Spitfire System configuration and first print

Spitfire set up process

Operation A

Download, the spitfire system configuration includes PID values and slicing profiles (Cura and Simplify3d) specific for the spitfire

Operation B

Change the fan type from A to B. From the display menu go to : Advancedsettings/temperature/Fantype-B

If you do not find these options, contact the support team to update the firmware.

Se non fosse presente la scelta della ventola, contattare il supporto per aggiornare il firmware.

Operation C

Print the Gcode pid spitfire.gcode  inside the Spitfire System Configuration folder preaviously downloaded

Operation D

Load the print profiles provided in the Spitfire System Configuration folder, sub folder Spitfire Extruder profiles, you’ll find both profiles for Cura and Simplify3d

Do you need to replace the extruder?

Warning. Do you need to replace the extruder? The following video tutorial shows how to do it correctly.

 
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Spitfire System how to change the Cartridge

Here the video tutorial with the instruction for change the cartridge of spitfire extruder system.
The guide for change and insert correctly the HT o LT cartridge.

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Extruder cleaning

Operation A

Manually set the extruder temperature up 200° through the menu > control > temperature > nozzle > 200°.

Load PLA filament.

Rotate the black knob placed on the filament driver, counterclockwise to extrude, clockwise to retract the filament.
Alternate these movements until you see the extrusion of the filament.

Operation B

Manually set the extruder temperature up to 200° through the menu > control > temperature > nozzle > 200°.

If the filament had difficultly being extruded it’s possible to use a needle (Ø<0.4mm) inside the nozzle in order to remove any internal impurities that are clogging the nozzle.

Operation C

Manually set the extruder temperature up to 200° through the menu > control > temperature > nozzle > 200°.

Extract the 6mm Nylon tube, by pushing down the metal ring placed on the top pf the extruder.

Operation D

Manually set the extruder temperature up to 200° through the menu > control > temperature > nozzle > 200°.

Extract the 6mm Nylon tube, by pushing down the metal ring placed on the top pf the extruder.

Insert a 2mm steel wire inside the extruder, from the top, and push it down in order to remove the material that is clogging the extruder.

 

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Filament Driver change

Turn off the printer
Extract the 6mm Nylon tube, by pushing down the metal ring placed on the top of the extruder.
Unplug the 8 pin connector placed on the filament driver cable.
Cut the plastic cable tie placed on the cable.
Remove the 3 green/transparent rubber bands and place the new filament driver.
Re-plug the 3 green/transparent rubber bands into the 3 pins placed on the top of the new filament driver.
Insert the 6mm Nylon tube into the pneumatic fitting on the extruder.
Re-plug the 8 pin connector.
Use plastic cable ties to make sure that the cables are located as before the operation.

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Filament Load

Heat the extruder, through the menu > prepare > preheat PLA / ABS

Removal: Once it reaches the proper temperature, manually extrude some material and then, pushing the filament driver lever down, pull the filament out from the extruder.

Replacement: With the extruder hot, insert the new filament, and manually rotate the black knob counterclockwise until the material is extruded.

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Nozzle and PTFE tube changing

It’s possible to change the nozzle on the extruders purchased after January 1, 2016, this allows also different nozzle sizes, faster prints, and greater layer thickness.

To change the nozzle proceed as follows:

Manually set the extruder temperature up to 200° through the menu > control > temperature > nozzle > 200°.

Unscrew the old nozzle with a 5.5mm spanner key and remove it carefully using a cloth in order to avoid getting burnt.

Replace the nozzle with a new one, screw it until tight..

Proceed with the manual leveling of the printing bed.

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Broken filaments

Caused by the quality of the filament and exposure to humidity and/or sunlight. Tolerance to exposure varies depending on the material., Regardless, it is recomended to store the spool inside the original packaging while it is not in use..

 

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Extruder change

Turn off the printer.

Unplug the RJ45 connector from the extruder.

Extract the 6mm Nylon tube, by pushing down the metal ring placed on the top of the extruder.

Remove the two M3 screws from the bottom of the extruder fixing plate then pull the extruder to remove it.

Place the new extruder in position and tighten the two M3 screws from the bottom of the extruder fixing plate.

Plug the RJ45 connector in the new extruder.

Turn on the printer and proceed with the manual leveling of the printing bed.

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The extruder falls down at the end of a print

If at the end of the printing process the three steppers motors get disabled, the extruder may fall down and hit the printed object. This is caused by a command at the end of the Gcode, intended to save energy on Cartesian printers.

Disable the M84 command from the “END GCODE” section in the slicing software (just add a semicolon before the command. Example: ” ;M84 “)

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How does the Resurrection System works?

It saves the print coordinates of where the printer stops due to power failure during a printing process.

A “RESURR.G” file is created in the directory of the original file. Turn on the printer then select the file “RESURR.G” from the SD card and wait for the restart of the printing process.

CAUTION: If the nozzle remains in contact with the printed object do not to select the “auto home” command.

The Resurrection procedure begins with the nozzle automatically heating to 100°C in order to avoid violent detachments from the printed object.

After this heating process the three axes will go to the “home” position automatically. The printing process will resume when the heated bed and the exruder reach the .gcode printing temperature.

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The printed object surface is “spongy”

Check the .gcode file

Check that the .stl file do not presents 3d modeling issue (manifold edges / open surfaces )

Ensure the parameters of the slicing software are correct Ex: nozzle diameter, filament diameter, % material flow, extrusion temperature, E-step. per mm.

Ensure the extruder is working

1) Make sure that the RJ45 cable is properly connected to the extruder.

If it is not, turn the printer off and then connect the cable.

2) Check that the flexible pipes connecting the filament driver and the extruder are connected tightly, and that there are no obstructions or dirt inside them.

3) Ensure that the filament has arrived to the melting zone inside the nozzle.

Check the leveling of the printing plate.

If the nozzle is too close to the printing plate the filament will struggle to get out, causing a blockage between the filament driver motor and the filament pushing gear.

Then, proceed with manual leveling procedure and clean the toothed gear to remove any dust from between the teeth.

 Filament driver check

1) Make sure that the power cable is connected.

If not, turn the printer off and connect it properly.

2) Make sure the control is active, then: menu > prepare > movement > 1mm > extruder

3) Check that the black knob on the threaded gear is well-connected to the motor shaft. To check this hold the lever of the filament driver and try to pull the knob.

Then tighten the M3 set screw on the flat surface of the motor shaft, while centering the toothed part with the filament passageway.

4) Check if the cooling fan placed under the filament driver motor is working. If not, contact the customer service.

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The object does not stick to the printing surface.

Printing bed leveling.
Make sure that the printer is placed of a flat and stable surface.
– Check the printing bed leveling and:
menu > prepare > manual leveling > position > 00 > 01 > 02 > 03 > 00
Calibrate a distance of about 0.1mm between the tip of the nozzle and the glass plate by rotating the three wheels placed at the base of the printer (for the model DeltaWASP4070 screw up / down the three screws placed on the aluminum plate inside the printer) according to the extruder position.
Having a distance too high or too low will cause malfunctions or extrusion. A good way to ensure it is calibrated correctly is by attempting to push a sheet of paper between the nozzle and the print bed. The paper should be able to slip under without folding, but just barely.

Adhesion to the printing plate
Apply a layer of hair spray or glue on the printing surface in order to create a sticky layer that improves the adhesion of the molten plastic to it.

Extruder temperature and heated bed
Verify that the extruder and heated bed temperature are appropriate for the material that you want to print. (Check the data on the filament spool or on the filament manufacturer datasheet) For firmware pre V2.1 rev 6 the printing temperature should be set about 20 degrees less than the one written on the spool.

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More troubleshooting of printing plate calibration

Make sure that the printer is placed on a flat and stable surface.

Make sure that the three leveling wheels can rotate freely and are not blocked.

To improve the sliding of the three printing plate leveling wheels, it’s also possible to completely unscrew each one of the calibration wheel, clean the dirt with compressed air and apply some lubricant in order to improve the sliding of the screw within its bearing.

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Error MINTEMP / MAXTEMP

Verify the integrity of the RJ45 connector on the extruder and that it is properly plugged in.

If not, reconnect it and restart the printer.

If the problems persist contact the customer service.

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The printed object results are staggered

Steppers motors are loosing steps during the movements

-check the .gcode speed. Speeds over 250mm/s can make the transmission belts slide over the motor pulley and cause a loss of steps. (not with the TURBO version)

-check printing acceleration. Acceleration over 6000mm/s can make the transmission belts slide over the motor pulley and cause a loss of steps. (not with the TURBO version)

-check the material flow during the extrusion. A flow percentage over 100% could lead to an accumulation of material over the printed object, causing the extruder to hit this material and make the transmission belts slide over the motor pulley and cause a loss of steps.

-check the integrity of the nozzle, if it’s loose, it can slightly move down and hit the printed object, making the transmission belts slide over the motor pulley and cause a loosing of steps.

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The printer makes noises

Extruder Cooling Fan

The cooling fan placed on the extruder may be loud if setted to the maximum speed. It’s possible to set the cooling fan speed from the slicing software according to your need.

Moving axes noises

– Ensure that the noise does not come from the cooling fan placed on the extruder

– Verify that the four sliders placed under every vertical slide can move correctly. Manually push them slowly from the bottom to the top of the printer. If there is friction contact customer service.

– Check if the belt transmission bearings placed at the bottom of the printer have the correct fluidity.

– Check the teeth of the belt. If there are expansions or deformations between the teeth or cuts/damages contact customer service.

– Movement motors are losing steps

– Movement motors are overheating

– The pulley is not properly fixed to the movement motor shaft

– Movement motors support is not properly fixed in position.

Extruder impacts

– Check the printing bed leveling:

menu > prepare > manual leveling > position > 00 > 01 > 02 > 03 > 00

Calibrate a distance of about 0.1mm between the tip of the nozzle and the glass plate.

– Check the dimension of the object that you’re about to print. If the object’s dimensions exceed the maximum size of the printing area the extruder may hit the walls of the printer.

Input the correct parameters into the slicing software for the printer in use. (From firmware F20_rev6, F21_rev3 and F30_rev4 there is a software limitation)

– Check the installed plug-in, disable the pause at Z plug-in or set a movement value that is not greater than the maximum printing area. (From firmware F20_rev6,

F21_rev3 and F30_rev4 is present a limitation software)

– Movement motors are losing steps. See previous paragraph.

-check the material flow during the extrusion. A flow percentage over 100% could lead to an accumulation of material over the printed object, causing the extruder to hit this material and make the transmission belts slide over the motor pulley and cause a loss of steps.

-check the integrity of the nozzle, if it’s loose it can slightly move down and hit the printed object, making the transmission belts slide over the motor pulley and cause a loss of steps.

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Filament driver not working properly

1) Check the printing bed leveling:

menu > prepare > manual leveling > position > 00 > 01 > 02 > 03 > 00

Calibrate a distance of about 0.1mm between the tip of the nozzle and the glass plate.

2) Make sure that the power cable is well connected.

If not, turn the printer is off and reconnect it.

3) Make sure the control is active, then: menu > prepare > movement > 1mm > extruder

4) Check that the black knob on the threaded gear is well connected to the motor shaft. To check this, hold the lever of the filament driver and try to pull the knob.

Then tighten the M3 set screw on the flat surface of the motor shaft, while centering the toothed part with the filament passageway.

5) Check if the cooling fan placed under the filament driver motor is working.

6) Clean the extruder

If not working contact the customer service.

Effettuare pulizia estrusore

Vedi “ extruder cleaning

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Filament extrusion failure

Check the .gcode file

Check that the .stl file does not presents 3d modeling issue (manifold edges / open surfaces)

Check if the parameters of the slicing software are correct Ex: nozzle diameter, filament diameter, % material flow, extrusion temperature, E-step/per mm.

Check if the extruder is working

1) Make sure that the RJ45 cable is properly connected to the extruder.

If it is not, turn the printer off and then connect the cable.

2) Check that the flexible pipes connecting the filament driver and the extruder are connected tightly, and that there are no obstructions or dirt.

3) Ensure that the filament has arrived to the melting zone inside the nozzle.

Check the leveling of the printing plate.

If the nozzle is too close to the printing plate the filament will struggle to get out, causing a blockage of the filament driver motor and the filament pushing gear.

Next, proceed with manual leveling procedure and clean the toothed gear to remove the any dust from between the teeth.

1) Check the printing bed leveling and:

menu > prepare > manual leveling > position > 00 > 01 > 02 > 03 > 00

Calibrate a distance of about 0.1mm between the tip of the nozzle and the glass plate.

2) Make sure that the power cable is well connected.

If not, turn the printer is off and reconnect it.

3) Make sure the control is active, then: menu > prepare > movement > 1mm > extruder

4) Check that the black knob on the threaded gear is well-connected to the motor shaft. To check this, hold the lever of the filament driver and try to pull the knob.

Then tighten the M3 set screw on the flat surface of the motor shaft, while centering the toothed part with the filament passageway.

5) Check if the cooling fan placed under the filament driver motor is working.

6) clean the extruder

If it still is not working, contact the customer service.

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