Image 1/3: Notice the squished filament line around the PRUSA logo. This is the right amount of compression for the first layer. Image 2/3: [http://prusa3d.dozuki.com/Guide/Calibrate+i3+Plus+LCD-SD/4|Calibrate your printer.] Image 3/3: [http://prusa3d.dozuki.com/Guide/Preparing+the+printbed/5|Prepare the printbed.]
  • Plug-in the printer. If display is on, everything is fine ;-)

  • Notice the squished filament line around the PRUSA logo. This is the right amount of compression for the first layer.

  • Calibrate your printer.

  • Prepare the printbed.

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Image 1/2: Put the filament spool in by spreading the arms a bit. Image 2/2: Filament must go towards you on the top side.
  • Snap the filament holder arms on the printer as seen on picture.

  • Put the filament spool in by spreading the arms a bit.

  • Filament must go towards you on the top side.

  • Check if the filament is not coming out of the sides of the spool, if so, snip it.

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Image 1/1: Wait for the printer to heat up.
  • Preheat for ABS first as we test the printer with ABS. For later prints you can use preheat for PLA.

  • Wait for the printer to heat up.

If you adjust the knob while in the main info screen, I believe you adjust a percentage that manually controls heat. So make sure you don't overload or something.

pgiustino - Reply

That knob controls speed, not heat... you'll notice you can speed up or slow down the printer manually that way. :)

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Image 1/3: Insert the end of the material into the hole and push while rotating the big gear clockwise until you see a little extrusion at the nozzle tip. Image 2/3: Always check if the filament has nice sharp edge on the end for smooth insertion. Image 3/3: This can be done with software, but by using your hand you can easily feel if the filament extrudes smoothly.
  • On heated printer, grab the filament poking out of the extruder and with your other had rotate the big gear counter-clockwise until it completely comes out.

  • Insert the end of the material into the hole and push while rotating the big gear clockwise until you see a little extrusion at the nozzle tip.

  • Always check if the filament has nice sharp edge on the end for smooth insertion.

  • This can be done with software, but by using your hand you can easily feel if the filament extrudes smoothly.

I think the new i3 pro is a little different, I used the LCD screen to load filament then I had to unload filament command since it was leaking out... Not sure on best starting procedure

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Image 1/1:
  • Clean the nozzle before printing from any extrusion. I used the test logo print.

How did you clean the nozzle? Do you just wipe it off or what is the best way to do that?

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Image 1/1:
  • In the menu choose Print from SD and PRUSA.gcode

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Image 1/2: Then printer will print so-called 'skirt' around. If it is nicely squished, you've done your calibration right! Image 2/2: First layer is cruical so always watch the printer if the first layer is printed correctly.
  • Printer will make a thick line on the side. This equalises the flow of plastic.

  • Then printer will print so-called 'skirt' around. If it is nicely squished, you've done your calibration right!

  • First layer is cruical so always watch the printer if the first layer is printed correctly.

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The thick line on the side of the base prints perfectly. But test print is very thin and adheres poorly. Any suggestions please trying to be careful with the live adjustment as not sure what the limits are can't find the initial height of the nozzle anywhere.

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