Has anyone had any success with printing with other materials? I have laybrick, nylon and PVA and haven't managed half decent prints with any of them. I've gotten the closest with laybrick but it isn't close to being an accurate print.
I bought Nylon from Leapfrog but it came to me without the plastic wrapping. Since Nylon easily absorbs moisture, I'm assuming that is what is causing my Nylon prints to fail. There is a huuge amount of popping during extrusion and the layers simply don't stick to each other.
As for PVA, that's one of the main reasons I bought the HS. Being able to do support structures with PVA would be huge. However I just can't get it to extrude properly.
Anyone with good settings for these materials? Also with a 0.35mm nozzle would I be able to use materials like laywood, bronzefill etc?
I've used PVA filament fine, if using the bottom end of temp range it can get a little lumpy so raide by 15 deg and now runs fine. My PVA came sealed in a plastic bag with silica gel so assume it's dry. I'm tempted to creatr several smaller reels and roll short ammounts of filament off onto them so my various filaments don't go off due moisture absorbtion. I think heating your printer bed to say 80deg and leaving a suspect roll on there for several hours, (or use an oven) would help dry out a filament roll a good bit. store in a resealable bag with silica gell.
I've got several length of the usual PLA and ABS in various colours, PVA as previously mentioned; in addition got some Ninjaflex, T-glass on order and got a roll of ColourFabb XT-CF20 (that carbon fibre filament) holding off on that for now tho as I want to get a bit more experience (I'm 2weeks in on the occassional evening) printing stuff off and using software/harware just in case I come across any problems. (Some say you need a 0.5mm tip and brass ones wear with the carbon fibre's) So far everything printing OK, using PLA temps with ABS just leaves a swurly mess...
The big one for me will be to find a 1.75mm casting wax to print things off with.
MOLDLAY / wax-alike 3D Filament
I've printed these flexible filaments: FPE, Ninjaflex, 3D2-PRO, EcoPLA.
To print these, you absolutely need to print (with ABS to withstand temperature) and replace the upper filament guide: https://github.com/chili-epfl/3d-print-objects/blob/master/stock/leapfrog-creatrhs-aftermarket-mods/leapfrog-creatrhs-extruder-filament-guide-after-motor/stl/leapfrog-creatrhs-extruder-filament-guide-after-motor.STL Without this, the flexible filament will do this very quickly: http://swindon.hackspace.org.uk/blog/how-to-3D-print-with-flexible-filaments/27.png
The second thing to do is to reduce the printing speed drastically. I mean like on the order of 1/100 if need be. The more flexible the filament, the more you need to reduce the speed. You will find my settings for these materials here: https://github.com/chili-epfl/3d-print-config/tree/master/leapfrog-creatrhs Use these at your own risk.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
Please request a firmware download via the Ticket System