After following this Quick Start Guide, your LulzBot 3D printer will be MOAR capable than ever.
Note: Do not cut the clear plastic wrap.
Unfold the cardboard insert to remove the tool head.
Save the packaging for future storage and shipping needs.
You will also need
Note: If your LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printer does not have a compatible connector purchase this product: v2c style connector
Let's get started!
Power on your LulzBot TAZ 3D printer.
Home the TAZ 3D printer using the Graphical LCD Controller by navigating to: Movement > Auto Home.
Raise the Z-axis up by using the Graphical LCD controller by navigating to: Movement > Move Axis > Move 1mm > Move Z
Change the value to at least 200.
Completely power off your LulzBot 3D printer and unplug the power cord and USB cable (if used) before proceeding.
Gently unplug the connectors for your current tool head taking care to not bend any pins.
With one hand support the tool head and unscrew the single M3 screw securing it to the X-axis carriage, and remove it by lifting the tool head up.
Your new MOARstruder has a different Extruder Steps Per Unit (ESteps) value than the standard TAZ tool head. This important new value can be found on a sticker on the back of the extruder.
Record this value before continuing.
Remove the protective foam from the tool head connector.
Place the tool head onto the X-axis carriage by firmly but gently seating it while supporting the tool head with your other hand.
Secure the tool head to the X-axis carriage with the included M3 screw. Tighten until finger tight.
DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN
Connect the two 16 pin connectors, matching pin orientation, sticker-side up.
Cura LulzBot Edition is available from:
Install Cura LulzBot Edition if not already installed on your computer.
Note: If Cura has already been installed, update to the latest version by installing it from the link above, as it has preset machine configuration profiles and the required firmware updates included.
Plug in your LulzBot TAZ 3D printer to the power supply and power on your 3D printer.
Once powered on, connect your 3D printer to your computer using the USB cable.
Open Cura LulzBot Edition.
Select Machine > LulzBot TAZ 5
Select Machine > Machine settings
In the Machine settings window:
Select Change Tool Head
Select v2 (LulzBot hexagon).
Select Single Extruder.
Press the Next button.
Press the Next button.
You will flash the firmware in the next step.
Press Flash the firmware.
Press Start to load the MOARstruder firmware.
Press the OK button.
Select Finish and the tool head wizard will close.
Press the OK button to close the Machine settings window.
Unplug the USB cable.
Use the Graphical LCD controller to clear the EEPROM settings from the previous firmware.
Navigate to: Configuration and select Restore Failsafe.
Scroll up and select Advanced settings > Esteps/mm to update the extruder steps per unit (E-steps or esteps) to get the best performance from your MOARstruder Tool Head.
Select Esteps/mm and update the value with the Esteps recorded in Step 7.
Scroll up and select Configuration > Save memory to store the updated values.
Download this file: OSHWA_vase_MOARstruder_first_print.stl
Save the file by right clicking and selecting Save as or Save link as.
Load the OSHWA_vase_MOARstruder_first_print.stl into Cura LulzBot Edition
Under Material ease of use select All.
Under Material select t-glase (Taulman).
Choose the Spiral vase quickprint profile.
Remove the SD Card from the TAZ 5 Graphical LCD Controller and install it into your computer.
Save the sliced model to the SD Card by pressing the Save GCode button.
Remove the SD card and place it back into the SD card slot in the TAZ 5 Graphical LCD Controller.
Note: Large or time-consuming 3D prints are more reliable when initiated and controlled through the Graphical LCD Controller.
Locate the included glue stick.
Most polyester-based filament like t-glase will adhere exceedingly well to the print surface. To aid part removal, evenly apply glue stick to the print surface.
Failure to do so may cause the printed object to bond too well to the PEI print surface.
Turn on the hot end through the Graphical LCD Controller by navigating to Temperature > Custom temp > Nozzle > 220°C.
Heat up the print surface through the Graphical LCD Controller as well, by selecting Bed > 65°C.
Your tool head was calibrated before leaving our Colorado, USA factory. This filament will need to be removed and purged.
Wait until the Graphical LCD Controller displays a hot end temperature greater than 170°C.
Using the idler retainer, compress the springs and slide up, allowing the hinged idler to to rotate into the open position.
Remove the calibration filament from the tool head.
Feed the t-glase filament sample through the filament guide tube and into the feed hole in the extruder body and through the hot end, until a small amount of filament comes out of the tip of the nozzle.
Compress the springs with the idler retainer and rotate the hinged idler clockwise into an upright position. Lock the hinged idler into place by sliding the idler retainer back down into the locked position.
Once your 3D printer is at the appropriate extrusion temperature of 220°C, purge the calibration filament by rotating the large gear counter-clockwise until the extruded filament underneath the hot end nozzle runs clear.
Wait ten seconds for the filament to cool, then remove the extruded filament with the included tweezers.
To prevent damage to your 3D printer, power it off immediately if the tool head looks like it is on a course to lower into the print surface or Z-axis end stop trigger before triggering the Z-axis end stop.
If the tool head looks like it will prematurely trigger the Z-axis end stop too high above the print bed, adjust the thumb screw higher and redo this step.
Home the 3D printer by using the Graphical LCD Controller to select Movement > Auto Home.
Monitor the Z-axis during the homing process.
Note: The hot end and print surface will be hot. Avoid direct contact.
When the Z-axis is at home, the nozzle tip should be right above the glass with a small visible gap.
Adjust the Z-axis end stop trigger as needed, re-homing until a piece of paper folded over 4 times slides underneath the tool head. Some resistance should be felt when moving the paper while underneath the hot end.
Wait until the Graphical LCD Controller displays a hot end temperature of 220°C, and a print surface temperature of 60°C.
On the Graphical LCD controller, select Print from SD and navigate to the OSHWA_vase_MOARstruder_first_print.gcode file.
Select the file to begin the 3D print.
Your LulzBot TAZ 3D printer will automatically home each axis and begin 3D printing!
While the vase is being printed, review some part removal tips:
Take your time!
Your 3D printed object will be adhered rather well to the PEI print surface. Gently use the blue-handled part removal tool to probe around the edge of the printed object until you find a gap. Do not force the printed object off the print surface.
The bed will move forward once the print is complete. Do not remove the printed object until the print surface has cooled to the recommended object removal temperature of 50°C.
Remove your print by using the blue-handled part removal tool to separate the part from the bed.
To switch back to the original tool head, follow the same steps outlined in this guide, except this time, select the Standard LulzBot TAZ tool head and options instead.
Store the MOARstruder in the original packaging, taking care to slowly fold over the cardboard insert flaps to secure the tool head.
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