Software installation for Afinia 3d printer. Source: silver-john/Shutterstock.com
Software installation for Afinia 3d printer. Source: silver-john/Shutterstock.com

The Afinia 3D printer comes with software that allows the computer to interface with the printer. With this software, you can also make minor adjustments to your project. Software installation is a necessary step to using your 3D printer – we will cover how to do this here. 

We plugged the power cord into the back right corner of the printer and then into a power strip so that the printer would be protected in case of a power surge.  Next, we plugged the USB cable into the back left corner of the printer and then to the USB port on the computer. Finally, we turned the printer on by pushing the toggle switch found on the back of the printer. 

Installing the Afinia Software and Drivers

Mac

We inserted the Installation Disc into the iMac. The Afinia 3D icon appeared in the top right corner of the desktop. We double clicked the icon and the folder opened to reveal two folders and files. We then opened the OSMac folder and double clicked the Afinia Mac setup.pkg. The drivers were loaded and the Afinia software was installed to the Applications folder on the Mac. To access the software we went to Finder/Applications and double clicked the 3D Afinia app.  The app loaded to the dock.

Afinia software warning: Please turn off or link printer. Source: WhiteClouds

To ensure that the Afinia printer is connected to the computer, click on the Print button.  If the printer is not connected, a dialog box will appear requesting that you connect the printer. 

PC

We inserted the Installation Disc into the PC. A screen opened and we chose to RUN the program. The program then loaded to the desktop. To ensure that the printer is connected to the computer, click on the Print button. If the printer is not connected, a dialog box will appear requesting that you connect the printer. To verify that the printer is connected to the computer, click on 3DPrint in the Status bar, choose Maintenance. If the printer is not connected, a dialog box will appear stating there is an error and requesting that you connect the printer. 

For specific installation instructions for different operating systems, i.e. Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 see page 9 of the User’s Manual.

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