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1 day 18 hours ago - Commented on dual extrusion
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6 days 20 hours ago - Commented on 3D Printer Suggestions
I use PLA, ABS, PET, PETG, TPE, Carbonfill, Formfutura HDGlass, TitanX, ApolloX, Colorfabb XT, HT, NGEN, CPE, Nylon, PC,
Nylon and PC still give me problems, but not because the printer won't print it but because I can't get it to stick well on the printbed (it warps to easy). Really need to test that and figure it out, but the printers are so busy I hardly have time to print my own designs.
I think the trick is that the Creatbot have a relatively short cooling blok above the nozzle, so you should not use too much retraction. I use 4.0 mm as max, and mostly between 3.4-3.7 mm.
1 week 20 hours ago - Commented on creatbot quality and support
Glad to hear it has worked out in the end.
I am not sure if the D600 uses the same extruder as the DE/DE-Plus, but mine have been pretty reliable. I did a 189 hour print a couple of weeks ago and the print itself went smoothly.
Usually, I print at 2400mm/min (40 mm/s) and sometimes at 35 mm/s for prints with small details and 25 mm/s for TPE filament. Somewhere between 35-45 mm/s seems to work best. As a test I have done some very small figurines at 15 mm/s but that is really slow and it would make no sense to try 2 cm figures on a printer like the D600.
Once in a while when I get a problem with extrusion I look at the filament. When it is all gnawed away and literally bent in a circle, it means that either the gear teeth are full of filament particles and that I put too much tension on the wheel.
Cleaning the gear teeth is a regular job and improves reliability enormously.
1 week 2 days ago - Commented on FDM Material for sea water use
Nylon would be a no go for me as it is not well suited for a wet environment in my experience.
My choice would probably be PETG, but mostly because it is easier to print with.
I have not printed in PC much because it warps very easily, but for use in water, both should be good IMHO.
1 week 3 days ago - Commented on 3D Printer Suggestions
I actually looked at the Raise 3D N2(Plus) model a year ago but decided against it because of the smallish build platform :)
The Z-axis is very nice of course, but I rather have a bigger platform in the X- and Y-axis and 12" was not that much more than the 10.4" x 10.4" I already had.
So I decided to go with the DE-Plus from Creatbot with it's 16""x 12 x 20" platform and haven't looked back since.
Well, sort of. Just yesterday I installed my third DE-Plus. It's running now, doing a 24-hour print. Next to the second DE-Plus doing a 37 hour print that's also next to my first DE-Plus on which I just started a 36 hour print...
There's also a standard DE on the table next to it's bigger brothers which has the same printbed but only a print height of 12".
There are not many printers which such a build platform.
One of them might be the CR10.
Another one I know of is the Creatbot D600.
I also know Creatbot is working on a somewhat smaller model with a 600x400x400 build platform. It is base on the the D600 but a bit smaller (and cheaper).
Other than these, I don't know.
1 week 5 days ago - Commented on creatbot quality and support
This thread is getting a bit messy :)
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In S3D I use 3.5-3.8 mm retraction for PLA at 35 mm/second
Printtemp is usually 210, bedtemp is 44 and printspeed is somewhere between 30-45 mm/s (I don't print very fast).
Use several brands of filament, but these are my most common settings.
Just received my fourth DE-Plus printer and have noticed that Creatbot has indeed changed the design.
No more keypad but now a touchscreen.
No more acrylic plates hanging on screws but nice hinges.
No more SD-card but a USB-stick.
Haven't completed the assembly yet, but it will be printing its first prints tonight for sure. Need to put the printing table together first. I have all my Creatbot printers on a separate table with wheels to allow better access to the rear and to move them around.
BTW, my first Creatbot finished a 189 hour print last week, printed without any hickups.
Only thing I need to do is to build a cover for the top to keep the heat in better.
2 weeks 3 days ago - Commented on Creatbot DX
Yes, the Zortrax is a very reliable machine. But I don't like the fact that you are supposed to use ony the Zortrax filament.
As far as reliability is concerned, I never had a problem with that with any of my Creatbot printers. Have three of them running almost continuously without much issues. Actually ordered my fourth one (another DE-Plus model) and hope to have it in next week so it can help me catching up with my back log.
One of the my Creatbot De-Plus printers has yesterday finished with a single printjob lasting 189 hours. 3 Kg of PETG filament in a single print is I think a good example of what a good printer should be able to.
Monday it will start on another part that will take about 200 hours to finish.
I keep track of every print I make and note down the order or the item (if it's for me), the material and color used and how long each print takes.
In total, 2018, my three Creatbots (2x DE-Plus, 1x DE) have been printing 598 print in 4263 hours. I think those numbers speak for themselves.
2 weeks 6 days ago - Commented on Raise3D's N2/Pro2, Ultimaker S5 or Up Box+
I have no experience with any of the offered auto bed leveling systems.
That said however, after you have done it 'by hand' for some time, you will find it is not very difficult to do.
It's not like you have to re-level your printbed after each and every print.