Running a print - BuildBee Support

Running a print

Once you have BuildBee set up and you have logged into your account, you will be able to run your first 3D print!

Step 1 - Choose a model

- Firstly, you need to choose what you would like to print. This may be something you have created yourself in a program like TinkerCAD, a model that you downloaded from the Internet or one of our featured models in BuildBee.

- Before you print, you might want to check these few things:

  • Double-check the size of any model that has made or downloaded
  • Make sure it is oriented the right way
  • Make sure there aren't any random floating objects
  • Make sure it isn't too detailed
  • Identify whether the model has any overhangs that may need support

- Once you have confirmed that your model is printable, you can upload it to BuildBee using the upload button:

BuildBee upload model

Step 2 - Select a printer

- Once you have confirmed the model you wish to print, you must select the printer you want to use. If you have more than one printer, they will all appear as a list. Select a printer that is labelled as 'READY'.

If you are on an enterprise subscription, you may also have the option to submit to a monitored queue.

BuildBee choose printer

Step 3 - Select a material preset

- First, identify what kind of filament you are using by finding the information sticker on the roll. 

- Click on the preset that corresponds to the type of filament you have loaded into the printer.

If you wish to use a different kind of filament than what is loaded, use the load/unload buttons on the same page. For more info, see this help article.

BuildBee choose material

Step 4 - Select a model preset

- Think about the object you are printing and consider the following things:

  • Do you want it to be solid or hollow?
  • Does the model need to be strong?
  • Does the model have a lot of small or detailed features?
  • Does the model have any overhangs that require support material?
  • Would a raft help the model stick a bit better?

- After reading the description of each model preset, decide which one would be the best for the purpose of the print.

BuildBee choose preset

Step 5 - Pre-print check

- You will be presented with two checkboxes that must be ticked to continue. Confirm that the print bed is clear and that there is filament loaded into the printer.

Since it is possible to print remotely, it is important to make sure that there isn't anything already on the bed and that there is filament loaded into the printer. Running a print without checking this first may end up causing damage to the printer.

BuildBee print check

Step 6 - Print!

- At the print stage, you can review the settings you have chosen and if you are happy with everything, click print!

BuildBee print

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