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need help to know what i'm doing wrong

Hello,


this is my first post on this forum , so , hello everybody !


I have my creatr Dual since 2 days now, and there is something i can't understand.

even i choose PLA or ABS , with medium or High quality , all the face which look down are wrong and noisy and like wavelet.

It's the under red zone of my picture.


I'm using The last release of Simplify 3D


thanks for your kindness


Please try and shut off the heating for bed after the 1st few layers when using PLA or don't heat it at all, with ABS won't work because the object will come off the bed if the bed is not warm enough.

That issue is related to the fact that the object is very small and the temp around the object is high all the time and the filament doesn't have time to cool down and the layers are pressed into each other. 

Thanks You , i wil try.


An other issue i have is that my planar surfaces have some hole ( in the black parts of the object in the picture )

and my obects aren't verticales but are leaning , tilted, i don't know the correct word to use in this case .

This may be due to a known bug in Simplify 3D. Try this:

In the Simplify 3D process, on the gcode tab, turn off "allow zeroing of extrusion distances (i.e. G92 E0).

thanks you, that's a fast answer, i appreciate :)

I will try a new print of this bicolor object without heated bed and with this Gcode checkbox disabled .


I'm back soon to let you know .

The solution Robert was talking about is for solving the leaning issue only.

Ok, and did you know how to proceed to not have the holes in the black surface ?

Do i need to put my Black extrusion hotter ? slower ? or any other paramater i didn't know at this time ?

I am not sure i can see which holes are you referring too. Could you be more specific please?

Maybe there are more visible in this picture, i add some red strokes.

got it, thank you for the photo.

you should consider raising the infill percentage and the number of the top solid layers. maybe a slower printing speed but this last one is optional. 

Ok, so,


I will start a new print with :


  1. Bed heater off
  2. Unchecking the gcode G92E0
  3. Raising the top layer from 4 to 6
  4. Raising the infill percentage from 30% to 50%

thanks for your helps, i 'm back soon to let all you know.

My fisrt layer not staying sticky to the bed without heating it. 

I try with 60° but it's not ok, i will try with 70°.

My previous test with 80° make the object too difficult to unstick from the bed after printing .


so, i just keep this parameter at this time


  1. Unchecking the gcode G92E0
  2. Raising the top layer from 4 to 6
  3. Raising the infill percentage from 30% to 50%

Now it's impossible to print anything.

All the PLA is glued to the head of the extrudeur. nothing is on the bed, the Z level seems good !


looks like i need the Gcode G92E0 enabled ... but it's leaning .. 

the filament sticks to the nozzle probably because the temp is too low for the extrusion, please raise the extruder temp by 10 C.

Another possible reason is that the offset in between the tip of the nozzle and the bed is too much. Which software are you using to generate the code with?

I'm using Simplify3D 2.1.1

I've done 2 test this night.


the Black PLA at 215° 

Primary layer 0,1000 mm

Top solid layer 6

Interior fill 20%


the white at 190° 

Primary layer 0,1000 mm

Top solid layer 6

Interior fill 30%


the bed 50°



with "allow zeroing of extrusion distances (i.e. G92 E0). " ON :


i have my object whithout holes now ! i thinks the temperature is the good one ( 215° , but the black is now shinny instead of mat )

But it's stay leaning


with "allow zeroing of extrusion distances (i.e. G92 E0). "


I have only some first layer of white, after i do'nt know what happen, the white is'nt sty stichy, .. it's not working at all .

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The following 3 clips will guide you through the installation process of your Creatr. 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 Creatr

In this clip, you will be guided through the unpacking of a brand new Creatr. 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
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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 Creatr 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 Creatr 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]
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–>[ shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00 ] – Select ‘Troubleshoot’
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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 Creatr!

Google sketchupHow to export STL files from Sketchup

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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 Creatr. Please follow the instructions below to install the print profiles for Mac [not yet included in the video]:

- Download This file
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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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