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We currently are transitioning to MatterControl for use with the 3D printers. Its icon lives on the desktop of the 3D printing workstation and can be seen on the right. Its use is suggested over the use of Slic3r and Pronterface, which are kept on the 3D printing workstation for historical value.
Opening MatterControl brings up the main window:
shows the status of the current printer, as well as allowing you to disconnect or connect to a different printer. When connected, this view allows you to preheat the printer, according to the settings that are currently configured.
While printing, the current print is shown, including estimated print time, current duration of print, progress in percentage, hotend and bed temperatures, plus buttons to temporarily pause the print or end the print entirely.
n.b. when canceling a print, the hotend and bed will be turned off, allowing them to cool; if you wish to resume printing quickly, be sure to press the “preheat” options quickly, as the time to heat the bed is much greater than to cool it!
Shows the print queue for the current printer, as well as a library of printable objects and a history of the current print queue. This panel serves double-duty as the print settings and printer control views.
This view shows the current state of the printer's hot ends and bed, allows movement and extrusion, fan control and even lets you see where the 3D printer thnks te head is.
As a bonus, during prints it lets you change the speed of the print and extrusion multiplier while the printer is running.
To remove prints from the bed, use the print removal tools (they look like spatulas) to wedge under one corner. Don't apply force upwards, instead looking to unseat the whole print at once. ToyBuilderLabs has produced a video of its proper usage for those who are better at videos.