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RepRap X2V3

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Host Software

X2SW Software Bundle There are no specific requirements for the host software to transition from RepRap X2 to X2V3. The latest versions of X2SW Software Bundle will work for both X2 and X2V3 as well as usual single extruder printers. Starting with the version 1.1.0.7 the RepRap X2V3 profiles are bundled with the installer. It is however recommended to upgrade to the latest version to realize all the benefits of the dual extrusion printing. The latest profiles can always be loaded using X2SW profile manager from the online repository (chose under "RepRap/X2V3" branch in the profile tree). The X2SW profiles contain in itself the configuration of the printer UI and various slicing profiles for Skeinforge and Slic3r slicers bundled with the software package. As the new profiles get published the announcements are posted on the forum pages of the web site.

Slic3r

Here is the list of the Slic3r slicing profiles available at the moment:

Printer Settings:
Filament Configurations:
Print Settings:
How to Print
For the single extruder printing use "x2v3" Printer Settings configuration. You can check and/or modify all the Slic3r slicing settings by going to "Settings->Slicing settings" from the Pronterface UI. The "File->Open" menu item brings up the file selector dialog where an STL or G-code file can be picked. If the STL file is selected it is automatically sliced and the generated G-code is loaded. If a G-code (*.g) file is selected the G-code is loded as is. The dual and mirror printing works similarly, but requires chosing "x2v3-double" or "x2v3-mirror" Printer Settings configuration in the Slic3r slicing settings and preparing both extruders for the print.

If you like to use the dual extruder capabilities for printing support, infill or various parts of the object in different materials or colors use the "x2v3-multi" printer profile. The choice of extruder for perimeter, infill or support material can be changed under the "Print Settings"->"Multiple Extruders" tab.

If printing an object combined of two different colors or materials you will need two, primary and secondary, STL files (for primary material or color, and secondary material or color). The STLs have to be manifold and at the coordinates placing them at the right position against each other. The slicing has to be done using Slic3r plater window (click "S3rPlater" button to bring it up). When it is brought up go to "Plater" tab and click "Add..." button to add the primary STL. After adding the primary STL click the "Settings..." button (on the right from "Add..."). Chose the extruder 1 on the "Parts" tab of the popped up window and click "Load part..." button to load the secondary STL. Chose the extruder 2 when the secondary part is loaded. Note that the object is now consists of 2 parts and you can select each part and examine and/or add the part specific printing settings. When done, click "Ok", then click "Export G-code" and wait till slicing is finished (you will see the slicing status in the status bar at the bottom of the plater window). When complete close the plater window. The pronterface will load the G-code file automatically and you should see the extrusions paths for different extruders in different colors in the preview window.

After the G-code is loaded (for either dual or single extruder prints) prepare the extruder(s) by setting their and the bed temperatures. Use the "Extrude" button to try extruding a few millimeters of the filament to verify the printer operation. The "Tool:" choice button allows to pick the active extruder to send the commands to. If printing with single extruder leave the one you want to print with active. When ready press the "Print" button at the top of the window to start the printing.


Skeinforge

Here is the list of the Skeinforge slicing profiles available at the moment: In order to choose a profile go to "Settings->Slicer Settings" and pick the desired profile in the "Profile Selection" drop-down box. Then slice the model by opening its STL file in the Pronterface UI. After slicing is finished (might take a while for complex objects) it's ready to be printed.

ABS-0.35-Parts
This is a standard single extruder ABS printing profile.
How to print: ABS-0.35C-BASE and ABS-0.35C-INSERT
These profiles should be used together. The model has to be represented by 2 STL files. The first one will be printed with material loaded into extruder 0. The second will be printed using extruder 1. The second material can be ABS of different color or HIPS for printing manually generated support. The profile can be tweaked to work better with other than normal ABS or HIPS materials. For example it can be a conductive plastic or plastic with different properties for improving the final object flexibility or strength. The example of printing ABS inside HIPS support can be seen in the beginning of the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEW-DNo0GxI.
How to print: ABS-0.35D-Parts
This profile is for printing in ABS. It prints the same object from both extruders simultaneously. It's done by making the extruder 1 motors copying the steps made by extruder 0. The extruders have to be identical and use identical filament to achieve good results. The printing volume is reduced to 100mm on the X axis when this profile is in use.
How to print: ABS-0.35DM-Parts
This profile is for printing in ABS. It prints the mirrored copy of the object from the second extruder. It's done by making the extruder 1 motors copying the steps made by extruder 0 but some of them in opposite direction. The extruders have to be identical and use identical filament to achieve good results. The printing volume is reduced to 77mm on the X axis when this profile is in use. The example of printing two symmetrical parts for X2V3 machine using this profile is shown in the following video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c2cHfZs8kg.
How to print: ABS-0.35S-Parts
This profile is for printing in ABS from extruder 0 with Skeinforge generated support printed in HIPS from extruder 1. The example is the model of a cat shown in about 2 minutes from the start of the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEW-DNo0GxI. Skeinforge uses the same settings to generate G-code for printing the object and the support structures. Therefore, the filament of identical diameter has to be used in both extruders.
How to print: PLA-0.35-Parts
This is a standard single extruder PLA printing profile.
How to print: PLA-0.35C-BASE and PLA-0.35C-INSERT
Just like their ABS counterparts these profiles should be used together. The procedure is exactly the same. The profile is usually used for printing in PLA of different colors, but can be used for other material mixes with minor tweaking. The example of the dual color medallion printed using this profile can be seen at the end of the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEW-DNo0GxI.
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