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Pause to change filament

The pause feature is great however it does present some problems on larger prints if You wan to change filament spools. First and foremost since the printhead does not move away from the print it will burn Your print during pause. 


Solution please move the head to x0 y0 on pause then move back to previous end position before resuming.


What we do, when we want to change the filament mid print, we first pause the print, then we pull the z axis belt, so the platform will be lowered, then we load the new filament manually and catch the filament of the loading process with a piece of paper, so it does not fall on the modell. When you then press play again the printhead will go back to the point where it stopped and goes on printing. 

Hi David 


Thanks for Your answer. 2 problems with this 

1) My models are a bit bigger than Yours I suspect (see enclosed picture) filling the bulk of the print bed and up 180mm (max) height. Thus lowering the bed is seldom an option as I can not remove the spools if I lower it further and raising the bed will cause the model to hit the Y-axis.

2) Though I have not tried this yet I sincerely doubt the printer has any understanding of how to get back from an ad-hoc adjustment of Z-height (pulling the belt) as this would require a zero all axis move and then re-adjusting to the absolute values of the pause. Should this be possible  it would be fantastic because then my proposed leave and return to print would not require much coding. 


I will print a test cube and try Your proposed solution.


best regards



There is a alternative to pausing the print which can help you print the model in sections.


If you search for Netfabb on google you will find a free software in which you can cut and repair STL files. To that end you can cut the model in half and then glue it together using glue or better yet using a soldering gun you can glue it and add more strength then normal glue would do.

https://www.netfabb.com/products/netfabb-basic

Yes netfab is great and I use it all the time to make sure my models are without faults. And sometimes I use it to cut my models too. However with a total length of 1354mm I already cut the model down to 169.25 length pieces (8 in total) to make suer I had some spare room above the model for when I remove it from the bed. In order to be able to comfortably remove the spools below the print bed I would need to cut the model into 11 pieces of 123,1mm meaning I'll have to do 11 instead of 8 prints and that is exactly what I ended up doing. So due to the non option of moving spools outside i end up with only 68% usable print height and still have the problem of burns where the head stops. 

Please make the heads move to the side on pause then at least I won't get cavities when I pause the printer.

The request will be forwarded to our R&D department and they will see of this feature can be implemented in the next software update.

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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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