Emberprinter.com: Create and Send Print Jobs

Introduction:

The emberprinter.com website enables you to load your 3D models, define their print settings, slice them, and send them to your connected Ember printer. 

First, you'll need log in. If you've already set up an Autodesk account, you can login using these credentials. If you don’t have an Autodesk account, you can either create one, or login with credentials from Google, Facebook, etc.

The login window looks like this: 

Once you've logged in, you'll have access to all the features of Ember's web portal. The site will look like this, prompting you to load your print file: 

Step 1: Load your print-ready 3D model

Printing most models on Ember requires that they have supports added to them (which you will remove in the post-production process). Currently, you need to generate supports in another application, such as Meshmixer. For instructions on how to do this, click here.

Once you have a supported model that's ready to print, choose one of the three options on the home page of emberprinter.com, under "Load your print file from..." and upload your model.

Step 2: Confirm your model in the 3D viewer

Once your model has uploaded, it will display in the 3D viewer, looking like this:

Confirm that you have uploaded the correct model, and that it looks ready for printing. Then click "Next" in the upper right-hand corner of the page to proceed to the Print Settings page.

Step 3: Enter your print settings

On the Print Settings page, you specify the values that determine how your 3D model will be sliced and printed. It looks like this: 

In the Print Name area, you can change the name of your print job (which automatically inherits the name of your uploaded .STL).

In the Material pulldown, you can select different resin presets. The default PR48 material refers to Autodesk's Standard Clear Prototyping resin, which shipped with your Ember printer.

Note: Additional material presets will be added in time

The Layer Thickness setting enables you to change the resolution in the Z-axis. Note that if you select a value other than the 25 microns, you'll need to change the exposure settings, in the Advanced Settings section.

Unless you're an advanced user, it's recommended that you leave the Layer Thickness and Advanced Settings at their defaults.  If you do wish to change the print settings check out this article to understand more about the different parameters.

Click the Next button to slice your model, using the settings that have been specified on this page.

Step 4: Review your print slices

Once your model has been sliced, the slices of your model will appear in a window with controls on the right that enable you to scrub through the layers. It looks like this: 

This feature exists for advanced users who want to confirm that their model was sliced as expected, before starting the print.

Note that in the example shown, there are 2,453 slices, and layer 857 is being shown (which is shown as 857/2453 above the vertical slider on the right).

Note: You can step through single slices by clicking on the vertical slice slider, and then pressing the "Up" and "Down" arrows on your keyboard. 

Click Next to create the print job, you then have two options to send the data to the printer.

  1. Via Network (if your printer is paired with Emberprinter.com, if not see this tutorial)
  2. Via USB

Step 5: Send Job via Network

Your printer needs to be networked connected to send jobs via the network (see this tutorial if it isn't)

 

    1. Under "Choose a Printer," find the printer you'd like to send the job to
    2. Click the blue "Print" button to the right of the online printer of your choice to send the print data to that printer.
    3. You'll get a success message when a job has been successfully sent to the printer and unpacked

Note:

In this example, many printers are paired with this account, five of them are online and ready to print.

You're now ready to print! See the Pre-Print Checklist before hitting "Start" on the Control Panel.

Step 6: Send Job via USB

To send jobs via USB you need to have installed the network over USB drivers (except if you're using Linux where no drivers are needed), see this tutorial if the drivers aren't installed.

  1. Click  the icon below "Download the print ready file..." to download the print job to your computer 
  2. The print job will be called "your-printname.tar.gz" and will be saved in your default browser download location.
  3. Note on some operating systems, the .tar.gz will automatically be uncompressed to a .tar file. If this happens, the "your-printname.tar.gz" will be replaced with a "your-printname.tar" file, and the original "your-printname.tar.gz" will be placed in the trash. In order to manually load the print data, you must use the .tar.gz. Attempting to load the .tar (lacking the .gz) will not work.
  4. Connect your computer to Ember via the provided USB cable, the USB Type A connector should plug into your computer and the USB mini connector into the USB mini port in the front of Ember below the Control Panel
  5. With Ember powered on, open a web browser on your computer, navigate to the Load Print Job Page (http://192.168.7.2/)
  6. Click upload a print job and browse to the "your-printname.tar.gz" file that you prepared and downloaded in the first step
  7. Upon successful upload of a print job you will receive a success message in the browser

You're now ready to print! See the Pre-Print Checklist before hitting "Start" on the Control Panel.

 

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