Test your printer
- 3D printing
If you have bought the plastic parts you can skip this step!
Step 1: Set your printer settings
We recommend the following printer settings:
|Layer height||0.2mm or less|
|Brim||Recommended for all parts except main body.|
|Slice gap closing radius||0.001mm|
Do not print with supports.
The microscope has been designed to print without supports. Supports will damage the mechanism.
The microscope body has a custom brim included in the STL, and the condenser lens and optics module also contain small gaps. This may require you to set the slice gap closing radius.
As a general rule, strength is more important than surface finish, so very thin layers (less than 0.15mm or so) are unlikely to result in a microscope that performs any better, though it may approve the appearance.
Step 2: Testing your printer
Now we will test whether your printer can print the bridges in the microscope. Download and print the leg test file this will only use about 5 grams of PLA:
The result should look like this (this has been printed with a brim):