Handy 3D printing tips by CREAT3D: Day 1 with the UP Plus 2
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Sabina Gonzalez-George
The UP Plus 2 is an excellent desktop 3D printer, reliably producing small prints in ABS. Whilst you need to have your laptop or computer connected to the 3D printer to control it and send your model to print, you can then disconnect during printing, and leave it to do its thing. You need to get to know your way around the software, but it’s worth it, with the UP Plus 2 generating good quality prints in ABS, with a great surface finish. We’ve printed some particularly small detailed items on it, and had great results.
Here’s our short guide on setting up the UP Plus 2 desktop 3D printer for the first time.
The UP! Plus 2 is well packaged and comes with everything you need, so you don’t need to start getting extra tools or equipment. As soon as you open it you get a feel for the rapid replication ethos, with many of the UP! parts having been 3D printed, like the print head casing for example. The test files included with the printer are actually its own replacement parts.
There’s a CD to install the UP! software install, but it’s worth noting this is for Windows operating systems only. If you want a Mac version, you can download it from the UP website. The user manual has screenshots showing both Windows and Mac applications in menu options as the format is slightly different to run on Mac. Most of the menu options in your Mac version of the software will be in the top navigation bar. Whilst the UP! software is not the most intuitive, it is not overly complicated and pretty simple to use.
We’d recommend following the user manual for set-up as it has a good step-by-step guide. The auto-levelling procedure is quite straight forward, as is the nozzle height detection process. However, it’s worth spending a bit of extra time regarding applying the data from the nozzle height detection process to setting the nozzle height in the software.
Don’t forget that the UP! Plus 2 has to be connected to a PC or Mac for setup and sending your file to print. You need to “Initialise” the printer prior to print and then as soon as it has transferred the build file data, you can disconnect the cable as the 3D printer as an in-built memory.
The UP! Plus 2 desktop 3D printer comes with a perforated metal build platform which is removable. It’s worth heating up the print bed to around 100°C prior to starting a print, so that you have a good adhesion with the first layer of ABS. You can check the current temperature of the build platform in the “Maintenance” menu.
When removing a model, use the sharp spatula and protective gloves that come with the printer, as it will be much easier. Don’t be tempted to remove the plastic from the holes in the platform for the next print as it works better with them in there.
The UP Plus 2 is an excellent desktop 3D printer, reliably producing small prints in ABS. Whilst you need to have your laptop or computer connected to the 3D printer to control and send your model to print, you can then remove it during print, and leave it to do its thing. You need to get to know your way around the software, but it’s worth it, with the UP Plus 2 generating good quality prints in ABS. We’ve printed some particularly small detailed items on it, and had great results.
£1,278.00 incl. VAT. UP Plus 2 desktop 3D printer, in stock. Available to order now.