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CF-XT20

Hi 

I am trying to print the new colorfabb CF-XT20 filament with carbon fibre. I just can't find the right settings. I found out the creatr HS max extruder temperature is 270°C.. (also meaning you cannot print Titan filament which needs higher temp.)  so either I have to print much slower? or needs a bigger nozzle? It starts OK but after a few layers nothing sticks anymore and it does not extrude enough. 

to me it seems the filament does not melt fast enough.

I have a similar problem with the PLA glow in the dark.. it stays soft and after about 10 layers it looks different. or with cooling nothing sticks. 


Hi Marc,
I used the colorfabb CF-XT20. My experience is not too bad with this type of filament. I use the following settings:
- PLA/Medium quality/0.2mm layer thickness
- Extruder Temp: 265°C
- Bed Temperature: 60°C
- Speed: 2500mm/min --> but outline speed reduced by 40%
But be aware, the filament is abrasive ! I just lost two brass nozzles and this after 10 hours (approximately).  The filament is good in terms of look and feel, but if it destroys that often my nozzels, then it will be gone soon.
Hope this helps !
Cheers

 

Hi philipp

OK I will try this. I found other problem with my machine I solved now maybe it will work better now. what nozzle size did you use? 0.35mm?

yes CF materials are extremely abrasive, I also destroyed a brass nozzle in 1 day ( the protopasta CF PLA).  I had Stainless steel nozzles made now 0,5 and 0.36mm i will try them to see if they last longer.

If you ( or someone else) need some let me know, I have extra ones. 

mk

Hi Marc! Do you still have nozzles made of stainless steel får sale? Or maybe you know where I can order a couple of them? Regards, Paul

hi paul 

yes I still have some stainless steel nozzles, 0.35 and 0.5 mm


How nice! I would like to buy 2 of each, please give me an e-mail with information regarding price etc. ramklevgamman@icloud.com 

That is greate!  I would like 2 of each. I wrote my email in my last reply but it has not been approved so I try again. I would be thankful if you could send me information regarding payment and so on. Ramklevgamman@icloud.com //Paul
Hello Marc, Your observation of the material not melting fast enough might be true. Using steel nozzles is a good idea since the CF is abbrasive. However, the heat conduction of steel is worse than the heat conduction of brass. Probably you have to print way slower with steel nozzles than with the brass ones. My steel nozzles are still on the way. Will try out CF filled PETG next month probably.
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User Manual

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!

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.

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