3D Printing

Makerbot Mini

Getting Started (MakerBot Mini)

  1. Download: Download MakerWare Desktop –you must use Safari or Firefox http://www.makerbot.com/desktop
  2. Create an account for: Thingiverse  - http://www.thingiverse.com

Have a generic username and password that you can share with your kids who have created files. You can also pick files form this location and just print. It is a good demonstration of a 3D printed object.


Makerbot in the Classroom 

 Read the MakerBot Reference Guide:

Unbox printer

  1.  The Mini takes PLA filament. Double-check the type of filament you purchased prior to loading it into your printer.
  2. After the physical setup of the printer is complete (see reference guide) for the MakerBot Replicator Mini:
  3. Turn on the MakerBot and the computer. (Plug into the laptop you loaded the software on and plug into an outlet.)
  4. You may be asked to update the firmware – follow the prompt in the software.
  5. Load filament (page 23 in Reference Guide). A mistake here is very expensive!! Watch the film. The hose that you feed the filament through has a black clip on it. The clip needs to be near the end of the hose. It takes a lot of force to move the clip up and down the hose.

For the first print, see page 18-19 of Reference Guide for step-by-step directions.