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ZPRINTER® 150
ZPRINTER® 250

QUICK START GUIDE

Part Number 95009

Rev. B 

 


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Overview - ZPrinter 150/ZPrinter 250 

Build Chamber

Binder Cartridge

Debris Separator

Vacuum Hose

Fast Axis

Service Station

Control Panel

Build Bed

Control Knob

LCD Display

Parking Caps 
(ZPrinter 250 Type 1 
only)

Build Bed

Fast Axis

Deck

Front Overflow

 


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Push the Control Knob once to:

Bring up the printer menu.

Select a menu command.

Start/Stop/Cancel a menu function.

Turn the Control Knob left/right to highlight menu items.
When selecting the Raise/Lower Platform commands, 
hold the Control Knob down to raise/lower the platform.

Rear View

External 
Connections

Power Switch

Nameplate (Serial Number) 

Power Cord 
Connection

External Connections

Network Connection
(Ethernet RJ-45)

Diagnostic LEDs 
(Type 3 only)

Type 1

Type 3

 


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Welcome To The ZPrinter

®

 150/

ZPrinter

®

 250 Quick Start Guide

This Guide is intended as a handy reference for users who are 
familiar with their 3D printer and just need to print a part. The 
Guide assumes that: 

The ZPrinter is properly installed and running, and that no 
errors are displayed on the ZPrinter control panel.

The ZPrint™ Software is installed and running, and is config-
ured properly for your printer and choice of powder. For 
ZPrint installation instructions, see the ZPrint™ Software 
Manual
.

The printer is loaded with enough materials to complete the 
build.

The printer is up to date on its routine maintenance.

The printer is connected to the same network as the com-
puter that is running ZPrint. 

For more details, please refer to the ZPrinter 150 / ZPrinter 
250 User Manual
. The Manual is included on the installation CD 
with your ZPrint software. 
We encourage all customers to logon to our 3DP User Web site at 

3dscentral.3dsystems.com

 to learn more about 3D printing, 

materials, Best Practices, and post-processing techniques. 

1.   Steps To Print

Follow the steps outlined in the sections below to print your part. 

Section

Title

Page

2

Check  The  Printer

5

3

Setup Your Build And 
Print

6

4

Gross Powder Removal

7

5

Fine  Powder  Removal

7

6

Routine Cleaning After 
Every Build

7

7

Post-Processing With 
Z-Bond

11

8

Replace a Print Head

12

Where To Go For More 
Information

13

 


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2.   Check The Printer

Before you start your print job, it’s important that you check the 
printer. A clean, well-maintained printer produces better 
parts, has less downtime, and needs fewer service calls.

1.

Check for loose powder in or around the Build Bed, Fast 
Axis, and Deck. If you need to clean these areas, follow the 
steps in 

Section 6.1, “Vacuum Up Excess Powder”

2.

Check that the Debris Separator, the Rails and Carriage, the 
Service Station and Parking Caps are clean. If any of these 
need cleaning, follow the procedures in these sections:

Section 6.2, “Empty The Debris Separator

Section 6.3, “Clean The Rails and Carriage

Section 6.4, “Clean The Service Station

Section 6.5, “Clean the Parking Caps (ZPrinter 
250 Type 1 only)

   

Service

Station

Build

Bed

Deck

Fast
Axis

Deck

Debris Separator

Rails and Carriage
(hidden)

Parking Caps

(250 Type 1

only)

 


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3.   Setup Your Build And Print

Now that your printer is clean, you need to open up the 3D file 
using ZPrint, and select your printing parameters.
1.

Open your file in ZPrint. 

2.

Select File > 3D Print Setup, or click 

 on the Toolbar., 

to open the 3D Print Setup dialog.

3.

 Check your printer settings to be sure the correct printer 
and powder are displayed.

If you need to change any settings, refer to the Setup 
and Print the Build
 section of the User Manual for 
your printer. 

4.

Select File > 3D Print, or click 

 on the Toolbar, to open 

the Printer Status dialog.

5.

Check the Printer Status window. If all the Print Head
Powder, and General items display OK, the Print button is 
enabled. 
If any items need attention, the Print button is disabled. 

If the printer only needs a new print head, and you are 
comfortable performing the steps required, see the 
Replace a Print Head section of this Guide.

Otherwise, refer to the Additional Operations section 
of the User Manual for your printer. There you’ll find 

details on how to get the printer ready and clear any 
messages.

6.

Select any Print Options for this build. 

7.

Click Print to start your build.

8.

The Printing dialog opens and reports the status of the 
print job for as the build progresses. 

Click  the  Pause button to pause the current print job, 
Click again to resume printing. 

Click  the  Cancel button to cancel printing this job.

 


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4.   Gross Powder Removal 

When the build is finished, the printer starts an automatic drying 
cycle. A counter on the printer LCD counts down the time 
remaining before the part is dry.  

When the drying cycle is finished, you 
will need to remove the unused pow-
der around the part. 
1.Close the top cover, then select 

VACUUM

 on the LCD menu. Open the 

cover. The vacuum starts.

2.Vacuum 

powder from around the part. Be 
careful around delicate sections. 
Use the Control Knob to move the 
Build Platform up as needed.

5.   Fine Powder 

Removal

Any loose powder on the part must be removed before proceed-
ing with the post-processing steps.
1.

Raise the Build Platform up. Gently pick up the part and 
place it in the Powder Recycling Station.

2.

If the part is very delicate, the Build Platform is removable. 
Select 

ACCESS BUILD PLATE

 on the LCD menu. Lift the 

Build Plate and the part and carry both to the Powder Recy-
cling Station.

3.

Use the air wand to blow off any remaining powder. Refer to 
the Powder Recycling Station User Manual for details.

4.

Allow the part to dry longer in the Powder Recycling Station 
while you perform the Routine Cleaning described in Section 
6. 

6.   Routine Cleaning After Every Build

After every build, it is important to clean your printer following 
the steps below. 
A clean, well-maintained printer produces better parts, 
has less downtime, and needs fewer service calls.
Routine cleaning includes the following steps:

Vacuum Up Excess Powder 

Empty The Debris Separator

Clean The Rails and Carriage

Clean The Service Station

Clean the Parking Caps (ZPrinter 250 Type 1 only)

6.1   Vacuum Up Excess Powder

Vacuum the Build Bed, the Fast Axis, and the Deck. 

 


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1.

Close the top cover, then select 

VACUUM

 on the LCD menu. 

Open the cover. The vacuum starts. 

2.

Vacuum the following areas:

The top of the Fast Axis; also reach inside to vacuum 
the Rails and the Printhead Carriage.

The Build Bed (but not the Feeder side).

The deck around the Build Bed. 
Note: Be careful not to vacuum inside the service sta-
tion itself.

3.

Press the Control Knob once to turn off the vacuum.

6.2   Empty The Debris Separator

1.

 Pull the Debris Separator out 
of its holder on the printer.

2.

 Empty the contents into a 
trash receptacle.

3.

 Use the soft brush found in 
the Accessory Kit to brush 
caked on powder from the 
screen.

4.

 Return the empty Debris Sep-
arator to its holder. Be sure to push the Separator flat 
against the panel for a secure fit.

6.3   Clean The Rails and Carriage

1.

Pull the Fast Axis out toward you.

2.Using a paper towel dampened 
with distilled water, wipe the top 
and bottom Rails. Move the Car-
riage back and forth as needed to 
clean the entire length of both 
rails. 
3.Using a clean, dry paper towel, 
thoroughly dry both Rails.

4.

Using a fresh paper towel, wipe the Carriage to remove any 
powder. Also clean the Build Bed and Deck.

6.4   Clean The Service Station 

Before you begin:

Get several dry paper towels and a cotton swab.

Get the squirt bottle filled with distilled water.

Wear disposable gloves.

Get the Pick and Syringe from the Accessories Kit.

 


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1.

Open the printer top cover and the Service Station cover.   

2.

Place paper towels around the Service Station. Also cover 
the front overflow and the Build Bed with paper towels.

3.

Pull the Service Station wiper lever all the way forward until 
the rubber squeegees are fully exposed. Hold the lever in 
this position while you clean the squeegees.

4.

Squirt water on and around the squeegees.
Important: Don’t get water in the front overflow or on the 
build bed.

5.

Wipe the front and back of the squeegees clean. Use the 
Pick to scrape away any excess powder.

6.

Thoroughly clean and dry the 

Service  Station

Deck

Build  Bed

Front Overflow.

7.

Push the wiper lever back to its original position.

Wiper 
Lever

Squeegees

Squeegees

Wiper 
Lever

 


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6.5   Clean the Parking Caps 

         (ZPrinter 250 Type 1 only)

Note: Parking caps are only installed on older ZPrinter 250 mod-
els (Type 1). On more recent ZPrinter 250 (Type 3) and on all 
ZPrinter 150 models, the Parking Caps are not present.  
Before you begin:

Get several dry paper towels and a cotton swab.

Get the squirt bottle filled with distilled water.

Wear disposable gloves.

Get the Pick and Syringe from the Accessories Kit.

1.

Lift the Parking Cap cover to a horizontal position and place  
dry paper towels underneath.

2.

Squirt the distilled water onto the caps. Do not squirt water 
onto the Build Bed. 

3.

Use a cotton swab and dry paper towel to wipe the caps 
clean. Use the pick if needed to remove any powder.

4.

Remove the paper towels from under the caps and wipe up 
any excess water on the deck.

5.

Be sure the Parking Caps are completely dry before starting 
your next build.

 


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7.   Post-Processing With Z-Bond

For complete instructions, refer to the User Manual for your 
printer, or to our 3D User Web site at 

3dscentral.3dsystems.com

.

7.1   Preparation

Ensure the part is both completely dry and completely 
free of loose powder.

Wear a lab coat or smock, safety glasses, and a pair of 
high quality gloves (supplied with the Z-Bond Dipping 
Kit) or 2 pairs of lightweight disposable gloves (supplied 
with the Starter Kit).

Use a container large enough to fully submerge your 
part.

Have paper towels ready for absorbing excess fluid.

Work in a well-ventilated area.

Place a piece of cardboard down in your work area and 
place a piece of wax paper over the cardboard for the 
part to dry on.

7.2   Dipping Method

Be sure the part is dry and completely free of loose pow-
der before infiltrating
.
1.

Pour enough Z-Bond into the container to completely sub-
merge the part.

2.

Gently submerge your part into 
the liquid for several seconds. 

3.

Remove the part and quickly and 
thoroughly wipe off any excess 
liquid. Place the part on the wax 
paper. 
Note: The part will get very warm 
and may emit visible vapor. These 
are normal by-products of the curing process.

4.

Let the part dry and cool 15 - 30 minutes before handling. 

5.

Return any unused Z-Bond to its bottle for reuse. 

7.3   Drizzle Method

Be sure the part is dry and completely free of loose pow-
der before infiltrating
.

1. Drizzle Z-Bond onto the part. 
Start with the most delicate 
areas first. Wet as much of the 
part as you can easily reach.
2. Reposition the part and repeat 
this process until the entire part 
is infiltrated. 
3. Quickly and thoroughly wipe 

off any excess liquid. Place the part on the wax paper. 

4.

Let the part dry and cool 15 - 30 minutes before handling.

 


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8.   Replace a Print Head

For more details on performing these steps, refer to the Addi-
tional Operations
 section of the ZPrinter 150 / ZPrinter 250 
User Manual

1.

On the printer’s LCD menu, select 

PRINT HEAD

 then 

CHANGE PRINT HEAD

. The Printer moves the Fast Axis 

out over the Build Bed. 

2.

If the piston is not already lowered some distance into the 
build box, lower it now by selecting 

LOWER PISTON

. The 

piston will lower a short distance. To lower it further, select 

LOWER PISTON

 again.

3. Open the printer top cover. 
Open the carriage cover and lift 
the print head out of its slot. 
Properly recycle or dispose of 
the empty cartridge. 
4. In a ZPrinter 250, also 
remove the other printhead.
5.Using a paper towel dampened 

with distilled water, clean the bottom of the carriage thor-
oughly. Dry with a clean paper towel.

6.

Using an alcohol snap swab, clean the pogo pins for that 
head. On a ZPrinter 250, clean the other head’s pogo pins as 
well. Use additional swabs if needed. 

7.

Remove the new printhead from its packaging. Be sure to 
pull the tape tab off of the new printhead.

8. Insert the new printhead. 
Press down firmly on the top of 
the printhead, on the same side 
as the pogo pins, to securely fit 
the printhead into its slot. 
9. On a ZPrinter 250, insert the 
other head as well.
10.Close the carriage cover by 

pressing down until you hear it click shut. Be sure the latch 
is engaged.

11. Close the printer top cover. Select 

CONTINUE

 on the LCD. 

The fast axis reparks. 

12. If the HP11 printhead was replaced, it will need to be purged 

of its black ink before printing a part. You can select 

PURGE

 

now, or select 

MAIN MENU

 and the printer will perform a 

purge the next time you start a build.

 


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Where To Go For More Information

About Your Printer
For additional information, consult the ZPrinter® 150 / 
ZPrinter 250 User Manual
. This is found on the CD that was 
shipped with your printer. It are also available through the Help 
function of ZPrint.

About ZPrint Software
For additional information, consult the ZPrint™ Software Man-
ual
This is found on the CD that was shipped with your printer. 
It is also available through the Help function of ZPrint

All the printer and software manuals are also available on the 
Support section of our 3DP User Web site at

3dscentral.3dsystems.com

.

About Post-Processing
Learn more about the different post-processing products that are 
available to use with your printer on the Materials section of our 
Web site at 

3dscentral.3dsystems.com

.

About Materials and Consumables
Learn more about the various powders and binders that are 
compatible with your printer on the Materials section of our 
Web site at 

3dscentral.3dsystems.com

.

Shop Online
To order consumable and materials, visit 3DSShop on our Web 
site at 

3dsshop.3dsystems.com

. If you are an international 

customer, you can order consumables/materials directly from 
your local service provider or reseller.

 


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Notices

Copyright © 3D Systems 1995-2012. All rights reserved. 
The information in this document may not be duplicated or 
transmitted in any way without the express written consent of 
3D Systems. The information contained herein is for the use of 
3D Systems customers, who are permitted to create brief 
excerpts for the purposes of training and review. This informa-
tion may not be incorporated in any commercial programs, 
books, databases, or in any kind of software without the consent 
of 3D Systems.
This ZPrinter is covered by both US and foreign patents and pat-
ents pending. 

 


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3D Systems Contact Information

If you have any questions about your 3D Printer or the 
ZPrint/ZEdit Software, please contact your local Reseller/
Service Provider. If they are unable to help, contact us 
directly.

United States (Corporate Headquarters)
 333 Three D Systems Circle
 Rock Hill, SC 29730
 Tel: +1.803.326.3900

Technical Support – North and South America
Phone: +1 781 852 5050
Fax: +1 781 852 5055
E-mail: support-us@3dsystems.com

Technical Support - Europe/Middle East/Africa
Phone: +44 20 8144 3907
E-mail: support-emea@3dsystems.com
Skype: z.corp.service.emea

Technical Support – Asia Pacific
Phone: +852 8191 2453
Fax: 852 2948 2244
E-mail: support-apac@3dsystems.com

Please visit our Web site at:

3dscentral.3dsystems.com

 


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