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Bolt implementation to Simplify3D

Hello, is it planned to create a profile to be able to work with Simplify3D and the Bolt? I love the features and freedom Simplify gives me and it is really annoying two switch between two programs all the time. Also, i find the slicing results to better with Simplify. In addition, Creatr constantly crashes when i edit print profiles, which is also really annoying 'cause everything has to be loaded and set up again. So a Bolt profile for Simplify would be highly welcome. Greetings, Tobias

Indeed we are preparing the print profiles for the Leapfrog Bolt and hopefully we will be able to release them next week at the latest.

I am curious if anyone has been printing with S3D on the Bolt. Although it does give some more flexibility than Creatr it lacks the ability to support extended supports. We find extending supports around horizontal holes enables PVA to bridge the PLA allowing the PVA to stick better to the PLA in those areas too small to build PVA supports! S3D does not carry its extended support to the build plate? But leaves them hanging the extended amount in space! We brought this to S3D's attention and they told us to build surfaces less than one layer thick where we want supports to the build plate over those holes. I didn't realize this software was still in the 1990's, where we have to prep the model for supports!? Creatr does this, but it has other issues,, of course!
We have been printing with S3D on the bolt but by now we are convinced of the current implementation. We have a lot trouble with prints not sticking to the bed properly/first layer adhesion that do not occur when using Creatr (other settings being the same). We could try to re-create your problem if you want to, but i think i do not fully understand the solution that S3D is suggesting. From what i understood you want to extend the supports in areas where you have horizontal holes in order to create more PVA volume there to help create a proper support. I just don't get what S3Ds solution ("build surfaces less than one layer thick where we want supports to the build plate over those holes") should look like? Does it mean they want you to build a small layer of build material in the first layers and then keep building PVA support up to the point where your horizontal holes are? At least that is what i understood...
the best solution I have found for bed adhesion issue is to use Elmer's glue stick, purple, water soluble. Our prints both with Creatr and S3d stick so well, larger prints can be difficult to remove. Also turn up the first layer extrusion to 150% and slow down the speed to 15mm/s. For the horizontal hole solution, imagine a block with a horizontal hole, two pillars approx. the hole diameter wide erected on each side of the block under the hole, at the top of each hole is where you would model a roof extending from the block equal to the diameter of the hole. This tricks S3D into thinking it needs to support the extended surface, but because its thinner than one layer it ignores having to print it. I think this solution is truly lame, that they should fix their software. The fact that the software knows enough to support a feature and not to print it, is nonsense. the fact that you can extend supports but not support those supports is a clear error in the code. See images.
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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!

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

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Software Downloads

Firmware Downloads

Please request a firmware download via the Ticket System

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