Submission Checklist

A reminder checklist for printing at the NExT LAB.

File Preparation

Before submitting your 3D print request to the print portal, please ensure you have done the following with the required files produced:
  • STL Model File:
  • In Makerbot Print and Cloud Print :
    • Ensured that the print is the most efficient and properly oriented
    • Print Settings applied are appropriate for your model OR [Breakaway Support] and [Raft] are enabled.
    • Estimated each build plate
    • Use Save As to save the.print file from Makerbot Print or the .thing file from Cloud Print for NExT Lab to review.
    • Exported .makerbot file for each build plate.
  • Ensure all files follow the naming convention (below).
You are now ready to upload the necessary files to the NExT Lab Print Portal. Follow the instructions there.

Naming Conventions

Spaces are not accepted in filenames so use underscores _ instead. Append version numbers so we know which files are the latest
Only alphanumeric characters (underscores & hyphens are excepted). No special characters in the name (ie. " ", ( ), { }, [ ]. \, /, ' '). These will not be recognised by the Makerbots and cause print submission failure.
Only one colour per request, if you require multiple colours, submit a separate request.
.stl Files
ALL geometry as a single file for review
e.g. house_v3.stl
.print Files
Makerbot Print file OR .thing Files Cloud Print file exported for review
Total Time_filename_Version.print
e.g. 22h13m_house_v1.print
.makerbot Files
Each build plate exported as an individual files
Time_File No._filename_Version.makerbot
e.g. 11h13m_1of3_house_v1.makerbot


Single print bed
Multiple print beds