Print head of the Afinia 3D printer. Source: Afinia
Print head of the Afinia 3D printer. Source: Afinia

To load the filament into the Extruder for the Afinia 3D printer, we opened up the Afinia 3D Software and selected Initialize in the 3D Print menu. This command can also be executed on the front of the 3D printer base. 

When the toggle switch on the front of the printer base is pushed or the Initialize option is chosen in the software, the printer gives 4 beeps and the light on the base blinks from red to green. The platform positions itself and when initializing is completed another beep is heard. 

Next, we selected Maintenance from the 3D Print menu.  Then we clicked on the Extrude button. The light on the front of the base blinked rapidly red and green. The Afinia 3D printer beeped once. It took the nozzle about 3 minutes to heat up to 260º C and then a VERY long stream of ABS extruded from the nozzle. We used the tweezers (included in the accessories pack) to remove the extruded filament from the nozzle.

Note: If the filament does not extrude, then it needs to be pushed farther into the hole just above the fan. 

At this point we clicked on the New Spool button.  A dialog box gave the option to specify what type of filament was being used, ABS or PLA, and also the amount of filament on the spool.  On the new spool we found a sticker indicating that it contained 700 grams of filament.  We input this number into the box that was provided and clicked OK. 

Note:  Each time the printer completes a project, a dialog box will indicate the weight of the spool so that calculations can be made as to whether there is enough filament left to print any given project that is loaded into the software. 

Note:  When removing a spool to change color, note the weight of the spool at the top of the Maintenance Screen. Record the weight of the spool on a sticky note and attach to the inside of the spool. Then when a previously used spool is placed back on the printer, the correct weight can be entered into the box (3D Printer/Maintenance/NewSpool) and correct calculations will continue.