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Auto Bed Levelling / Auto Tram/Tramming Correction

Hi All,


While this is not necessarily always a 'big' problem for me it is something that I'd rather not have to do.


That is levelling the bed.....


Has anyone (Leapfrog included) a solution to this, meaning a method to retrofit some peripheral to automatically level the bed?


I know this has been moded to resolve this issue for other printer so what about the Leapfrog Creatr HS?


I believe it is available on the Leapfrog Xeed printer but at another 5K Euro I think is not (for me speaking personally) value for money giving that I can see the technology to implement this is not so sophisticated and have seen several articles showing how this is done for other printers.


Does anyone have experience or more ideas on this?


I do suspect that if this were done to your printer without direct instruction you may well void any warranty so check first...


Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.


Kind regards


David


The new software update for the Creatr HS has a display option that makes leveling the bed a bit easier, however it is not yet fully automatic. If you haven't downloaded the new display software update for the Creatr HS, check out: Latest updates for Creatr HS

Hi Aaron,


Would you please fix the link, I get this error msg when using it?


Thanks,


David

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My apologizes, David. Hmm.... I seem to be able to open it (viewing it from Customer view, and not our Technical Support view). The page may have been down for maintenance when you tried it.


If it's still not coming up for you, it maybe possible that you can access it the long way by going to Our website home page - www.Leapfrog.com, clicking on the support tab at the top, and choosing "Customer Support Center." Then you can search for the solution entitled "Latest updates for Creatr HS."


However, if it's the 2.1.1 software update that you're looking for, I've attached it to my post to save you the trouble. - Sorry for the inconvenience.

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AN UPDATE OF MY PREVIOUS POSTS - CHECK IT OUT!


And of course the moment I hit send on my previous post, our tech team receives a memo about this same topic asking us to get the word out to all our clients about the update. 


Please read this blog update from one of our software programmers: Blog: Stand Alone Software and Firmware Updates


After, updating the Stand-Alone Software and the Firmware, please note that under-extrusion might start occuring in your PLA prints unless you adjust your Extrusion Multiplyer Setting in Simplify 3D's print settings to a value of 1 (if it's not already set).


Many thanks!

-Aaron C. - Leapfrog Technical Support Team


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Hi Aaron,


Many thanks for the link to the interesting article and detailed description on how to perform this update. This is of great interest to me and many other Leapfrog user I expect.


However sadly (and I have posted yet another ticket to Leapfrog Tech Support) that for some unknown reason my printer will not recognise the .HEX file format but only looks for a .gcode or .JAR file...... REALLY REALLY annoying and frustrating as I've never been able to get my printer to perform reliably :-( so I am no longer and far from being a happy customer anymore :-(


But many thanks for the effort and support to try and resolve my problem.


Regards,


David.

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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.

Demo Print Downloads

Drivers Downloads

Software Downloads

Firmware Downloads

Please request a firmware download via the Ticket System

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