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PLA temp. on creatr HS

Although not a complete newbie it is my first LeapFrog.

After several attempts to print PLA from past knowledge I finally had to download the profiles from this site.  My question is with the workable range of 185 to 220 for PLA then why is the profile set at 260 degrees better yet why does it work?


I believe you might have downloaded the default print settings for ABS printing.

For PLA printing the extrusion temperature we use is 220 degrees. Going below 200 degrees will result in clogged nozzle blocks and improper printing.

So I would kindly ask you to have another look at the settings you downloaded and also the ABS temperature for extrusion is set at 240 degrees.

I have just checked the print profiles attached to the link below. Please have another look:

Print Settings for the CreatrHS in Simplify3D

Or are you maybe using another slicing software?

Thanks you were partially correct. I downloaded the correct profile but the PLA profile did not export correctly. into simplify. The numbers are now what I would expect.

Here's the real problem, when I run at 220 I get great first few layers then it start to skip printing and follows with plastic balling up on top of model then air printing. At 260 it prints with no problem. The only real sign of over heating the plastic is its gloss. I've tried dropping the temperature 5 degrees and within 5 layers it starts again. this does this with either nozzle and different color PLA. I run the same materials in my Robox at 218 with no problems.  I adjusted the extruder from 60 to 120% with minimal difference. I played with layer height from 100 to 200 again not much different.   Any thoughts? I know that 260 is to high of a temperature. I used the simplify troubleshooting guide trying most of what it had to offer.

In the process of trying all these settings I destroyed the print nozzle and patiently awaiting its replacement.


Are you maybe using a older version of Simplify 3D? This is the only reason why I can think of as to why the settings were not imported correctly.

Please make sure you have the latest update installed the 3.0.2.

I attached a test gcode for PLA printing on the HS for the right hot end. The file also has pictures of the resulted print. Please try printing it and let me know how it turns out.

The only reason why the extrusion of PLA at 220 degrees would not work is if the nozzle block might have some old filament inside. Could you try and manually load the filament inside the hot end ?

Instruction Video: Clogged Nozzle

See if you need to put a lot of pressure on the filament to see some extrusion at 220 degrees.

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I just received this printer 3 weeks ago. The simplify I'm using is the current version, I've upgraded the HS to all current versions. What I think happened with the profiles is I'm very meticulous and I unzipped the profiles in the simplify root.  The profile menu picked them up with there name but an underscore in front of it. I think when I selected it it caused simplify to chose an unknown default. The new version of simplify moved the export menu to the file menu and out of the profile selection as the instructions shows. I never really exported the files into simplify.

Now onto the 260 degree problem. You file was not attached for me to try, I've been doing a lego rectangle as a test. I will try that tonight,with the corrected profile and hopefully your file soon.

Thank you for the assistance


Used the correct profile and a temp of 210 printed much better this time. Increased temp to 215 with even better results. Going to try 220 as you first suggested next time I print. The lower temperature has now presented me with adhesion problems. I do want to thank you so much for your assistance in my problem. Now for the next adventure.    Thanks again.


I apologize the gcode did not go through but I attached it to this message just in case you ever want to try and run it;

Also I am glad to hear you are able to print now using the default settings.

after about 20 spools printing (PLA only) my experience is 

Bed 53C for first layers then down to 50 or 51 degrees

Nozzle start at 220 then down to 215 after bottom layer(s)

Fan start at 30% moving up to 75% or higher depending on filament from layer 3 this helps avoid rounding of corners

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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.

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


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

  • 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.
  • 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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