I know it's a bit late, but maybe it's never too late to thank you all for the settings you've shared (very informative, especially on the retractation setting). So ... thank you again ! Right now I'm using :
Extruder Temperature = 235 CBed Temperature = 45 C (buildtak)Slow Down If Layer Print Time Is Below = 20 secondsMaximum Fan Speed = 100%Minimum Fan Speed = 50% Retraction: 0.5mm @ 50mm/s
Correct. Most printers do not allow you to travel to negative Z values. However, this can be disabled in the firmware configuration. In Marlin, the option is called software endstops. With that turned off, you can use MatterControl's Z Offset setting without limitations.
Are you running the cooling fans during the print? You said you have a Robo R1. Does it still have the silicone sock around the heater block? If not, then the cooling fans may be overpowering the heater. This is an issue we have seen before with those printers.
Actually the first layer is 180 degrees rotated like I did in Matter Control. The next layer is then printed and every subsequent layer is shifted the way I moved it on the platen. Weird i know. Thanks for the answer i will try getting a different card and doing it it that way.
@mmoening, please accept my comments here as friendly feedback (it's hard to tell in an email).
I find the quality / material methodology to be the most confusing feature of MatterControl. I've had the software for 2 years now and I still find myself scratching my head to understand the paradigm.
From my view, there is a certain expectation that software such as MatterControl should be rather self-explanatory. I don't see anything that is so complex about material / quality settings that would warrant the confusing implementation. My take on the implementation is that it is designed from an engineering view rather than that of an average user. Surely there is better way.
That said, I think overall the team has done a good job making the software easy too use; I particularly like the "Show Help" option.
We don't yet support different size nozzles in the same print but it is in the road-map. We just shipped 1.7.0 with lots of updates to path planing in the slicer and our focus is going to be on editing tools as the next big feature. Once that is in we are looking to do lots more with multi material printing including various nozzle sizes.
Yup, that M107 must be it. It's the only difference between the two codes. Even if I put it at the very end of the start code it changes everything. No bed heating, slow homing...
So, a little clarification, at the risk of making myself look stupid. The info I had about the M190, M104, M109 codes was coming from the RepRap wiki g-code page. My memory told me it was 3D printer g-code in general. I guess there are still inconsistencies between the 3D printer manufacturers. In fact, the M107 fan off command is deprecated in RepRap; maybe that's the problem. I believe the FlashForge control is based on RepRap.
For now I am going to have to translate all my files through Replicatorg to clean out the M107, unless there is another way to get it out of there.
Unless, of course, I am still doing something wrong...
Still, nice piece of software! I've tried a few so far and this is my favorite.
Getting good results with 3D printing is all about experimentation. This is especially true for support material. The default settings give you a starting point to work from, but you will always have to tune things for your specific situation. Don't be afraid to make large alterations. This is the only way you will learn exactly what effect each setting has. Remember that you can preview what will happen using the Layer View. MatterControl also makes it easy to go back to the defaults if you mess things up.