Resources

In order to succeed in the competition, you need to get to the prototype manufacturing phase as fast as possible. Once the printer is manufactured, you should expect 2-4 weeks  of debugging and troubleshooting before being able to print your competition piece. By that point, you should have a final version of your printer’s top-level CAD assembly file, a precise manufacturing plan and a supply plan that will ensure that all purchased parts for your printer will arrive on time for manufacturing. The competition provides you with a kit of common parts that will help you deal with the issue. As an indicator, previous successful teams finish purchasing their outsourced parts by the end of January. As a last piece of advice, you should create a Gantt chart that not only accounts for CAD-ing, top level assembly, purchasing lead-time, manufacturing but also takes in consideration the writing of the reports, video editing, academic midterms and finals.

To help your learning process, we have put a list of online resources that can help you orient in this creation process. This list will be in evolution during the first months on 2017 and a webinar to answer your questions will be set up mid-January.

Please contact Competition Organizers for more information.

 

CSME Competition Kit

For your convenience and to help you with lead times on common 3D Printer parts, we have made a Kit available to you. It is highly suggested for any new team to purchase the Kit as it is sold at a price lower than cost since it has been bought in bulk. Experience from previous years shows that having those parts available in the beginning of the design process is of a huge help since lead times from necessary low-cost Chinese companies such as Alibaba or Aliexpress  can be as much as 1-3 months.

PART NAME QTY
J-head V6 Hotend 1.75mm 1
3M Teflon Bowden Tube 1.75mm 1
1.75mm tube coupler 2
Wiring Kit 1
Nema 17 stepper motors (SOLDby4) – 4 motors by kit 4
GT2 20 tooth Timing Pulleys And 2 Meters Of GT2 Belt 3
Mechanical limit switch (SOLDby10s) – 3 switches by kit 3
Arduino Mega 2560 R3 microcontroller 1
1.4 RAMPS controller 1
MK7 Hobbed pulley for extruder 1
Stepper motor driver for RAMPS 1.4 5

 

Basics/General:

http://blog.cnccookbook.com/2013/03/25/3d-printing-101-part-1-3d-printer-basics/

http://blog.cnccookbook.com/2013/04/02/3d-printing-101-part-2-mechanics/

http://blog.cnccookbook.com/2013/04/16/3d-printing-101-part-3-electronics/

http://blog.cnccookbook.com/2013/05/01/3d-printing-101-part-4-software/

http://3dprinting.com/

Book on building your own: https://reprapbook.appspot.com/

http://reprap.org/

What is a 3D printer?http://www.3ders.org/3d-printer.html

What is an STL file? https://all3dp.com/what-is-stl-file-format-extension-3d-printing/

 

Electronics:

http://reprap.org/wiki/List_of_electronics

http://reprap.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Electronics

Arduino IDE: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

Ramps 1.4 wiring diagram:

http://www.nextdayreprap.co.uk/images/nextday3dprinters/Reprap_Prusa_Mendel_Build_Manual/2500_2500__Reprap_Prusa_ramps_diagram.jpeg

 

Firmware:

Breakdown: http://www.reprap.org/wiki/List_of_Firmware

Repetier Configurator: https://www.repetier.com/firmware/v092/

Marlin Configurator: http://marlinbuilder.robotfuzz.com/

Sailfish: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:32084/

Marlin vs. Repetier vs. Sailfish: http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?4,161124,174248

Steps per mm calculator: http://prusaprinters.org/calculator/

 

Hardware:

Types: https://all3dp.com/know-your-fdm-3d-printers-cartesian-delta-polar-and-scara/

Mechanics: http://reprap.org/wiki/Category:Mechanical_arrangement

Delta Kinematics: http://reprap.org/wiki/Delta_geometry

Motion control: http://ridingmode.com/stepper-motor/?utm_source=Engi01&utm_medium=Engi01

 

Calibration + Troubleshooting:

Pictorial guide: http://reprap.org/wiki/Print_Troubleshooting_Pictorial_Guide

Pictorial guide: https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/

How to: https://www.3dhubs.com/talk/thread/howto-calibrate-tune-and-fine-tune-your-printer-and-filament

http://reprap.org/wiki/Calibration

 

Filament:

https://www.3dhubs.com/materials

https://all3dp.com/best-3d-printer-filament-types-pla-abs-pet-exotic-wood-metal/

https://filaments.ca/

Intro to filaments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy26jm9zYto

 

Flowchart Example:

Source: http://reprap.org/mediawiki/images/thumb/0/06/CAM_flow.png/650px-CAM_flow.png

 

Quality Vs. Time:

Source: http://shop.prusa3d.com/217-thickbox_default/original-prusa-i3-mk2-kit.jpg

 

Slicers+Hosts:

Slic3r (slicer only): http://slic3r.org/

Cura (host+slicer): https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software

Simplify3D (host+slicer): https://www.simplify3d.com/

Pronterface (host only +slic3r integration): http://www.pronterface.com/

Repetier Host (Host + slic3r integration): https://www.repetier.com/

Shells and layer height and infill discussion:

http://blog.teambudmen.com/2013/09/understanding-shells-layer-height-and.html

https://3dprint.com/82668/infill-shells-3d-printing/

Octoprint: http://octoprint.org/

 

CAD Softwares:

Fusion 360: http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators

Solidworks:http://www.solidworks.com/sw/education/6438_ENU_HTML.htm

OnShape: https://www.onshape.com/

Autodesk Inventor:http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/inventor-professional

3D model resources:

Thingivese: www.thingiverse.com

Youmagine: https://www.youmagine.com/

GrabCAD: https://grabcad.com/

List: https://all3dp.com/best-sites-free-stl-files-3d-printing/

 

Buying parts:

http://reprap.org/wiki/Canadian_Suppliers

https://www.alibaba.com  – Cheap but long lead times

https://www.aliexpress.com – Cheap but long lead times

 

Youtube Chanels:

Thomas Sanladerer: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThomasSanladerer/

3d printing nerd: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_7aK9PpYTqt08ERh1MewlQ

Makers Muse: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxQbYGpbdrh-b2ND-AfIybg

 

Going further:

http://3dtopo.com/lostPLA/

http://www.erectorbot.com/erectostruder-granule-fed-extruder-by-erectorbot/

http://blog.zmorph3d.com/3d-printed-tools-replacement-parts/

https://all3dp.com/cool-things-to-3d-print-useful/