MAKEiT Printer Overview

Standard Components

  1. MAKEiT Pro 3D Printer
  2. Dual Nozzle Extruder Module
  3. Removable Build Plate
  4. Filament Guide Tubes
  5. 0.4mm Nozzles
  6. Spare Parts and Tool Kit

Standard Tool Kit and Spare Parts

  1. USB Cable
  2. Power Cable
  3. USB/SD Combo Card
  4. Short Part Removal Tool
  5. Long Part Removal Tool
  6. Metal Brush for Extruder Cleaning
  7. 2.5mm Hex Driver
  8. 7mm Socket Driver
  9. Teflon Lubricant
  10. Glue Stick
  11. Spare Guide Tube
  12. Spare 0.4mm Nozzle
  13. Spare Build Sheet
  14. Spare Quick Connectors

*Upgraded packages include additional accessories and components as specified on their product pages.


Interface Control Descriptions

For a video description of MAKEiT printers’ control interface please see our Basic Menu Interface video.

Front Toggle Switch

Located on the front of the printer to the right of the SD card slot, the Front Toggle Switch has multiple functions including:

  • On – Pressing the toggle switch UP while the printer is OFF, will power the printer ON
  • Off – Pressing the toggle switch DOWN while the printer is ON, will turn power to the printer OFF
  • Move Bed Forward/Backward – Pressing the toggle switch UP while the printer is ON and IDLE will cause the print bed to move towards end stops and disengage motors.
  • Firmware Update Mode – Pressing the toggle switch DOWN for 10 seconds, releasing, then pressing UP will boot the printer into update mode

Control Dial

Located at right of the LCD display, the Control Dial can ROTATE for navigating menus and PRESS for making selections. This dial is used for starting prints, adjusting settings, pausing or cancelling prints, calibration, and most of the other functions necessary for operating your printer:

  • From Main Info Screen, ROTATE the Control Dial to access the Tuning Menu
  • From Main Info Screen, PRESS the Control Dial to access the Setup Menu
  • Within a menu screen, ROTATE the Control Dial to navigate up and down, and PRESS to SELECT the currently highlighted option
  • To exit a menu or navigate to an upper level folder, SELECT the first option listed, usually written in all caps
  • Within a setting entry dialog, ROTATE the Control Dial to adjust the setting and PRESS to commit the change

SD Card Slot

The SD Card Slot is located on the front of the printer to the left of the Front Toggle Switch. When an SD card is inserted into the slot any .gcode files or folders containing files will be accessible for use from the on-board menu. To remove an SD card once inserted, press the card into the printer and it will release and pop outward.

The SD Card Slot is compatible with many Wi-Fi enabled SD cards. Gcode files loaded onto the cards remotely will be available through the printer’s on-board menu. Please note, Wi-Fi enabled SD cards do not allow remote control of the printer, only the loading of gcode files remotely.


Power Supply Switch

Located on the back side of the printer is the Power Supply Switch. Generally this switch should remain in the ON position under normal use. This switch should only be turned off if the printer is undergoing service, being prepared for shipping, being stored or left unused for a period of time, or other similar situations.


Menu Structure and Descriptions

Menu Structure Diagram


Display and Menu Function Descriptions

Startup Screen

This screen appears for 3-5 seconds after the printer first turns on, and indicates your printer model and current firmware version.


Startup Screen – Firmware Update Mode

When the printer is turned on in Firmware Update Mode there will be a delay of approximately 15 seconds before the startup screen appears. The update mode then has a 2 minute window to begin the firmware update process. See the user manual for detailed instructions on the firmware update process.


Main Info Screen

This is the default/idle display when the printer is at rest and other functions are not in use. The top row displays nozzle temperatures in degrees Celsius.

The second row shows bed temperature on left and current Z-axis height on the right. (If the Z indication is flashing “???” it means the printer has not been homed since turning on and does not have an accurate reading of Z-height. Using Auto Home or any other function that causes the printer to take a Z-height reading will replace “???” with the current Z-height value.)

The third row displays print speed or “feed rate” as a % on the left, completion percentage of current print in the center, and total duration of current print on the right. The bottom row is a text indication for system messages and instructions.


Tuning Menu

The Tuning Menu is accessed from the Main Info Screen by turning the Control Dial. The Tuning Menu has settings for temperature, speed, cooling, flow, and nozzle distance adjustment. Once inside the Tuning Menu, ROTATE the dial to highlight menu options and PRESS down to SELECT. After opening a tuning option, ROTATE the dial to set the desired value and PRESS down on the dial to commit the setting. Settings changed from this menu can be used to override settings that were chosen while slicing the print file.

Nozzle Temp 1 & 2: This sets temperatures for the printer nozzles, and is indicated in degrees Celsius

Bed Temp: This sets temperature for the heated bed, and is indicated in degrees Celsius.

Speed: This value will adjust your print speed as a percentage modifier based on speed settings chosen while slicing the print file. This is a global modifier for all speeds, including print features, non-printing travel motion, retractions, etc. Caution: Using this modifier to increase speed significantly may result in retraction or travel motion speeds that are too fast. If speed is increased too much, retractions may begin to grind the filament or travel motion may cause the axes belts to skip.

Fan Speed: This is a pulse width modulation (PWM) value to control speed of the printhead cooling fan. Because it is a PWM value it displays a range from 0-255, with 255 being highest and 0 being lowest. Even when set to 0 the fan may continue to spin.

Flow 1 & 2: This is a percentage modifier for flow rate or extrusion modifiers. Raising or lowering this value will increase or decrease the amount of filament that is fed, without adjusting any other print speeds or values.

Nozzle Distance: This adjusts the vertical separation distance between the printer nozzle and the bed. Increasing this value will raise the nozzle further from the print bed, decreasing the value will bring the nozzle closer to the print bed. Use this adjustment to counteract errors in leveling or to micro-adjust for the best possible first layer bed adhesion. This setting is not permanently committed to the printer’s memory and will reset to 0 when the printer is turned off. If you wish to commit this adjustment to memory, after making the adjustment go to the printer’s Maintenance menu and choose “Save Settings”


Setup Menu

The Setup Menu is accessed from the Main Info Screen by pressing down on the Control Dial. The Setup Menu provides access for the majority of controls and settings needed for running prints and basic printer maintenance.<


SD Card Menu

Provides access for starting .gcode print files loaded on the printer’s SD card. This menu also allows for navigation of folders contained within the SD card, a useful function for organizing print files by project, user, or material.


Duplication ON/OFF

When OFF, printer will print files normally as set on SD card. When ON, printer will copy the print from nozzle 1 to nozzle 2 simultaneously, producing two identical parts, one from each nozzle. This is a blind copy feature and turning duplication ON for a print that is not properly sized or placed for duplication can cause print issues. For example, printing a part wider than the distance between the nozzles with duplication ON will cause the two parts to fuse together and overlap. Similarly, setting a print for nozzle 1 very close to the right edge of the print bed, then running the print with duplication ON will cause nozzle 2 to print off the edge of the print bed. On-board duplication is only compatible with SD card printing, for duplication while USB printing and more please check the section in the manual for reference.


Switch Nozzles ON/OFF

This option allows you to select which nozzle the printer will use, regardless of which nozzle was specified while setting up the initial file. If the file is set for nozzle 1, putting this option ON will cause it to print from nozzle 2, and vice-versa. This option is locked out while Duplication is ON, and is only available for SD card printing and not USB printing.


Auto Home

This will cause the print head and bed to home on all axes and return to starting position.


Preheat

This submenu contains options for preheating, cooldown, and for adjusting their related settings.

Cooldown/Power off: Choosing this option will set temperatures to 0 and turn the cooling fan on maximum. Once temperatures are low and stable the printer will power off.

Preheat All: This option will set all temperatures to the saved preheat settings and turn the cooling fan on

Preheat Bed: This option will heat only the bed to the saved preheat temperature

Preheat Nozzles: This option will heat only the nozzles to the preset temperature and turn the cooling fan on

Settings: This allows you to change your preheat settings for temperature, cooling, and whether or not the printer will automatically preheat when turned on.

Fan Speed: This is the fan speed setting, displayed as a 0-255 PWM value, that will be used for preheating.

Nozzle Temp: This is the nozzle temperature setting, shown in Celsius, to be used for preheating.

Bed Temp: This is the bed temperature setting, shown in Celsius, to be used for preheating.

Power Up: Choose which items will preheat automatically, if any, when the printer is first turned on.

Save Settings: Select this to save your settings after making any changes in the preheat menu. If settings are not saved they will revert to previous/default settings after printer restart.


Filament

This menu controls loading and unloading filament, manually advancing filament, and adjusting filament change temperature settings.

Nozzle Temp: This is the temperature that will be used when changing filaments. Adjust this setting based on which filament is in use and what temperatures are appropriate for that filament type. For example, PLA should be loaded between 210 and 220, while a higher temperature plastic like ASA may require temperatures of 250.

Remove Filament: This will remove the currently loaded filament. Before filament is removed, the printer will automatically advance the filament slightly to heat and soften the end of the material. This helps prevent breakage of material and prevents large blobs of material getting pulled through the feed mechanism.

Insert Filament: This will load a new filament. The Insert Filament process will start immediately upon choosing this option, so filament should be placed in the proper position for loading prior to selecting insert.

Move Filament: This allows manual advance/retraction of filament by turning the Control Dial. Use this for priming nozzles before a print, for cleaning out different color/type filament that was previously loaded, and to make sure filament flow is smooth at the nozzle after inserting a new filament.


Calibration

This menu gives access to the various calibration processes of the printer, including X-axis, Y-axis, and nozzle distance. For more information on calibration please check the Calibration Section of our reference manual.


Move

This menu allows control over all motion axes of the printer, including X, Y, Z, and extruders. Please note, while extruders can be manually advanced from both the Filament menu and the Move menu, only the Filament menu includes a minimum temperature lockout. This means that moving the extruder from the Move menu while the print head is cold can cause cold extrusion and wear to the filament.


Maintenance

This menu allows access to basic and advanced maintenance features and firmware settings for the printer. Use this menu to change nozzles, adjust speed and acceleration values, and adjust temperature lockouts. Please note: adjusting speed, acceleration, and temperature settings from within the Maintenance Menu is for experts only.

Nozzle Cleaning: This will activate the printer’s nozzle cleaning function, causing the printhead to auto home and then use the wire brush at the back of the print bed to clean the nozzles

Nozzle Exchange: Use this function to replace nozzles in the print head, or to clear a clogged nozzle. After selecting nozzle exchange, the print head will rise to provide clearance for nozzle access and heat the nozzles to loosen any hardened filament. Follow on-screen instructions or check the manual for further documentation.

Temperature: This menu provides advanced features for temperature monitoring and control, and is only intended for the most expert users. For more information try a web search of “marlin firmware temperature settings”.

Motion: This menu provides advanced control over acceleration and speed settings for firmware control and is only intended for the most expert users. For more information try a web search for “marlin firmware motion settings”.

Save Settings: This option will save any changes made from the maintenance menu and commit them to permanent memory. If settings are not saved, any changes will revert when the printer restarts.

Factory Settings: This option will revert any changes back to the default firmware settings.


Printer Data Sheet

PRINTING
Print technology:FFF, Filament Fused Fabrication (also known as FDM)
Build volume PRO-M (LxWxH):200 x 240 x 200 mm [7.87 x 9.45 x 7.87 in]
Build volume PRO-L (LxWxH):305 x 254 x 330 mm [12 x 10 x 13 in]
Print quality / layer height:>10 microns [0.01mm or 0.002in]
Positioning precision:X axis: 10 microns [0.0003937 in, 0.01mm]
Y axis: 10 microns [0.0003937 in, 0.01mm]
Z axis: 0.5 microns [0.000019685in]
Filament diameter:1.75 mm [0.069in]
Filament spool holder:Max spool width 83mm [3.25in]
Number of nozzles:2
Nozzle size:Factory default 0.4 mm. Compatible with nozzle sizes ranging 0.25mm –1mm.
*Smaller nozzles are more likely to clog
Nozzle temperature:Up to 275 °C, 527 °F
Build platform:Up to 120 °C, 248 °F, 1/4 inch cast aluminum with embedded magnets
Build plate:Removable, magnetic, flexible steel with textured surface film
Tested printing materials:ABS, PLA, PETG, PC-ABS, PC, HIPS, PVA, PET+, T-Glase, PETT, Nylon, NinjaFlex/TPE/TPU, SoftPLA, Rubber, Conductive PLA, Laywood, and “-Fill” type PLA and ABS materials
MECHANICAL
Chassis:Powder coated 1/8 inch; thick aluminum
XYZ bearings:Linear axis ball bearings
Stepper motors:1.8° step angle
Extruder module:Exchangeable magnetic snap-on module
DIMENSIONS
PRO-M
Product weight:7.26 kg [16 lbs]
Product dimensions (LxWxH):410 x 330 x 450 mm [16.14 x 13 x 17.72 in]
PRO-L
Product weight:10.88 kg [24 lbs]
Product dimensions (LxWxH):520 x 330 x 572 mm [20.5 x 13 x 22.5 in]
INTERFACE
Display:4 x 20 character LCD display
Control:Encoder dial with push-down switch
Software:Simplyfy 3D, MatterControl, Cura
File types:STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF, GCode
Operating systems:Windows, OSX, Linux
Connectivity:USB, SD card, MatterControl Touch, Wifi-enabled SD
ELECTRICAL
AC input:100–240v, 50–60hz
Built-in power supply:Silverstone 450w, 80-Plus Bronze Certified efficiency
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
Storage temperature:0°–32°C [32°–90° f]
Operating temperature:15°–32°C [60°–90° f]
Humidity:20% – 50%