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materialize vs simplify

 Is there any comparison chart between materialize and simplify.

I have been using simplify with my HS since I got it. Was using repetier host with my other machine for years. I like the support structure edit feature, but most of the other features don't have the control I want. i.e. too difficult to change  extruder temps on the fly - I have screwed up prints trying to use.. Need better layer control setting don't change between extuders. Really don't like NOT seeing G-code within the program to add/substract code for specific models. Creating multiple process files for same model has too many limitations to it - etc.

thanks, Mark


Hi Mark,


I am not a support person from Leapfrog.

I have used both materialise and simplify 3d softwares though.


The first version of the materialise software was very very very poor, the slicing was horrible and the control of the machine was awfull. I tried for a couple of parts but it was impossible to have them working.

Used my settings in the simplify 3D and the parts were produced in the first shot.


A update was released for the software itself together with new profiles.

Then it is a completely different history, in the first shot using a single head it worked like a charm. Almost no problems, just very few adjusts required in the profiles but the best quality than I ever achieved using Simplify 3D.

Tried dual-head printing and it was a mess, after correcting the standard profiles, it works great now.


I am not using Simplify 3D anymore, Materialise s much simpler and allows you to change the same parameters as simplify. I did not used supports yet in it, but i will give a go and will let you know.


Best Regards,

Thiago

Thanks for the info.  One issue I have with simplify is that the print time estiamtes where way off- especially with complex models.  How accurately does materialize predict print times?

 

Dear Mark and Thiago ,


I would also like to let you know that currently there is a beta version of the Creatr 2.0 software powered by Materialise which is being tested and will be release before Christmas or at the beginning of January 2016 which will be available to update from the Creatr 1.0 ( just like when you upgraded the Simplify 3D software).


The Creatr 2.0 will have new features, for example the preview gcode option, full control of the support material ( just like in Simplify and many other) not to mention the quality of the prints made with Simplify 3D in comparison to the Creatr software is quite big. I will make sure to upload a short explanation with pictures of the same prints made with Simplify and the Creatr software so Leapfrog customers can see first hand the differences in quality.


Let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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User Manual

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!

Troubleshooting Trees

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.

Demo Print Downloads

Drivers Downloads

Software Downloads

Firmware Downloads

Please request a firmware download via the Ticket System

Creatr XL Video Library