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MakerBot Print is our newest print-prepration software, which supports native CAD files and STL assemblies,
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We are Moving!

by nosrev

http://sparkmaker.freeforums.net/thread/2/welcome

Hey guys,
its Fabian, the guy who created this Thingiverse Group. As Thingiverse is more or less restricted in using it as a Forum and since another great community member (called Drayer) directly gave me full permissions to his newly created Forum, I am happy to announce that we are going to move from Thingiverse to there soon! I am not going to delete any stuff here, but all new stuff will be posted there. Also i will make sure to copy old important threads over here and try to cross-link all information.

Join our journey and help us too improve our Forum: http://sparkmaker.freeforums.net/thread/2/welcome

forum moving sparkmaker
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Quick Setup

by nosrev

1) How to print

1.1) How to set up SD Card?

  • get an FAT32 formated SD Card (some SD Cards may not work, if so try another one)
  • Option 1 (pre-scliced .wow File)
    -- get a pre-sliced (.wow) File (can't recomment current WOW! Files - too low cure time)
    -- rename the (.wow) File to "print.wow" and put it on your SD Card
  • Option 2
    -- start SparkStudio (with administrator privileges)
    -- import an .STL File (.wow Files currently can not be imported - these are pre-sliced binaries)
    --- example STL-File: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2795935
    --- design an STL-File yourself using 3D modelling tool (e.g. https://www.tinkercad.com/ - no download needed and very simple to use)
    -- select your position, size, etc..
    -- press slice
    -- chose your resin and layer hight
    -- press slice
    -- save file to your SD Card

1.2) Optional modifications (recommended)

1.3) Resin Disclaimer and VAT

1.4) How to use printer?

  • Remove foam from vat
  • Loosen all 4 hex screws on the side of the build plate to calibrate (use the hex key provided)
  • Turn knob Clockwise to move the build plate down towards the vat
  • Once build plate is on the vat tank, hold the build plate down & tighten the hex screws

1.5) How to print?

  • Turn knob Anti-Clockwise to move the build plate up away from the vat
  • Shake resin bottle well and pour Resin into vat
  • Fill about ⅓ of resin into the vat (6 to 7mm based on official information)
  • Insert SD card into SD card reader (Shiny contact point facing up)
  • After inserting SD card into SD card reader, press button once to start print
  • To stop, press and hold the button till it turns [green?] blue [is for pause?]
  • Once Blue, release and button light will turn to Green

1.6) Indication light reference:

  • Steady Green light - Ready
  • Steady Red - Processing
  • Blinking Red - Printing / UV exposing
  • Steady Blue - Stop/pause/done

1.7) How to remove print and clean?

  • Once done, unscrew top knob for build plate to remove build plate from printer
  • Carefully drip resin on build plate back to the vat
  • Use a trowel to remove the print
  • Use Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) to clean resin. Soap and water will NOT work.
  • Try not to scratch the screen in the vat as it will affect print!
  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD LIQUID RESIN BE DUMPED DOWN THE DRAIN OR SINK

1.8) How to Update Firmware? (optional)

Source: Unofficial Manual (see additional links)

2) Additional Information

2.1) Additional Links:

2.2) Additional Tips/Known Bugs:

3) Forum Contents

Eiffel Tower by Pranav Panchal
by nosrev
Sparkmaker Replacement Leadscrew nut
by sacy
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HOW CAN I DISPOSE OF RESIN

by nosrev

Solid Resin
Cured solid resin can be disposed of in the trash.

Liquid Resin
WARNING When handling resin wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
Uncured liquid resin must be disposed of according to local regulations. In some jurisdictions, e.g., California, it is classified as hazardous waste. Contact your local municipal waste system for guidance on proper disposal.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD LIQUID RESIN BE DUMPED DOWN THE DRAIN OR SINK.

If you cure liquid resin before disposal you can dispose of it in the trash. To do this, pour the resin into a transparent plastic bag and leave it out in the sun for a week or so. Exposure to the sunlight will cure and harden the resin, at which point, you can safely dispose of it in the trash.

Source: https://support.ember.autodesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/210387627-How-can-I-dispose-of-resin-

Disposal resin
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Z problem

by Ramati

I just upgraded from the kit to the FHD. However, the Z will not lower. Going up, counter clockwise, no problem. Everything seems plugged in correctly. I tried with the sensor unplugged as well, but no luck. Any suggestions?

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Printer stalling?

by jifypop

My Sparkmaker is leveled, and was functioning perfectly for a good 3-4 months straight of printing.

Last week, I went to print and the printer carried through the first 1 to 20 layers flawlessly, and then would "tick" like it was skipping gears while it was moving up after completing a layer. It would do this a few times, get out of wack, and then on it's down movement it would be out of sync and bind against the print/base.

I've read through all the help posts, releveled the machine, turned the "two screws before the sink", no improvement.

Has anyone encountered this before? I'm about to start taking the whole machine apart...

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