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01: 3D Printing


  • Freeside


For general use by members. Treat equipment as if it were your own and put away as or better than you found it.


TODO: specify all the restrictions

  • Use only with members-only terminal connected to Kraken


Freeside member Redbeard designed this custom build reprap machine. In 2012, Redbeard taught a series of 3D printing classes/meetups and used the proceeds to donate all the material and hardware to Freeside. The printer was assembled and commissioned by Freeside members.

Basic Instructions

TODO: complete instructions on use

  • Log in with your credentials to the attached members-only terminal
  • Check that the print-bed is square and centered on the platform. The print-bed is currently not attached to the y-carriage is simply resting on top of the carriage. If the print-bed is found skewed, carefully place it back on the support pads and verify levelness. If the print-bed is found out of level, follow troubleshooting guide listed below.
  • The only tweaks you should need to make for your prints are layer thickness and infill style/density related.
  • Please do not change the bed level or limit switches.
  • Turn off machine when done

Basic Operational Knowledge

  • How to home it.
  • How to load and unload filament (optional, but you'll be stuck with the loaded plastic type and color)
  • How to slice and send a job to it.
  • How to abort a failed job.
  • How to properly remove a print once it has completed.

Advanced Operational Knowledge

There are some more advanced tasks that not everyone needs to know to print, but needs to know to troubleshoot:

  • How to level a bed
  • How to replace the covering on a bed
  • How to tighten belts, fix misaligned axises, replace worn out parts, etc.

Specifications and Detailed Instructions

TODO: complete specifications, links to documentation, etc.


  • Keep loose hair and sleeves away from all moving parts.
  • *****WARNING***** Long/loose hair may become entangled in the z-axis(vertical) threaded rods and all motor pulleys and idlers.
  • Kraken Print-bed operating temperature is 60°C (140°F)
  • Kraken Print nozzle/extruder operating temperature range is 185-200°C (365-392°F)


TODO: specify safety requirements

  • Keep loose hair and sleeves away from all moving parts.
  • Do not touch the printer nozzle/extruder while hot during print cycle.
  • PLA Plastic MSDS
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