( In advance, apologise for my english, hope everything goes clear ! )
Hi, i actually have some strange issues with my printer.
I've started by downloading multiple software for compare config and slicing performance. I've installed Simplify3D, Repetier Host and Creatr 1.0 ( Materialise, i've no license for now but i've already installed it )
With materialise, i've seen that have install some side software like "Build Processor System", I've add the printer in ( Creatr HS dual ) and seen they have some good stuff in it, like Head Alignement tools and stuff.
After looking at all this stuff, i've connect my printer and see that any software cant connect to it. After a fast review, i've found on the Leapfrog support i miss a FTDI Drivers, i've Downloaded and install it ( FTDI 232 HL or things like this )
Until i've installed this drivers, the software can connect to my printer correctly ( Simplify and repetier ) but the Build Processor one seem to be broken, the printer i've had have disappeared and i get a error message when i refresh ( Look the attached files, sorry, is in french )
I actually can print but cant use all the tools i have, and it's kind of disappointed ... Instead of this problem seen to be more deep than just this.
If someone know what happen and how i can solve this, i'll be really cool ! ( The only things i've found about this FTDI Driver is very alarming, like it's an very, very bad driver that can kill the FakeChips ... Don't realy know what that mean but it's not reassuring )
Thank you for your feedback. I need to first clarify something with a true and genuine response so as to not get get everyone that reads this forum article in a panic:
Our Creatr HS motherboards are designed by Leapfrog 3D Printers, and we have the supplier check every FTDI chip to make sure that it is not the "Fake Chip," as you say. We are aware of the issue and have taken steps to make sure that your Creatr HS does not have it. So no worries.
The issue that you are experiencing quite possibly is something else. I see that you've created a ticket on it in our support system (which is the fastest way to resolve the issue), so I look forward to assisting you further through the ticket. Feel free once we resolve the issue to let everyone know here in the forum what we found to be the cause, as it very well may help others with the same issue. Thanks again for using our forum - now let me quickly get to your ticket. ☺
Aaron C. - Leapfrog Technical Support Agent
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