I plan to buy a 3D printer soon. I need a high precision of the printhead but I have a request.
Could somone print and send me a testing device with a CreaTR printer? I am to going to use high precision measurement tools to check this printer's precision and repeatability. I have already designed the 3D testing model.
Also if you have any feedback about the real precision of these printers I'd like to hear about it.
Thank you for your attention.
My name is Cornel and i work for Leapfrog 3D printers Technical Support. I will gladly print the object for you and then mail it.
Please send me the STL file.
Which machine are you interested in buying? I will print the object on that specific model and you can check the accuracy.
Yes, of course.
You can use the profiles from the solution here and reduce the retraction speed to 3600 mm/min.
Where are you having issues with your prints? Oozing, Stringing, or Dragging? Perhaps I can give you some insight on some tuning you can do to your settings.
Did you reduce the retraction speed as i have mentioned in the previous post? this can be a very decisive change.
I have just had my new Creatr HS for 3 weeks Wednesday.
Basically I really like the machine and think compared with many on the market it does represent reasonably good value for money.
...... however the inability to print the most basic part, consistently is getting to be quite a big disappointment. I would very much like to work with the Leapfrog Team to test every variable in a methodical manner to rule out possible sources of inconsistency in the machines operation.
I have already 'Devoted' between 4-6hrs most evenings over many weeks / weekends are up to 6-8hrs working on every little test to understand and isolate where the problems are.
So tonight I started as follows:
1. Cleaned the glass bed and put on a new piece of Blue Painters tape (I am waiting for a new sticker)
2. Calibrated the bed (many times tonight)
3. Rechecked extruders to ensure they are the same height.
4. Only one (left) extruder used for all the test (right extruder is blocked, extra heat and a pin does not work).
5. Deleted all the Factory Files and re-imported them from the following link
6. Checked the Feed Pressure adjustment was not screwed in too much or too little, pressure is good.
Please note all the prints tonight were made using the default setting, except the 50x50x5mm block. I reduced the retraction speed to 3600mm/min per Cornel's suggestion earlier which did not help unfortunately.
In addition I used the following two FFF Profiles, the end result = Ruined print.
I have also gone to the effort to make a short video, apologies for the quality.
It is I hope available for you via this link http://youtu.be/fju2TWtKVYM
This is a test to print the 50x50x5mm block.
What I would like to try to be able to successfully replicate creating a part that can be used as the baseline shall we say for calibration.
1. Send me an STL file or a link to use as the baseline test model.
2. Send me the FFF Profile or advise which one of the defaults to use.
3. Advise all other pertinent settings to ensure (as far as practical) that we are doing the same print.
Looking forward to resolving this before this goes on for much longer.
Interested to hear if anyone else has had the same experience as me?
Sorry to hear that you seem to be suffering similar results to me.
I am a self employed consultant and have been in engineering for more than 25 years having spent more than 12 years on the production (CNC) machining side of operations I (humbly) consider myself somewhat versed with this sort of technology like yourself. In conjunction that I have been now in design (including Automotive plastics) since 2000 I think this is familiar territory.
As you said I also did not purchase such an pricey 3D Printer for fun either I intended to offer and higher level of service to my customers however not being able to realise this and successfully commission the printer is more than frustrating.
I have posted a number of request to the Creatr 'Community' in the hopes that others out there may provide some further insight and I will gladly share any info, good or bad.
I wonder how long have you had your printer, how many hours have you also committed to getting it running, it sounds a lot like myself?
I am looking forward to getting a single test piece from Leapfrog as a BASELINE part that was (or can be) used to reliably calibrate the printer with the FFF Profiles already available. To me this should be achievable otherwise we 'purchasers' are not able to confidently 'commission' (put into reliable, continuous use) the printer for the reasonably expected purpose.
Given that I am (ashamedly) robbing my family of time with my wife and children really is pushing the boundary of my positive attitude and patience so I have high (and reasonable) expectations that Leapfrog deliver a solution for us that enable these printers to be put to proper use soon (I don't mean 3-4months time).
Rather than continually typing endless emails it would be good to have a discussion via Skype or phone. Perhaps we can organise some time to call and chat further; how does this sound to you?
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
Please request a firmware download via the Ticket System