Starting a Print

1 Quick Start

This process describes the high-level steps to take in order to ensure your success with the AON-M2. Please ensure that all sub-referenced articles are read in their entirety as this article is only meant to serve as a universal quick start guide.

1.1 Clean the Machine

Before starting a print, it is important to ensure that the machine is clean and that there is no purged filament around the lead screws or linear guides. Use a hand broom and dustpan for the larger pieces, and a vacuum for the smaller pieces. Do not use compressed air to clean the machine as you may risk pushing pieces of filament into the motion system. For more information please read article: Clean the Build Chamber

1.2 Load the Build Plate

Read the Build Plate Preparation guide to learn how to properly install the build plate for printing. Before starting a print, wipe the bed down with isopropyl alcohol to ensure that there is no grease on the bed that might prevent the first layer from adhering the the build surface.

1.3 Load Filament

Be sure to read our Filament Loading page for complete instructions on how to load your filament. 

Before you start a print, ensure there is enough filament on the spool before the print begins. Simplify3D provides an estimate of the amount of filament required for each part in the G-Code viewer, as shown here: 

Measure the amount of filament on the spool, and compare that measurement to the estimate on Simplify3D. The estimate will be accurate as long as the filament density in the settings profile is accurate. This setting can be found under the "Other" tab.

1.4 Load a File

Connect to the printer with a supported browser like chrome or firefox using the ip address seen on the printer under the network tab. On the files tab you should see at the top, an upload files button. Click that button and it will allow you to upload a G-Code file from your computer. A G-Code file is a file that has been sliced by a slicer software like Simplify 3D. With this your model is ready to start printing.

Before you press print beside the file, heat the nozzles up to the temperature that the first layer is printing at. This way the extruder is not attempting to push material through a cold nozzle.

1.5 Preheat the Machine

Due to laws of physics, materials expand when they are heated. Preheat times for the different ranges of temperatures can be seen in our Standard Printer Preheat Times document. The preheat times should be followed after the bed, and chamber reach the desired temperature. For quick access the preheat times for the AON M2 after the machine reaches the set temperature are below.  

2 Starting a Print

2.1 Level the Bed

Once thermal stability is met, and the filament is free from the nozzle, you are ready to level the bed and perform calibrations. Please read our article on how to perform Bed Levelling. Bed leveling should be performed every time that the machine changes temperature significantly (> 10ºC).

2.2 Calibrate the Toolheads

If the printer needs XY calibration please do so according to the XY Calibration document. The information on when a XY calibration needs to be performed is included in the document.

2.3 Preheat the Toolheads

Heat the toolheads up to the temperature that is required for extrusion before you start the print. 

2.4 Start the Print

Press start on the file required on the "file" tab from the machine or computer. 

2.5 Evaluate the first layer

Ensure that the first layer is good before walking away. A good first layer is the foundation for a good print! You may have to fine tune your offset calibration. More information on how to fine tune the offset can be found under section 1.4 Fine-tune Offset Calibration in our Bed Levelling document.


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