In this section we show you the basic settings for different materials printed with the dddrop LEADER series. It is a starting point for testing different materials. We will update this section with more exotic materials soon.
Before EVERY print:
- Clean the glass bed BEFORE EVERY PRINT with a tissue and the dddrop bed cleaner. This will give you the best fixation of your model to the print bed. Even when you did not touch the glass between prints you MUST do this. The filament will leave some deposit during printing at the bed that will give you fixation problems during your next print.
- When printing with ABS it can be helpful to put a bit of acetone on the glass bed, then rubbed it with a (printed) piece of ABS and spread it evenly over the print bed. This way you create a thin layer of ABS “milk” that will make your ABS product stick to your bed better. Be very careful using Acetone and follow the instructions on the Acetone package carefully before use.
TIP: When printing a model with a small footprint it can be helpful to use a “BRIM” in your slicer settings (see slicer software manual). This way you increase the area between the model and the print bed. This “BRIM”can be removed from the model very easy after printing.
- Check your filament BEFORE every print: The outer winding’s of your filament can be entangled or loose. This often results in the filament being blocked during printing and destroy your product (parts unfinished).
Solution: Unwind the loose outer winding’s of the filament from the roll, then rewind them nice and tight again: This small effort will save you 90% of the failures because of stuck filaments.
- If you experience problems with your prints sticking to your print bed: Check if your print bed is still properly level. It only takes a few minutes but can be big factor for getting good 3D prints. Follow the instructions in the dddrop LEADER 3D printer manual.
Note: The dddrop LEADER is a very stable and robust 3D printer, you do not need to level your bed often if you do not apply too much force when removing your parts from the print bed.
Basics for better prints:
- When you increase your printing speed, you must also increase your temperature for faster extrusion.
A guide: when you increase your printing speed to 125% then you need to increase your temperature with 5°.
- Do not leave your FAN out for more than 5 layers: It will overhead your print head.
- The higher (Nozzle & Bed) temperatures for the first layer(s) help the model stick to the print bed better. After one or two layers printing, you can drop the temperature(s) a little to prevent your model from staying too weak during print. If the temperature(s) stay too high your models can deform under it’s own weight, especially taller models with smaller footprints.
- Be careful: Materials from different suppliers can have different optimum nozzle and bed temperatures.
- The dddrop LEADER uses 1.75mm filaments. Check your filament wire diameter / shape and put it correct in your Slicer software: Size matters!
- Never use silicone-, Teflon- or other sprays for lubricating your filaments: It will not make your filament run smoothly but destroy your prints and damage your print head!
- You can download complete settings for Slic3r and SIMPLIFY3D® in our download section. Here you can find some good information about print quality problems and possible causes.
Material / temperature settings:
>>> These settings are the latest settings as they evolve during testing, when final we will update the profiles for the slicer software. Settings in RED are still experimental, no settings files available: Start with PLA settings and adjust the values to start experimenting with the new material.
|PLA||First layer 245° / other layers 240°||60° ~ 70°||First 3 layers 0% / other layers 40% ~ 70%||0.2 – 0.4 – 0.6 – 0.8mm||Normal / Fast|
|ABS||First layer 275° / other layers 270°||110° ~ 120°||First 3 layers 0% / other layers 40% ~ 50%||0.2 – 0.4 – 0.6 – 0.8mm||Normal / Fast|
|dddrop PET-G||All layers 250°||80°||First layer 0% / other layers 40%||0.2 – 0.4 – 0.6 – 0.8mm||Normal|
|dddrop FLEX||All layers 220°||60°||All layers 40%||0.4 – 0.6 – 0.8mm||Slow / Normal|
This section will update frequently with new and updated settings.