Your First Print - Step-by-Step

This step-by-step tutorial will help you get your first successful print using Slice-Up

For your first print is better to keep things simple: the whole procedure is divided in two macro-steps:

  1. Create your first object: this is done using the vaseShape module
  2. Turn the object into g-code: this is done using the Spiral module

FURTHER READS: Slice-Up overview and general info on generating gcode.

Let’s get started!

Part One: create an object
Access Slice-Up Beta modeling viewport, and select the vaseShape module.
Then, take the following steps:

  1. Set the desired layer height.

  2. Play around with the shape parameters until you are satisfied

  1. Download the file from the download tab.

Your file is downloaded as .3dm, which is Rhino native format.
Congratulations! You just completed the first step!

Part Two: prepare the gcode
In the modeling viewport, click on the Spiral button on the bottom right of the screen.

WARNING: To complete this step you must have your g-code head and tail .txt files ready. If you need help doing it please read this before asking for help.

First, you must import the necessary file to work with:

  • click on Import Print Object and select the .3dm file you just created

  • click on Import gcode Head and select your head .txt file

  • click on Import gcode Tail and select your tail .txt file

  • you can skip Import Base Brim for now

Next, we need to set up the bed and place the object. The bed is represented by the red square (circle, for Deltas):

  • Select your printer type

  • Set the bed size or diameter

  • Set your X Print Position and Y Print Position

INSIGHT: cartesian printers usually have the 0,0 in the upper left corner, while delta printers have the 0,0 in the center. Print X Position and Print Y Position will move your object accordingly.

Now the hard part, we need to set up the flow:

  • Select the desired print speed in mm/s (start slow!)

  • Set Flow Math, the rule to compute the flow. If you are using filament fabrication, you should select Filament Standard.

  • Set the Extrusion type to Relative or Absolute, depending on your preference / machine.

  • If you choose Filament Standard before, now you must set the correct filament diameter.

  • Set the Extrusion Multiplier and the Nozzle Diameter.

WARNING: When you select extrusion type, make sure to match it with the relevant command in your gcode head(M82 for absolute, M83 for relative)

Adjust the fan speed, and the fan starting layer. If you don’t use cooling, just set fan speed to zero.

If you are printing with clay, you may want to perform one final step.
Open the advanced tab:

  • Adjust the Spiral - Base spacing. This sets the height of the spiral above the base layer. 1 will result in the spiral starting exactly 1 layer above the base, while 0 will result in the spiral starting at the same height of the base.

That’s it, you can now download your g-code and press print.

If you encounter any problems, do not hesitate to ask for help!

Happy printing!