4. Running a print cycle

  • Click on Print Wizard
  • The print wizard will pop up within solus contour, make sure that the resin tray isn’t attached to the 3d printer, and the build head is also removed.
    (if the resin tray is screwed in during the homing process it will cause a strain on the tilt motor and cause it to fail over the long term use of the solus 3d printer)
    (the resin tray can be placed on top of the quartz just don’t put the screws in yet)

  • Click Continue and then a dialogue box will pop up asking you if you have removed the resin tray and build head, click yes
  • The printer will now run the homing cycle, where the printer positions itself in the correct location to start a print.
  • (if the arm doesn’t move during this process, check the usb connection and make sure that you do not have any other 3d printing software open during the process)

  • Now that the printer has reached its home position and raised back to its default starting point the software will ask you if the resin vat is cleaned and installed.

  • (make sure that there is no cured resin on the film of the resin vat, and then proceed to fill the resin vat with 40ml of resin.
    (make sure that you shake the resin bottle vigorously, and use a wooden stick)
    (like one off a cooking cake mix spatula) to get any pigment that has settled on the bottom of the bottle, to mix in to allow a consistent mix of resin.
    (if the resin isn’t mixed correctly, towards the end of the bottle the pigment will have a higher concentration, causing imperfections during the printing of a model/s)

  • Click Continue
  • If you have the Null Modem cable plugged into the projector and into the usb port of the computer/laptop, you can automatically shutdown the projector after the job is finished, so tick this box and click continue.
  • The software will now display the slices of the print, where you can view through the slices by clicking the progress bar and dragging it upwards or clicking the arrows, and then clicking start print.
  • Now that the printing is started, the build head should submerge in resin and the projector will start to project beams during the entire course of the build process where the head will move up and down at a rate dependant on the exposure settings, and have the model form on the build head layer by layer.

    If you have had a problem with the Print, Click HERE to proceed to the Troubleshooting Section(even if the print was successful, check it out to learn about solutions if a problem should present itself in the future)

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