MAKEiT Printer Overview
- MAKEiT Pro 3D Printer
- Dual Nozzle Extruder Module
- Removable Build Plate
- Filament Guide Tubes
- 0.4mm Nozzles
- Spare Parts and Tool Kit
Standard Tool Kit and Spare Parts
- USB Cable
- Power Cable
- USB/SD Combo Card
- Short Part Removal Tool
- Long Part Removal Tool
- Metal Brush for Extruder Cleaning
- 2.5mm Hex Driver
- 7mm Socket Driver
- Teflon Lubricant
- Glue Stick
- Spare Guide Tube
- Spare 0.4mm Nozzle
- Spare Build Sheet
- 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
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
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 display when the printer is idle and other functions are not in use. Here you can find current temperature readings from your printer, as well as the status of any current print jobs.
The top row displays nozzle temperatures in degrees Celsius.
The second row shows bed temperature on the 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 percentage on the left, current print job completion percentage in the center, and total duration of current print on the right.
The bottom row is a text indication for system messages and instructions.
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. Changing settings in this manner is what we call “on-the-fly” tuning and can be done after your chosen print file has begun printing.
Nozzle Temp 1 & 2: Sets temperature for each of the printer nozzles (in degrees Celsius).
Bed Temp: Sets temperature for the heated bed (in degrees Celsius).
Speed: Modifies print speeds of a sliced object file. Your chosen print speeds will be shown as a default value of 100%. This modifier affects all chosen speed values, 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: Sets extruder head cooling fan speed. Because fan speed is controlled via pulse width modulation (PWM) it displays a range from 0-255, with 255 being the highest fan speed and 0 being lowest fan speed. Even when set to 0, the fans may continue to spin.
Flow 1 & 2: Modifies chosen flow rate/extrusion multiplier as a percentage of your original values. 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”
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 needed for running prints and performing 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.
With duplication ON, the printer will use both nozzle 1 and nozzle 2 to print the same object simultaneously, producing two identical parts. 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 (50 mm) with duplication ON will cause the two parts to overlap while printing. 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
With switch nozzles ON, any objects set to print using nozzle 1 will instead be printed with nozzle 2, and vice-versa.
For single nozzle prints, this function allows you to quickly select which of the two nozzles will be used before choosing which file to print from your SD card. This works without having to change the primary nozzle in your slicer or load/unload filament.
This option works as described with files set up for dual-extrusion. Any objects assigned to print with N1 will print with N2 and vice-versa.
This function is only available for SD card printing and is not available while Duplication is ON.
This will cause the print head and bed to home on all axes and return to starting position.
This submenu contains options for adjusting preheating/cooling-related settings. All temperature settings are set in degrees Celsius.
Cooldown/Power off: Choosing this option will set temperatures to 0 and turn the cooling fans 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 fans 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 fans 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 to be used for preheating.
Bed Temp: This is the bed temperature setting 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 your settings are not saved they will revert to the previous/default settings after the printer restarts.
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; a small amount of filament will be extruded before the filament is fully retracted. 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 fully inserted and 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.
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.
This menu allows control over both filament extruders and all X, Y, & Z-axis motion.
Please note, while filament 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 filament from the Move menu while the print head is cold will result in cold extrusion and can cause wear to your filament or your printer!
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: Activates the printer’s nozzle cleaning function; the print head will 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 the nozzles will be heated to loosen any hardened filament. The nozzles will be heated to the temperatures chosen in the Filament>Nozzle Temp menu. 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
|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|
|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|
|Product weight:||7.26 kg [16 lbs]|
|Product dimensions (LxWxH):||410 x 330 x 450 mm [16.14 x 13 x 17.72 in]|
|Product weight:||10.88 kg [24 lbs]|
|Product dimensions (LxWxH):||520 x 330 x 572 mm [20.5 x 13 x 22.5 in]|
|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|
|AC input:||100–240v, 50–60hz|
|Built-in power supply:||Silverstone 450w, 80-Plus Bronze Certified efficiency|
|Storage temperature:||0°–32°C [32°–90° f]|
|Operating temperature:||15°–32°C [60°–90° f]|
|Humidity:||20% – 50%|