SeeMeCNC Quick Start Guide
by Steve Wygant
Here's an overview of the process for 3D printing in three steps.
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 make it easy to make mistakes. The slicing program saves a text file with the extension <filename>.gcode (filename dot gcode) and this is what the controller in the 3D printer runs to print your object.
3. PRINT - The gcode file is uploaded to the 3D printer. SeeMeCNC only recommends two methods for running our machines. a) upload via WiFi to the printer or b) copy to an SD card and insert into the printer. We do not recommend tethering by USB. The USB connection is only used to perform setup as needed, then disconnect the USB from the printer. Once loaded, run the file, and the printer will begin printing your object. Another note worth mentioning, use quality filament. If the price of a roll is half of what reputable brands sell for, then it's probably poor quality and you will fail.
Quick Start Guide for Delta's
These four steps are about as "quick" as it gets. Take your time and enjoy 3D printing on your SeeMeCNC machine. ;)
This quick start guide is not intended to be a replacement of our instructions found through our website "SUPPORT">"DOCS & GUIDES".
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 "CURA Setup Single Extrusion" (even if you have dual). We recommend starting with single extrusion and PLA. Use CURA version 3.4.1.
- Here is a direct link to this setup guide: https://seemecnc.dozuki.com/Guide/CURA+Setup+Single+Extrusion/87?lang=en
- Follow every step of the guide exactly.
Note: CAD models are exported in an STL format in mm units, then imported (opened) into Cura for slicing.
Setup your printer:
- Remove packaging
- Extend spool holder arms or install the spool holder
- Plug in and turn it on
- Level and calibrate using only 'Probe Autolevel' macro. Note that SeeMeCNC printers only probe correctly with the hotend at ROOM TEMPERATURE. If do not have the touchscreen, follow your printers configuration guide to setup WiFi. The guides are found under the "Support" tab on our website, then "Docs & Guides". This will redirect you to all instructions for SeeMeCNC products https://seemecnc.dozuki.com/.
- After you have used 'Probe Autolevel', your printer is ready.
- Load filament by depressing the red lever on the extruder and pushing the filament completely through the bowden tube to the hotend where you will feel it stop (because the hotend isn't hot yet.
Prepare the print bed so the filament will adhere just right.
Of course, there are several other 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 drop below return near room temperature before removing the print.
Slice and 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 recommended operating the printer by USB tether)
- 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.
Tips for Success
- follow SeeMeCNC instruction & guides
- use SeeMeCNC macros, like "Probe Autolevel"
- buy quality filament, like Atomic brand, start with PLA if you're new
- never print using the USB cord, only setup WiFi or use the SD card