Yes, all the software needed to use your printer is included in the price of the Developer's Kit. If you need to design parts without connecting to Voxel8's cloud, you can purchase out Enterprise Edition. Contact sales for more information.
How do I communicate with the printer, how can I feed the data for the structure I am aiming to print?
All of our software is web based. Our slicer, Euclid sits in the cloud and is accessible via browser. The Control Interface software is also web based and runs on the printer. You can design either in the cloud with Autodesk's Project Wire, using our Solidworks Addin, or with any tool that is capable of producing .STL formatted files.
How are parts designed to be printed with the Developer’s Kit?
Autodesk’s Project Wire tool is the best way to integrate 3D models with embedded wires. You can create your 3D models using any external program and then use Project Wire to add embedded circuitry and electronic devices.
Where can I obtain models to print on my Voxel8 Developer's Kit Printer?
3D models can be created using many CAD or 3D modeling applications that are capable of exporting in .STL file format. There are also many sources on the internet for downloading single material printable objects. For multi-material models involving embedded electronics, you should visit our downloads area for examples and projects to download.
I am getting a warning message inside of Dashboard when printing. What does it mean? list of errors: "warn: Model exceeds the specified build volume of the printer".
1.) It may mean that the modeler you are using to export STL files might not be scaling correctly for the Voxel8 Dashboard. Check your unit of measurement, and make sure it is set to imperial or metric.
2.) If your printed object is in fact, larger than 5.906" x 5.906" x 3.94" (i.e. 150mm x 150mm x 100mm), then you may need to either rescale it, or possibly break it up into pieces and print individually.
How should I setup my SolidWorks file if I'm using the Voxel8 add-in?
You should use an assembly and individual parts inside the assembly for trace, components, and body. This way you can work on things independently. Visit our SolidWorks tutorial and design tips for more information.
You can shutdown the printer via OctoPrint or through the TouchScreen through the "Settings" screen. Do not power off the machine with the switch in the back unless you have shutdown through the touch screen interface first.
I am using the Voxel8 SolidWorks add-in and I can't seem to select the "Create Trace" option in the navigation bar. What am I doing wrong?
Line segments are contained in a sketch that may not be in a SolidWorks Part; or conflicts with another feature of SolidWorks in your assembly. Try moving, copying, or recreating the line segments into a different Part.
I have imported all my STL design files into Dashboard, but they all have the same z-index and are not correctly oriented to the build plate. It appears every imported file has a z index of 0. What is happening? How do I fix this?
By selecting each individual .STL file for import one at a time, they will automatically set to z index 0, which is the build plate floor for each item. This is just the way Dashboard works right now.
To get the proper z-index for multiple STL files you must select all your files all at once, and drag and drop them into Dashboard. Alternatively, you must use the file dialog to select all the files and import them. That will solve the problem.
How do I upgrade the firmware on the Voxel8 Developer's Kit printer?
The Voxel8 Developer's Kit printer is configured by default to automatically reboot at approximately 4am every night when idle to check for updates. If the machine is connected to the internet, upon the reboot the printer will pull down all software updates from the Voxel8 service and install them. However, if the print is not idle (e.g. printing a job), the firmware update will be delayed until the printer is next idle to complete any updates required.
Method #1: The first method is to access the Firmware Update button located in the diagnostics menu via the Voxel8 Developer's Kit touchscreen. This can be accessed by pressing the "Settings" button for > 4 seconds. At that point, a new menu will appear that contains the selection "Update Firmware" (among other troubleshooting buttons). Pressing that will start the manual firmware update process (if connected to the internet).
Method #2: The second method is to access the Voxel8 Control Interface, and click the "Update Firmware" button under Settings->Plugins->Firmware Update.
NOTE: Firmware updates can be turned off by going to the assigned IP Address of the Voxel8 printer (i.e. "Voxel8 Control Interface") and disable the checkmark under the Settings->Plugins->Firmware Update->Enable Firmware Auto-Update.
I keep getting a dialog on the Voxel8 Developer's Kit Printer touchscreen that says: "Control Interface: http://<some IP Address>/" There's currently a connection error: No connection between Control Interface and the printer. You can try to reconnect by hitting the button below." What does this mean?
This means that the touchscreen interface (i.e. "Voxel8 PrinterUI") is not connected to the Control Board. It is disconnected via software.
To re-enable the connection, you must press using the "Reconnect"button via the touchscreen interface, or login to Control Interface and press the "Connect" button under the "Connection"panel.
Normally disconnects will because by hardware issues, and the root cause will normally be listed under "Status" in the Control Interface "State"panel, or within the "Commands" panel where gcode is displayed.
NOTE: It is not unusual for the Voxel8 Developer's Kit Printer to display this error on a reboot before the home screen appears. If this happens, just hit the reconnect button and wait a few seconds before the reconnection happens. If you are having consistent and frequent disconnects, you should contact support.