The BEETHEFIRST printer works with the BEESOFT 3D printing software, and with the following operating systems:
– Windows (7 / 8) / Linux (12.04 +)
– Mac OS X (10.8/10.9+)
PC: Core i3 | AMD Phenom II | AMD Atlhon X2 RAM: 2GB Free disk space: 500 MB Graphics card (GPU): 512 MB dedicated
Mac hardware: late-2008+
You can download BEESOFT software from the Software Download page. Run the downloaded file and follow the steps indicated by the wizard, selecting the desired options. Connect the printer to the computer with the USB cable and run the BEESOFT software by clicking on the icon either on the Desktop or the Applications menu.
The BEETHEFIRST printer recognizes and is compatible with 3D modelling files in “.stl” format.
BEESOFT is 3D printing software that imports files in “.stl” format, and allows to reposition, rescale, duplicate and mirror them. Further modifications to 3D models should be made using modelling software before exporting them to the “.stl” format.
You can build your own models if you know how to model in 3D. Otherwise, you can print models that are available on the internet.
To increase or decrease the size of a 3D model, you should select the “scale” option, available on the BEESOFT printing software, where you’ll be able to pick the scale you want. Alternatively, it can be done by moving the mouse while right-clicking.
Remember: if you’re printing an object made up of various separate pieces, keep in mind that all of the items must have the same scale in order to fit together.
Whenever you try to open an .stl file in BEESOFT and the program stops responding, this can be caused by the size of the file, since the maximum recommended polygon count is of 1000000 (1 million), and the maximum recommended file size is 60 MB. Whenever you create an .stl file, you must keep these limits in mind.
After you press “PRINT”, the print options window that appears has a button further down that says “Estimate”. Pressing on that button gives an idea of the time the print may take, given the density and resolution, as well as an estimate of the amount of filament needed.
As soon as you begin printing, BEESOFT will also indicate the total estimated print time and the remaining print time.
The easiest way to correctly position a 3D model is to use the existing tools available on the right of main BEESOFT window. Click on “Place on platform” and “Center on platform” to place the model’s base plane on the printing surface.
BEETHEFIRST has a two-year warranty for end-users and one year for other customers.
The warranty can only be activated in case of manufacturing defect or in case the goods do not match the contract.
If you are a end-user, you have two months from the date of delivery to report any flaws. If you are not, you must report any flaws within eight days from the date of delivery.
If you have any other questions, consult the Terms and Conditions.
BEETHEFIRST is distributed worldwide. For more information, visit our Distributors page.
On purchasing your BEETHEFIRST printer, you will receive a 1.75 mm coil of black PLA filament. Also, you will receive a kit that includes a spatula, a pair of tweezers, a roll of tape for the printing table, an Allen key and power and USB connection cables. All of this inside a BEEPACK, a reusable carrier case that will allow you to store and transport your BEETHEFIRST and its accessories.
BEETHEFIRST was designed to be portable, and is delivered to customers with its own BEEPACK, a reusable and stylish carrier case that can take all you need to print anywhere. However, you must ensure proper transport conditions to guarantee its safety, as you would with any other item of electronic equipment.
Printing quality depends on the resolution settings. BEESOFT offers four different print quality settings, Low, Medium, High and High+.
BEETHEFIRST can be made to print in various modes that change the density and resolution in accordance with the user’s needs.
– Low: this is the setting to choose for quickest prints. As the name suggests, this option will also produce less refined prints.
– Medium: This is the best balance between speed and quality. It’s a good setting for prints that may need some detail, but can’t take too long.
– High: These prints will take longer, but yield much finer-detailed results.
– High+: The latest setting with
This option controls an automatic feature that creates an internal frame that helps strengthen the printed object. The higher the density, the stronger the final object, albeit heavier and more filament-hungry.
There are three default density settings (Low, Medium and High), but advanced options as well, where users can choose if they want no internal structure (0%) or a completely solid object (100%). Never forget, the higher the density, the more filament BEETHEFIRST will use!
BEETHEFIRST meets legally required safety regulations and is easy and intuitive to use. However, there are always some cautions to keep in mind, namely regarding the extruder. The extruder can get as hot as 250º C (480º F), so you must never touch it. Besides that, you should take the same precautions as you would with any other electrical appliance.
In accordance with current legislation, Value-Added Tax (VAT) is added to all sales made to private residents with a fiscal address in Portugal or in any other country in the European Union. In the case of a sale to a company outside Portugal, but with a fiscal address in a country within the European Union, reverse charges are applied, and the invoice is issued without VAT; if the private or company buyer is a fiscal resident in a country outside the European Union, the sale is exempt of VAT.
You can consult shipping policy by clicking here.
BEETHEFIRST is only sold already assembled. Opening or modifying it may void the warranty, so we suggest this not be done without getting in touch with us beforehand. However, if you do wish to modify BEETHEFIRST for any type of technological development project, get in touch with us, explain your project and we might be able to provide you with useful information.
BEETHEFIRST has a single extruder. However, if you think single-extruder printers can only manufacture single-colour objects, think again. BEESOFT has in its beta stage a new pause function, which allows users to pause whatever it is they are printing and switch colours!
BEEVERYCREATIVE accepts returns within the legal return period. You will have to return the item unused and in its original packaging, undamaged.
We will only refund the amount paid after having assessed the return conditions. For more detailed information, consult our Terms and Conditions.
BEETHEFIRST prints only one colour… at a time. Either you can make multi-coloured models by printing interlocking components one colour at a time, or you can print a single model in multiple colours using BEESOFT’s “Pause” function. This feature comes with the latest beta version of BEESOFT and allows you to switch between different-coloured spools mid-print, allowing multi-coloured objects that only get better the more creative you are. If you’d like to test this feature and other new features, you can request the latest beta version of BEESOFT which we are currently working on. For that, just drop us an email.
Users have freedom of choice when using filament for BEETHEFIRST. Customers may choose any brand of standard PLA available, without voiding the warranty. However, we still recommend the use of our BEESUPPLIES, available for purchase here.
PLA is a thermoplastic obtained from renewable sources, the most common being corn starch, and has a feature that we like a lot: it’s biodegradable.
The main advantages of PLA over other materials that are usually used in 3D desktop printing, such as ABS, are the following:
. it’s obtained from renewable sources (corn starch)
. it’s biodegradable
. it requires a lot less energy to be extruded.
You can purchase PLA filament here, where you’ll find a wide range of colors.
To change, remove or place a new coil of filament, follow the steps indicated in the «filament replacement wizard» in BEESOFT’s printing software.
To calibrate the printing table, follow the steps indicated in the table calibration wizard that can be found in BEESOFT’s printing software. Go to the “Maintenance” menu and you’ll find it.
Printing speed depends on both the size of the printed object and the desired quality. If the object is printed in high resolution, the process takes longer but the result is far more perfect. In case you’re not an experienced user, we recommend you start out printing smaller objects, until you’re more accustomed to 3D desktop printing technology.
The tip of the extruder can get as hot as 250º C (480º F), so you should never touch it!
BEETHEFIRST can print objects with the the following dimensions: 190 mm x 135 mm x 125 mm (7.48 in x 5.31 in 4.92 x in). This printing area is ideal for building objects from a wide range of themes (architecture, mechanics, fashion, design, etc.). Printing a full-size object can certainly take some time, so if you’re not that experienced a user, we recommend you start off with smaller items.
The easiest way to remove objects from the printing table, whenever possible and if the shapes and features allow it, is to simply pull them off. When this cannot be done, you should use the spatula that’s supplied with the BEETHEFIRST kit. In some cases, removing the blue tape along with the object might be an alternative.
To make sure the filament has been correctly inserted you can use the filament load wizard, from the BEESOFT “Maintenance” menu.
To calibrate the extruder you must make sure beforehand that the extruder nozzle is clean, which means cleaning should be carried out before calibration. You can find additional support for this operation in BEESOFT, BEETHEFIRST’s printing software.
The connection between BEETHEFIRST and the computer is made with a USB cable.
3D models should be in “.stl” format.
To create 3D models you must already own modelling software; there are various programs available on the market and a lot of them are freeware.
On the BEEVERYCREATIVE website you can find the 3D Modelling Guidelines that will help you know the requirements your models need to fulfil so that they can be printed, no matter what software you’re using.
BEESERVICE is our global Technical Assistance, and is in place to be a comprehensive and standardized worldwide support, always aiming customer satisfaction and to cover the most possible issues in the most efficient way possible.
First thing you have to do is to fill in a BEESERVICE FORM for our analysis.