Configure 3d printers

3D printers often have very long running tasks and usually don’t require constant attention – unlike laser cutters or CNC routers.

Therefore it’s often advisable to configure them differently that most other equipment:

  1. Disable "Prevent unattended operation" to allow members to leave the printer running while being away.
  2. If you have set up a "busy / idle" input for the printer:
    1. Enable "Turn off unused equipment" to save power and show the printer as "avaliable" once a print job is done.
    2. You might also want to enable "Prevent power-off while the equipment is busy" to prevent members from accidentally switching of the printer while a job is running. This might get cold filament stuck in the print nozzle.

Example printer configuration

If you don’t allow your members 24/7 access to your space, you might want to add an extra permission to their package to allow long-running jobs to finish outside opening hours:

  1. Click on "Configuration" and then "Packages" on the main navigation bar.
  2. Click on your non-24/7 package.
  3. Scroll down and click on "Add another rule".
  4. Select "every 3d printer" from the drop-down and leave the time set to "Always 24/7".Example package configuration
  5. Save your changes.
  6. Repeat these steps for every package that allows members to use 3d printers.

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