This is guide on what software is required (and how to install it) on a new computer to control your printer and to prepare 3D printing jobs.
Machina Corp, the maker of Machina X-Series Desktop 3D printers, supports free/libre software. The X-Series Mk1 Desktop 3D Printer has been tested to work with the software listed here and we highly recommend you do not change/alter/modify our settings.
You will need the following:
1. Required (For Windows version 7 and older): Software Drivers
2. Required: 3D Printer host/controller software – this will allow you to connect to and control your 3D Printer.
3. Optional: Slicer software – .STL to .GCODE software generator – .STL is the file format of your 3D model, and .GCODE is the format your 3D Printer needs to read.
4. Optional: CAD or 3D modelling software
All of the mentioned software is available for GNU/Linux, Windows, and Macintosh.
The required software download links can be found below OR in the Downloads section at Machina Corp Downloads section. You will also find there configuration downloads for Slic3r – recommended slicing software.
1. Drivers – this is needed for Windows Only
You will need the Arduino Drivers found at Arduino 1.0.5 Driver Download. Please download and unzip this file in a known location.
Windows 8 and newer
To install the driver, power on the 3D printer and plug it into the computer using the provided USB cable. You may need administrator access while installing the following programs and drivers.
Windows 7 and older
To install the driver, power on the 3D printer and plug it into the computer using the provided USB cable. You may need administrator access while installing the following programs and drivers. Windows will fail at installing the required drivers. That is OK.
Go to the “Start Menu – Control Panel – Device Manager”. Your printer should show as an unknown hardware device with a yellow exclamation mark. Right click on that device and select “Update Driver Software”. Then select “Browse” and select the Arduino folder you downloaded earlier.
The driver will install and your 3D printer should be recognized by the system when connecting via USB.
Make note of the COM port the printer was installed on.
2. Repetier Host
If you haven’t done so, Download Repetier Host and save it in a folder you remember.
Install the program then launch it.
Go to the Repetier Host “Printer – Printer Settings” menu. Under the “Configuration” tab, select the COM port your printer driver was installed above, then for the “Baud Rate” select “115200”.
Under the “Behaviour tab” deselect “Go to dispose after job/kill” and set the default extruder temperature to 190 Celsius.
Under the “Dimension” tab, set your X/Y min to 0, X max to 200 and Y max to 140 or 190, depending on what printer you have – 140 for XSeries and 190 for XSeries Pro.
Set Print width to 200, and depth to 140 or 190, depending on what machine you have.
Set print area height to 105, 170 or 275 depending on whether you have the X16, X20 or X24 – XSeries or Pro are the same.
You are ready to connect to your XSeries 3D printer.
3. Slicer Software.
Please download Slic3r version 1.0 stable, save on your computer on a known location, unzip and then run the program. Download the appropriate Slic3r configuration profiles from the Machina Downloads section.
4. CAD/Modelling software.
We recommend you use Tinkercad, which is owned by Autodesk.
Tinkercad has very nice lessons you should go through to get you started – link here.