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STEPCRAFT 3D printer

All of the STEPCRAFT machines can be configured to 3D printer mode. Take advantage of the Modular design and simply swap the Proxxon spindle (or other) adaptor from the 43mm mounting collar on the machine, and put the 3D printer module in instead.

STEPCRAFT 3D printer operation

The STEPCRAFT 3D printer uses an extruding system to push a 3mm PLA plastic filament through a heated nozzle. The machine moves the nozzle to print a plastic layer. The layers must be generated by specific 3D printer software that is provided with the STEPCRAFT 3D printing system

What do you need to use your STEPCRAFT as a 3D printer?

You will need the STEPCRAFT 3D printer tool as shown in the image. This consists of the 3D print head that sits in the 43mm collar of any of the STEPCRAFT machines, and the thermal controller and spool mount for the plastic PLA material. You will also need the Slicing software (that comes with the STEPCRAFT 3D printer package) and a Gcode based machine controller (WinPC USB full version, Mach3, UCCNC)

What software do I need to use the STEPCRAFT 3D printer

The STEPCRAFT 3D printer comes with its own “slicer software”. The software can be used to import 3D files (in STL format). The 3D file is then sliced into layers and toolpaths are generated to allow the machine to reproduce the 3D part – layer – by layer. The output from the slicer software is 4 axis Gcode. Therefore you will require a full machine controller / Gcode interpreter to use the system. WinPC USB full version, Mach3 and UCCNC software are three different machine controllers. We recommend the use of UCCNC or Mach3 with the 3D printer.

How does the STEPCRAFT 3D printer work?

The STEPCRAFT 3D printing system feeds a filament of 3mm PLA plastic through a brass nozzle that has been heated to the melting point of the plastic. The machine is used to move the nozzle to where the plastic is needed. Typically 2D layers are built up in stages using the printing nozzle until your 3D part is finished.

Mach3 control of the 3D printer

The STEPCRAFT repetier host software that comes with the 3D printer system for the STEPCRAFT machine outputs Gcode. We have configures the system to be compatible with Mach3. The tutorial video below shows a step by step guide to operating the STEPCRAFT machine as a 3D printer.