Progress with my 3D Printer

I’ve started to do more complex prints over the past few days and I was running into problems with my prints.  After a little back to basics trouble shooting I think I’m getting the hang of the machine.

My Leapfrog Creatr came with a test print in the bed when it arrived, and for the first few weeks I found myself downloading STL files from the Thingiverse and printing them no real problems. But the prints were small and quick to print.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been designing parts I would like to print and every time I tried to print a large (>80mm) part it would lift from the bed.

Here are the two things I’d recommend you do:
1) PLA only requires a bed temperature of 60 degrees C, lower it from the default 90.
2) Level the bed as soon as you get your machine! (It was level when it left, but is it when you crack the shipping box!?)

After doing these, I’m starting to get really great results! Now I’m able to do bigger and longer prints without worrying too much if they are going to go wrong.

The first of these was a box for my Carambola i2c IO board (which has been converted to a Raspberry Pi controller, but that is another post!).

Here are the results:

RPi Heating Controller - Top section with Raspberry Pi mounting holes

RPi Heating Controller – Top section with Raspberry Pi mounting holes

Top of the box with the Raspberry Pi fitted:

RPi Heating Controller - Top section with the Raspberry Pi mounted

RPi Heating Controller – Top section with the Raspberry Pi mounted

The top and bottom:

The RPi Heating Controller - Two halfs with PCBs installed.

The RPi Heating Controller – Two halfs with PCBs installed.

The box assembled:

RPi Heating Controller - Assembled - top view front

RPi Heating Controller – Assembled – top view front

The side with access for power and Ethernet:

RPi Heating Controller - Assembled - view of the power and comms

RPi Heating Controller – Assembled – view of the power and comms

The output connector side:

RPi Heating Controller - Assembled - View of the output connectors

RPi Heating Controller – Assembled – View of the output connectors

All good.. at last I can call this one done!

My new 3D Printer – Leapfrog Creatr

After much research into 3D printers, I finally took delivery of a Leapfrog Creatr on the 21st of November.

Here are a few pictures of the un-boxing!

Speaking of box, the shipping box is first class, solid and well packed.

The shipping boxThe printer, just out of the shipping box:

Printer out of the shipping boxI got the dual head version of the Creatr:

Print heads and tableOf course with a 3D printer goes a Thingiverse account.  You can check out the parts I’ve made and download the STL files.

I’m using Repetier-Host and Slic3r to drive the printer.  I’ve got it set up on a Ubuntu machine.  LeapFrog don’t have a Linux version for download on their site, so if you are looking for all the settings, please drop me a line, or I might post a zip file soon.