I figure it might be good to start a topic that sort-of compiles useful guides together to make them easier to find, since the forum doesn’t allow signatures and guides can just disappear into the void. As such, in this first post, I’ll be listing all of the guides I’ve made, be it how to run projects, setup the machine, or repair something.
Keep in mind, I don’t want this JUST to be my guides (I’m not the only one with useful information after all!). So I invite others if they’ve written a guide, how-to, repair, etc. to share it here so people can scroll and find them easier. It also will help list any updated versions of guides (since this forum doesn’t allow editing of posts after a certain time)… I know I need to revisit and update a few of mine… ehem.
Anyway! In no particular order;
Haven’t found a good guide, so after some extensive testing and finally managing some good results, I figured I’d make a guide on how to do multiple passes using Luban. Please read the entire guide before starting, it seems daunting, but once you get through it once or twice, it’s quite simple.
Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for any possible damage to your machine or materials, although risk is very minimal if you follow along exactly as I am going to include images of my settings, setu…
Repeatable Laser Origin
My rotary guide (found
here) seemed to be well received, so I’m going to move onto the laser. This guide will be a bit shorter, as it’s not too involved, but is mostly to help increase repeatability, accuracy, and quality of your laser projects.
Likely any machinist will say a repeatable, accurate origin is a key component in quality production. You gotta know exactly where you start to know where you’re gonna end right? I know the snapmaker method is just eyeball it, be it with a mark and lini…
Multi-Pass 3D Engraving
In a bit of a follow up to my
Laser Guide and Rotary CNC Guide, I’ve decided to do a quick 3d relief guide for the snapmaker using Fusion 360. This guide assumes you know some basics of running the CNC, such as being able to jog the machine with the control app, set work origin, and set origins for the axes independently. There will also be some optional G-code changes and sizing done in other programs to achieve a better result.
Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for any possible damage to…
Repeatable CNC Origin
Alright, this guide is going to be a bit more quick and dirty than my other guides, since it’s mostly a setup and has a lot of variables you can play with. I’ll try to supplement with pictures though!
Keep in mind, this moves milling to the lower left of the work platform, due to the lack of rigidity, may present issue on deep/stressful cuts that apply enough pressure to deflect the surface. However most work shouldn’t be affected. A lot of things are out of the scope of this …
Non-Planar Laser Engraving
Sorry for taking so long to get this out, but here’s a guide following how I did the non-planar engraving examples.
NOTE: This is not completely comprehensive, I’m sure there’s several ways to do this, including custom post-processors, custom tools etc. This is just the method I used and the examples within are very simple, more complex use cases can be done and may require tricks not outlined here.
First off, I’m not great at Fusion360 yet, my job doesn’t afford me too much time to just sit a…
Repairing Filament Runout Switch
Since I repaired this snag, figured I’d share it. Decided to plunk the rarely used 3D module on, it worked for a bit, then filament runout… Swapped filament, aaand same thing. oboi. I checked into the guide here;
However, after taking it apart, I found out the sensor wasn’t loose, the clips on the top half of the switch had broken, so when the filament presses the switch bar, the entire cap of the switch lifted off instead of pressing the switch. From their video, circled in red is the clip t…
Full Control Via Lightburn
So… After a lot of testing…
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a guide, and this one was a long time coming. This guide will allow you to do your entire project in Lightburn, and (if connected via USB) run it directly from Lightburn. Letting you skip Luban or using the USB drive entirely.
A quick note, this guide, like most of mine, will assume you have some experience with the machine. As always, feel free to ask questions and I’ll try filling in any gaps you find. I’ll be posting the setup I u…
If you have a suggestion for a guide or other info, you can ask that as well. Maybe you’ll get a reply with a new link.
I also just enjoy trying to figure out how to do things in either more efficient ways, or things the machine might not have been made for/originally thought of. (like the non-planar guide) I just hope this can centralize the help/guide/repair links a bit better to reduce searching and repeated posts.
October 25, 2022, 10:00pm
These aren’t my guides, but I post links to them a lot:
First of all, congratulations to a great machine!
If you have any suggestions to this topic, feel free to send me a PM!
You are new to 3d printing?- Be patient. The whole thing is very complex and just little adjustments will make the difference from failed to pretty prints.
Start with easy, little things to create (1-3hours i would suggest) . Going to print the first time and then getting a 24h print on, maybe failes.
There is a lot to learn, if it didn´t work for a long time, cool off a bi…
I noticed that there’s no guide specifically for setting up octoprint on the original snapmaker here. I’ve done this for my A350, and just got an original, so I figured I’d put one together since there were a few things I had to look up in the process.
The process is relatively simple, most of what you need was already included with the machine.
NOTE: This setup will take you through a few things before connecting your machine, we’ll first want set up octoprint, and only connect to the machin…
IIRC, the forum has a mode where you can make your post edittable by other people. I’m not sure how, but
SnapLinks -- Wiki is an example. Actually, that’s probably a good one to add too. It’s not a guide per se, but it has a lot of guides linked.
@Slynold’s guide for using the camera with lightburn.
I removed the OBS camera and added the step to install
@Mayco s Snapmaker Lightburn Host.
as promised, here is a short tutorial on how to use the camera support of the Snapmaker Laser Module with Lightburn.
First of all: I came up with this when I looked at how to calibrate the camera for Lightburn. Only static images are needed, and we can easily create that with the 10 Watt Laser Module.
Actually, I’m a Linux person, but I made this stab wit…
EDIT: Gonna sneak a new one of mine in, a bit of an extension to the Full Lightburn Control guide.
Using Lightburn with the Rotary module;
This is going to be a quick guide on the settings/required modifications to use the rotary module with Lightburn.
I am sorry, but it will require following the beginning of my full lightburn control guide. Mainly flashing the custom firmware (as of writing, make sure you’re on the latest 1.14.3 before loading the custom firmware and do NOT turn the machine off until it’s done).
Follow along until the GCode header/footer section, for the rotary you only need M3 S0 in…
Advanced guide to use Lightburn to FULLY control the rotary.
I will start out by saying, I do NOT recommend this. This was mostly for me to test could it be done. Since I’m writing this guide… guess it can! For those who want to try it anyway, I’ll layout how to do it, but be warned. This is an advanced process. It will require a lot of double-checks, a bit of initial setup for origins, and a bit more gcode editing (nothing hard though, and most can be done with a batch script if someone chose to write it). That being said, onward I guess!
An add-on guide for the full lightburn control, allowing you to start them via wi-fi without Luban;
This is the “wireless” portion to round out my full Lightburn control guide, found here:
Since my main snapmaker (pretty much stays setup with the 10W + Enclosure) is far away from my PC, using a cable + Lightburn isn’t an option. I usually just used Luban to start files. However, as many of you know, their software is slow and iffy, so why not bypass it?
There’s a few pre-requisites and I’m setting this up on a windows machine. However, it shouldn’t be too hard to format for a linux machine…