Operating instructions for the Modix BIG-Meter and 120Z.

Safety Issues[edit | edit source]

  • The heated beds of both the printers are operated separately with the PID controllers located at the bottom of the frame.
  • The beds can reach upto 120 degrees C!
  • Remember to turn off the bed heating before removing the parts from the print bed.
  • Use protective gloves if necessary.

Personal protective equipment[edit | edit source]

PPE is to keep YOU safe so that you can keep doing what you want to do.

  1. Safety glasses – always required

Modix large format printers (BIG-Meter and 120Z)[edit | edit source]

  1. Room TEB 6.
  2. Modix BIG-Meter
  3. Modix BIG-120Z
  4. The printers are bought from 3D Printing Canada.
  5. Contact information is written on the sides of the printers.
  6. The BIG meter takes a single 240V power input and appropriate power delivery method should be provided.
  7. The 120Z takes two 110V inputs (one for the printer and one for the heated bed).
  8. THE EQUIPMENT MUST BE CONNECTED TO THE WALL OUTLETS AND NOT EXTENSION CHORDS!

First time startup and Calibration[edit | edit source]

  1. Place printer where you will have proper electrical hookups. We do NOT recommend using extension cords or power bars. You will need 2 110V circuits for the 120Z and 1 220V twist lock for the Big Meter
  2. Level them up to the floor using the adjustable feet and rubber adjusters.
  3. Remove all wrapping.
  4. Then you can disconnect all the zip ties
  5. Bolt on the Spool holders
  6. Bolt on the clog sensors on the left side, E0 wire is for the front head, E1 is for the rear head.
  7. Bolt on the front screen if removed.
  8. By hand move the axis a little left and right, then move the heads little to rear to ensure all shipping fasteners are removed.
  9. Now you can plug the printer in and using the switch on the control box or at the screen go ahead and power the printer up.
  10. Connect it to Wi-Fi (instructions below)
  11. ALL firmware updated and Macros and config files have been installed already.
  12. DO NOT DO A HOME ALL
  13. Home each axis independently so its easier to tell what if anything fails. Sometimes wires come loose in shipping is much easer to troubleshoot this way. Please call me if you have any issues at all.
  14. When attempting to home the Z axis, as soon as the axis starts to move reach into the printer is gently touch the probe on the BLtouch sensor and ensure the bed stops moving immediately. Once you can confirm the BLtouch sensor is working. Click Home Z again and let it come all the way to the top.
  15. Once all this is complete, In the console type G28 (home Printer)
  16. Next run G32 (auto tram the bed to the gantry)
  17. Run G29 (probe bed to build mesh for printing)
  18. Download and install your slicing software and configure it.

Connecting to Wi-Fi[edit | edit source]

The printers run on Duet3D open source control boards.

To connect the printers to the network, follow the instructions on the page linked below.

https://docs.duet3d.com/User_manual/Machine_configuration/Networking

Once the printers are connected to the network, they can be accessed and controlled via the IP address shown on the printer screen.

Operation & Procedure[edit | edit source]

  • Firmware update
  • Slicer profiles
  • calibration guides
  • material profiles

All are provided on the user link.

The username and password are sent to the FAST group email and should be starred to access all the relevant information.

Shutdown[edit | edit source]

SINCE THE BED HEATERS ARE NOT CONTROLLED BY THE SLICING SOFTWARE, THE SWITCHES SHOULD BE TURNED OFF AFTER THE PRINT IS DONE!

References[edit | edit source]


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Created October 25, 2023 by 72.143.43.78
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