Print a Part


Goals:


Note: The print head will become hot during the printing process. Exercise caution when working near the nozzles.

If your printer is connected to Eiger, printing is as easy as pressing a button. Before you start printing, make sure the print bed is set up and glued. Follow the instructions in Adjust Part Orientation, below, then continue on to one of the following subsections:

 

Adjust Part Orientation

  1. Open your part in Eiger and configure it as needed. Change the part’s orientation on the bed by clicking on a face of the part in the main view (which will make that face the base of the print), or by selecting Manual Rotation and entering the desired values.



  2. Press Save.



  3. If desired, you can inspect and edit layers by clicking the Internal View button in the bottom right corner of the page.
  4. Click the Print button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  5. Move the part to the desired position on the print bed.



  6. Enable or disable the Cloud Print Generation toggle button as desired. (With Cloud Print Generation enabled, the .MFP file will be generated remotely, on the Eiger server, rather in your web browser.)


 

Print to an Online, Available Printer

  1. Select a printer from the Select Printer drop-down menu, listed under Available.



  2. Press the Print button.



  3. Verify the print details and address any material warnings listed in the pop-up window.
  4. Select Print Now.


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Print to an Online, Busy Printer

  1. Select a printer from the Select Printer drop-down menu, listed under Busy.



  2. Press the Print button.



  3. Verify the print details and address any material warnings listed in the pop-up window.



  4. Select Add to Queue to add the print to the end of the print job queue for that printer, or select Print Next to add the print to the top of the print job queue for that printer.

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Print to an Offline Printer

Important: Do not use the factory reset USB drive that came with your printer.

Supplies

  • USB drive (FAT32 format) or USB-A to USB-B cable

  

Print via USB Drive

  1. Select Export Build from the Select Printer drop-down menu, listed under Download.



  2. Press the Export Build button.



  3. Save the desired file to the root directory of a FAT32-formatted USB drive.
    Note: Your MFP file cannot be in a folder. When naming your MFP file, please limit the characters in the file name to ASCII characters. Your printer will not recognize file names with non-standard ASCII characters.
  4. Eject the USB drive from your computer and plug it into the USB port on the back of the printer.
  5. Select the menu icon from the dashboard.



  6. Select Storage.



  7. Select Print From Storage.
    Note: Markforged printers do not recognize encrypted devices. If the Print From Storage tile is grayed out, consult your IT department to ensure that your USB drive and its contents are not encrypted. 

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  8. Select the part file from the onscreen list and press Print.

 

Print via USB Cable

To print a file directly from your computer, use the USB-A to USB-B cable from the accessory kit to transfer the exported MFP file to the printer as if it were an external drive.

  1. Select Export Build from the Select Printer drop-down menu, listed under Download.


     
  2. Press the Export Build button.


     
  3. Use the USB-A to USB-B cable to connect the computer containing the MFP file to the USB-B port on the printer.
    Note: This is different from the USB port where you would insert a thumb drive into the printer.
  4. On the computer, the printer will appear among the list of external drives. Open it in the filesystem as you would a thumb drive.
  5. Copy the MFP file to the printer.
  6. On the computer, eject the printer as you would a thumb drive.
  7. On the printer’s touchscreen, select the menu icon from the dashboard.



  8. Select Storage.



  9. Select Print from Storage.
    Note: Markforged printers do not recognize encrypted devices. If the Print From Storage tile is grayed out, consult your IT department to determine whether your computer is encrypted. If so, you will need to print online or via USB drive instead; see above for more information. 

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  10. Select the MFP file you just transferred to the printer and press Print.

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