Voxel8 Logo Print Instructions
- If you are new to the Voxel8 Printing Platform, then please refer to the Getting Started with the Voxel8 Developer's Kit document for an overview.
- Download G-code file “V8_logo_demo.gcode”. You may also download the entire project if you wish to run the files through the Voxel8 Dashboard yourself: V8_logo_demo.zip
- Ensure your printer is powered up with the height of the FFF nozzle is calibrated and a fresh silver nozzle on the syringe.
- Upload “V8_logo_demo.gcode" to the Voxel8 Control interface (i.e. OctoPrint) for your printer.
- In the Voxel8 Control interface (i.e. OctoPrint), under Automation Scripts, click Align button.
- If the alignment is correct, silver will have printed over top of the plastic registration pattern. If this is the case, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, repeat alignment.
- Once the nozzles are aligned, you are ready to print. First use a razor blade to remove the registration patterns and then simply click the “Load and Print” button next to the “V8_logo_demo.gcode" file.
- The print will now begin and you should start seeing the outline of a plastic triangle.
- The printer will run automatically for just over 1 hour, after which time it will pause on its own.
- It is now time to insert components. Remove the bed and set it on a workbench (see Picture 001, below).
Picture 001: Build Plate is removed and ready for component insertion.
- Use tweezers to press the reed switch into its cavity. Screw one of the red nozzles onto the end of a bottle of superglue. Apply a small amount of glue to the bottom of the resistor cavity and insert the resistor. Without any superglue, place the coin cell battery in its cavity and look at it from the side to see if the tabs are the same height as the plastic surface. If they need any correction, bend them as necessary. Once the tabs look correct, use a significant amount of superglue to hold down the battery (see Picture 002).
Picture 002: Components are not inserted.
- Replace the bed and click the resume button in the Voxel8 Control Interface (i.e. OctoPrint) or on the LCD screen on the front of the printer to resume the print. It should start filling over the component cavities with plastic and then make connections between the components with silver. The printer will then run again for roughly another 45 minutes.
- The printer will pause itself once more. When you are ready, click resume in the Voxel 8 Control Interface (i.e. OctoPrint) or on the LCD screen and the printer will apply extra silver to the bottom of the LED cavity. It will pause again once this is complete.
- Use the superglue with a nozzle on it to apply some glue in between the two traces in the cavity. This step is very important. Too much glue will cover the traces and prevent electrical conductivity but too little glue will not be able to hold the LED down and keep in it contact with the traces. Apply enough glue to just about cover the plastic gap in between the two traces (see Picture 003).
Picture 003: LED will be inserted into the cavity.
- Use tweezers to insert the LED with the notched corner marking in the bottom right when you are looking at the logo face-up. Press the LED down so it adheres to the glue (see Picture 004).
Picture 004: The LED has been glued into place.
- You can now test the connection to the LED by holding a magnet near the left side of the logo and seeing if the LED lights up (see Picture 005). If it works, move on to the next step. If it does not, use tweezers to remove the superglue and try again to make a good connection.
Picture 005: LED has a good connection with the battery and circuity.
- Once again, replace the bed and resume the print and it will finish off with a few more layers to cover the LED (see Picture 006).
Picture 006: LED has been covered by thermoplastic layers.
- Success! Your Voxel8 Verification Print is complete. Hold a magnet near the left side of the logo and the LED should light up (see Picture 007).
Picture 007: The completed Voxel8 Verification print is turned on by magnets activating the reed switch.