3D-Printing Parts and Slicing

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If you bought the kit with the 3D-printed parts included, you can skip this part!

Download 3D Models#

The POLY555's models are hosted on Thingiverse at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4676728/files.

Download them and then come on back here!

Parts#

There are five parts you'll need to print:

  1. Enclosure top: The enclosure's top with window, speaker grill, LED cavity, and branding engraving
  2. Enclosure bottom: The biggest piece! The PCB mounts onto this.
  3. Keys: The piano keys. This needs to be printed in two colors, see below.
  4. Mounting rail: This mounting rail piece will sit between the PCB and the keys.
  5. Volume wheel: And the volume wheel fits onto a potentiometer and is exposed on the enclosure's side.

Reduced test case#

Wondering what that sixth file called "reduced_test_case" is for?

This is optional but helpful for confirming your printer and slicer will be able to print the full POLY555 and have it assemble as expected. It takes about 30min.

If the test case's two pieces are difficult to fit together successfully after printing, revisit your slicer settings and ensure the printer is calibrated. Repeat until successful.

Slicing recommendations#

PieceLayer heightColor changePrint time
Enclosure top.2mmn/a4hr
Enclosure bottom.2mmn/a8hr 30min
Keys.2mm16.8mm7hr
Mounting rail.2mmn/a30min
Volume wheel.2mmn/a10min

Notes:

  • Models have any supports they'll need baked right in, so you won't need to do anything extra in your slicer. They should also already be rotated to the correct position for printing.
  • The enclosure pieces are big and may warp off the bed plate without good adhesion. I tend to use a lot of glue on the bed and stay away from plastics that shrink. Watch the first couple layers of these while printing, especially around the text engravings -- if you see bad adhesion, stop the print to remedy the situation and start again.
  • If the prints aren't fitting together well, check to see that the corners aren't bulging. We should see clean, sharp edges on the mounting rail and the keys' mount. See if your slicer has settings for "coasting" or "linear advance."