Check out our Knowledge Base article on V4 hotend removal and installation.
Check out this article on How to shutdown the printer.
Check out our Knowledge Base article on Removing and Installing the V4 Nozzle.
For clog prevention and clearing, we suggest trying a Cold Pull.
The idea is to get old filament buildup order debris to stick to the filament so it can be extracted out of the hotend assembly. Check our our article on how to perform a Cold Pull. If you find that you still have a clog, we suggest unistalling the hotend and then removing the nozzle. At this point soaking the nozzle in acetone overnight to loosen the clogged filament, or using a blowtorch is recommended.
We suggest cleaning your bed, in between prints, with 99% isopropyl alcohol. If you need to replace the polyimide film, check out our article on Bed Prep and Maintenance.
Does the onboard computer on the bottom left have a red and green light? If not, check your power cable. If so, check your wifi connections. Is your printer showing up as an access point? If so, repeat the setup process at setup.makergear.com. If it is not showing up try the Find My Printer Tool.
You want your first layer to look a little flattened, not rounded. A good test is to look at the bottom of your prints. The farther away you get, the more stringy and defined the bottom will look. Closer, and you will start to get a mirror finish. Too far, and it will look underextruded or the base will be larger that it should be, "elephant foot". Check out this forum post on "The perfect first layer."
Simplify3D is a software program used in combination with the MakerGear 3D printers for slicing your 3D models in to Gcode. Click on this link to learn more. What is Simplify3D?
Simplify3D profiles for your MakerGear M3 printer are available on our MakerGear Knowledge Base.
Simplify3D profiles for your MakerGear M3.
You can set of a single extruder print in Simplify3d by selecting Single Mode
in the Auto-Configure Extruders section of your FFF settings. Check out the article
here. Single Extrusion prints with the M3ID.
Dual color prints can be set up by setting up separate processess for your extruders. Check out our article and video on how to set it up.
Dual color printing with the M3ID.
Duplication mode requires two steps. First, you physically need to calibrate the hotends for duplication mode prints. Second, you need to slice your project for Dual extruders with Simplify3D
Duplication Mode Setup
Duplication Mode in Simplify3D
Similar to the way that a car's dashboard offers access to the vehicle's controls, OctoPrint is the interface through which users access and control the MakerGear M3.
What is OctoPrint?
While we suggest you use Simplify3D, OctoPrint has a rudimentary onboard slicer.
Slicing Models with OctoPrint
Your MakerGear M3 shipped with an additional plugin called Slicer, which adds the plating function to OctoPrint for MakerGear.
Slicing 3D models with OctoPrint.
Depending on the demands of your work or home network configuration,
it may become necessary for you to set up a static IP address for your printer.
To do this you will need to SSH (remotely connect to the printer).
Static IP instructions