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Manual Control in Repetier- XL

Is anyone having issues with the manual control in Repetier V0.90C? I am having two problems:


1. The manual settings default take over no matter what. If I start a print job that has a specific material setting selected for both the extruder and bed temp the manual settings take over. I am not selecting them. If I turn any of the GUI buttons to "off" it turns off the temp signal completely instead of going to a default (I would assume the saved material settings). So there is no point in saving a material profile if I have to go change the manual settings every time I print!


2. The fans setting does nothing. Minor annoyance. It would be nice to turn these little noise makers down when not printing. The slider does nothing. Any idea on how to get this working?


Thanks,


Sean


Hi Sean,
The little fans make a lot of noise because the blades are so close to the metal front.
Just unscrew them, take some longer screws, and then mount them again but now with a nut between the fans and the front.  Noise will be drastically lower.

 Or you could print a fan spacer, like Zabana's :

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:81243


Best regards,

Marc

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The gcode file has commands at the beginning that turn on the required heaters and set temperatures (based on your settings when you sliced the model). Any material defaults are only used in the creation of the gcode file.


 If you change the temperature or turn off a heater after the print has started it will use the new setting. That's how it's supposed to work.  


The fan control is intended for a nozzle cooler, which Creatr does not have (unless you add one). For example : http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:47086  The electronics board does have provisions for a nozzle cooler and the fan control does work for that (I use one.)


The fans that are on the print head are there to cool the stepper motors and prevent filament from softening above the opening of the extruder which could lead to a filament jam. They are intended to run all the time. Yea they are noisy.

Great tip Marc. I will be doing that ASAP! Do you know of anyone that has changed out the fans to quieter ones? I am assuming 24V?

 

Robert,

Thanks for the clarification. The on/off works as it should. I will have to investigate the behavior and origin control of the M190 and M104 values being written into to script. I guess I was playing with the temp setting manually, then started a print, and whatever I had entered in the manual boxes took over. I was expecting the manually inserted vals to be overwritten once the job was executed.

On the nozzle cooling: So that just cools the material being laid down quicker? Or the actual nozzle? Assuming you can't have that on for the first few layers and have things stick, I don't see how that wouldn't cause the tip(s) to cool off too much and clog when it kicks on. I guess the air flow is constant so the feedback loop just sends more power to the tips after it has been blowing for a minute. 

 

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Quick Start Guide

Installation clips
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
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 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]
- 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 Creatr!

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 Creatr. 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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