remove packaging
- Depending on printer model, extend spool holder arms or install the spool holder
- Plug in the printer and turn it on
- Continue to the next step if you purchased a WiFi model. Otherwise if you purchased an ethernet model, jump to Step 9. For ethernet models, your router should automatically assign an IP address.
- connect to WiFi using the touchscreen on the printer
- Close WiFi errors, at bottom of screen select "CONSOLE"
- select the KEYBOARD ICON in the upper right
- enter the following commands (case sensitive, keep quotes)
- M552 S0
- M587 S"NetWorkSSID" P"password"
- M552 S1
- The Console screen should report an IP address given to it by your router
- open a browser on your computer and enter the IP address
- example ( 192.168.1.??? )
- Level and calibrate using only 'Probe Autolevel' macro. Note that SeeMeCNC printers only probe correctly with the hotend at ROOM TEMPERATURE.
- After you have used 'Probe Autolevel', your printer is ready.
- Load filament by depressing the red lever on the extruder and inserting the filament completely through the bowden tube stopping approximately 150mm (6 inches) above the tip of the nozzle.
Notes on bed leveling.
If you purchased an assembled printer, it is factory calibrated and has a test print on the bed when shipped.
STEP THREE - Preparing The Print Bed
Preparing the print bed is important so the filament will adhere on the first layer.
find the link under the "Support" tab on our website, then "Quick Start” or
- There are several products on the market for bed adhesion. And you will need to refer to the manufacturers recommendations.
- Borosilicate glass is not covered under warranty, so use caution when removing prints when finished.
- We recommend waiting for the bed to cool near room temperature before removing the print.
STEP FOUR - Slice & Print
- Slice a file with our recommended settings and slicing program from our guide (see FIRST step of Quick Start above)
- Load the properly sliced gcode file to the printer by either WiFi or SD card. (we do not recommend operating the printer by USB tether) The SD card should be 32Gb or smaller. If running by SD card, the SD card is inserted into the bottom of the touch screen.
- Select the file and choose 'PRINT'. The printer will start automatically after heating, so pay attention. The bed heat will preheat and then the nozzle will heat up, and then your print will begin.
Tips for Success
- Follow SeeMeCNC instruction & guides.
- Use SeeMeCNC macros, like "Probe Autolevel", skip G & M commands.
- Buy quality filament, like Atomic brand, start with PLA.
- Don't use a USB cord, use WiFi or touchscreen & SD card.
- Nozzles are changed by heating the hotend, turning off the power, then unscrewing the hot nozzle. Install by turning on the printer, reheating, turning off again, snug tightening the new nozzle secure. Be careful not to pull wires. If the power is on, you will likely short circuit and blow a fuse. Refer to our online guides for more information.
- If you run prints from an SD card in the touch screen, be sure it's 32Gb or less
- The auto-level macros run with the hotend at room temperature, bed at 70C
- Make sure the bed and nozzle tip are clean before running auto level macros
- Never use software leveling. Your gcode won't be usable on other printers.
The 123’s of 3D printing, an overview
1. CAD (Computer Aided Drafting)
A software program to make 3D models and can export the CAD model in STL format. Or you may download STL models from the internet. The STL is the most popular format of CAD model used for 3D printing. The STL model should be exported in mm (millimeter units).
2. CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)
The slicer software used to generate the code which actually runs the 3D printer. New users will be successful if they begin using our printers by following our setup guide. The guide will show you which version of slicing software and how to install our pre-configured 'slicing profiles'. This is important because there's many settings in slicing software which makes it easy to make mistakes. The slicing program saves a text file with the extension <filename>.gcode (filename dot gcode) and the gcode file is what the printer control reads to position the 3D printer to print your object.
The gcode file is uploaded to the 3D printer. SeeMeCNC only recommends operation of our machines by uploading via WiFi or ethernet connection or from a user SD card inserted in the printer. User SD cards should not exceed 32Gb and be class 10 or better. We do not recommend tethering by USB cord to operate any SeeMeCNC printer. Once your gcode file ready, run the file, and the printer will begin printing your object. A note worth mentioning, use quality filament. If the price of a roll of filament is half of the cost of a reputable brand, then it may be of poor quality and cause failed prints or clogs.