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simplify3D functions

 Hi

this might not be the right place to post but since simplify 3D is included in the package I will also put it here:

I am missing some features in the program, or maybe somebody can tell me how to do this:

- when using 2 extruders, only 1 makes a brim, I want to "purge" both extruders before printing, because if you start just like this the 2nd extruder will not print immediately when needed as is has retracted the filament and the nozzle is not primed. ( nozzle is "empty" and needs to extrude up to 30mm before something comes out)

I would like to see both nozzle do a brim or some kind of preextruding/priming of the 2nd nozzle before it starts printing/after switching the tool.

- when using 2 different materials ( ex: ABS and PVA) the extruder parameters should be different ( ooze control, retraction etc) but when using PVA as support material you can only set parameters for one material. I tried to use 2 settings but then it also prints the part 2x in the same place, maybe make a function to only make a raft with one setting and only print with a 2nd setting. 

- I find ABS does not stick to PVA ( or can someone tell me how to set this) is there a setting to slow down printing or make a layer reduction when the build material should print ontop of a support material? 


thanks


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 i would also like to see the cooling fan speed in the plot graph.

Full disclosure: I've never used separate support material myself. It looks like S3D is still catching up as far as multiple extruder features.


You might want to try the latest beta of Kisslicer. I own Simplify 3D too but keep going back to Kiss as my favorite.

The interface and preview are not as fancy but it works really well.


Anyway, it looks like there are several options that do what you want ( judging by the preview only):


Prime pillar - It builds a hollow single wall cylinder next to your part as tall as your part. Dual walls if you are using two extruders. Before each layer each extruder gets primed by building this pillar.


Wall - This is a skirt that is built to the full height of the part. Again, it look like it will use both extruders. (I use this for ABS. It seem to help reduce warping by blocking cool air.)


Short wall - Same as above, but the wall for the support material wall would stop building when there are no more support layers.


Unfortunately I believe multiple extruders requires a pro license, but it's cheap ($42). The free version would a least give you an idea. The beta is available here:

http://www.kisslicertalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=37&sid=fc99a1694cd91b254b1d1d8426444795


I would be willing to slice a sample file, but of course the settings probably wouldn't be correct.



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Quick Start Guide

Installation clips
The following 3 clips will guide you through the installation process of your CreatrXL. By following these, you will be printing within 30 minutes. First start with unpacking the printer. Clickhere to see how you correctly pick up the printer

Part 1 of 3: Unpacking your CreatrXL

In this clip, you will be guided through the unpacking of a brand new CreatrXL. The unboxing along with the location of tie wraps which need to be removed are shown, as well as the process of a connecting the cables to the printer and computer.

Part 2 of 3: Software and configuration

In this clip, we will show you how to install the required software. The first step is to download and install the Arduino software to make it possible for your computer to connect with the printer. The next step is to download and install the Repetier Host Leapfrog software or that controlls your 3D printer. We have tried to make this as simple as possible and also provided direct downloading links per operating system.

SIMPLIFY 3D SOFTWARE
If you are using the new Simplify 3D software you can follow all the steps except for the Repetier-Host Leapfrog installation and using explanation. Simply download the software via the purchase link and before first use a pop-up will appear showing you the Simplify 3D Quick start guide. You can also download the Quick start guide or access it from the software via help –> Quick start guide. The quick start guide will briefly explain the functions of the software so that you can start your first print.

Please select you operating system and follow the descriptions in the movie.

Operating systemWindows

The first step is to download and install the Arduino software to make it possible for your computer to connect with the printer. The next step is to download and install the newest version of the Repetier Host Leapfrog software as shown in the clip. This software allows you to convert your 3D software file [STL for example] to a printable file [G-Code] and allows you to control your printer. The Repetier Host Leapfrog software contains standard CreatrXL Print Profiles. Just select the extruder, the filament material as well as the color and Repetier will automatically select the ideal print temperature providing you the best print quality possible. There is also a Leapfrog support button implemented in the software. A Mac version will be available soon.

If you have followed the installation procedure, but you can’t control your Leapfrog CreatrXL and the “6 commands waiting” message in Repetier-Host Leapfrog won’t disappear, you have to install the 2.8.28 drivers. Please see Solution can’t connect 6 commands waiting in Repetier-Host Leapfrog how to do so.

For a more thorough description of Slic3s settings please check this guide!

Windows 8
To install the Arduino drivers on a computer with Windows 8 follow these steps after downloading the Arduino software.

- Save unsaved work and write the instructions down
[your computer will reboot into startup options screen]
- Press the Windows Key and the ‘R’ key simultaneously
- Copy the command inside the brackets
–>[ shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00 ] – Select ‘Troubleshoot’
- Select ‘Advanced options’
- Select ‘Startup Settings’
- Select ‘Disable Driver Signature Enforcement’
- Install driver as usual via device manager


Mac

In this clip, we will explain you how you can generate a STL file using Sketchup. We show you what to download and how to export your design in STL.

Part 3 of 3: Making your first print!

In this final clip, the process of creating your first print will be explained. This starts with removing the callibration print that is already on the print bed. How to insert the filament and operate the Repetier Host Leapfrog software is also shown, which should culminate in your first 3D Print on the CreatrXL!

Google sketchupHow to export STL files from Sketchup

The first step is to download and install the Arduino software to make it possible for your computer to connect with the printer. You will then need to in stall this driver for OSX to recognize the hardware.

The next step is to download the Repetier software as shown in the clip. This software allows you to convert your 3D software file [STL for example] to a printable file [G-Code] and allows you to control your printer. We have developed standard print profiles for the CreatrXL. Please follow the instructions below to install the print profiles for Mac [not yet included in the video]:

- Download This file
- Go to your Home Folder on Mac and select “Go to Folder” from the Go Menu en type “Library/Application Support/Slic3r/” - Unzip the file you just downloaded and dump the contents in the Slic3r folder, it will replace your existing settings. If you want to keep your current settings as well, take the contents from each folder and put this in the same folder in the Home/Libaray/App../Slic3r folder.

Download instructions by Deepak Dinesh Mehta For a more thorough description of Slic3s settings please check this guide!

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Filament Guide

ABS
  • Extrude at ~ 225o C.
  • Requires heated bed.
  • Works reasonably well without cooling.
  • Adheres best to polyimide tape.
  • Filament tolerances are usually tighter.
  • Prone to cracking, delamination, and wraping.
  • More flexible.
  • Can be bonded using adhesives or solvents(Acetone or MEK).
  • Fumes are unpleasent in enclosed areas.
  • Oil Based.
PLA
  • Extrude at ~ 180-225o C.
  • Benefits from heated bed.
  • Benefits greatly from cooling while printing.
  • Adheres well to a variety of surfaces.
  • Finer feature detail possible on a well calibrated machine.
  • Prone to curling of corners and overhangs.
  • More brittle.
  • Can be bonded using adhesives.
  • More pleasant smell when extruded.
  • Plant Based.

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