This category provides instructions on preparing a model for 3D printing and explains all print settings (normal and advanced).

Preparing to Print

Once you determine the model’s size, its position in the workspace and the position of the support, you can change and adjust the print settings. Click Preview to open the Normal and Advanced print settings menu. Here you can define all parameters influencing the model’s quality and durability, such as the layer thickness, the type and level of infill or the fan speed.

Normal Print Settings

Normal print settings include:

Layer thickness: choose the height of a single layer: 0,09mm/0,14mm/0,19mm/0,29mm/0,39mm (depending on the material). Finer layers provide better surface quality but make the printing process more time- and material-consuming.

Print Quality (previously Speed):

in M200 and Zortrax Inventure:
HIGH/NORMAL. High quality gives better looking prints but increases the printing time.

in M300: HIGH/NORMAL/DRAFT. Models with HIGH option take more time to be printed but are of better quality.

Infill: choose the amount of infill of the model by adjusting the slider (from 10 to 70%). The more infill you choose, the more material will be used during the printing process and it will take more time to print your model.

Advanced Print Settings

Advanced print settings include:

SEAM – It allows you to choose the starting point of the new layer (normal or random)

SURFACE LAYERS – Use this function if you aim at achieving a thicker finishing of the model. It helps you to choose the amount of layers at the top and at the bottom

OFFSET – it helps to correct the internal and external dimensions of a model. It is possible to modify outer contours and holes dimension.

FAN SPEED – You can choose the speed of the fan which cools down the model. Cooling is not useful for big prints without any thin parts, whereas high cooling is better for small and thin prints. We recommend leaving the default option – AUTO. The printer will adjust the fan speed accordingly.

INFILL Advanced:

  • MESH – Prints the model with 0% infill with horizontal surfaces (top and bottom) and the walls
  • SHELL – Prints the model with 0% infill and no top and bottom surface layers. This option allows to choose the amount of the model wall. If you want the bottom layer to be printed, check the BOTTOM surface layer box while choosing SHELL infill.
    There is a SPIRAL MODE available with SHELL option. If you choose this option, your model will be printed with no seam.
External Materials Settings

External Materials Settings

If you’ve decided to apply non-Zortrax materials, use Advanced Settings and change the material group to “External Materials” while preparing the model in the Z-SUITE 2.0.
First of all, you have to choose the base material that’s going to be used from the dropdown list – Material type. The default values for each setting are the most recommended for the selected material type.

However, the settings for other materials than those produced by Zortrax can be still adjusted differently, according to specific requirements.
Temperature:
-Extrusion temp. (˚C) – The temperature which the material will reach during the extrusion [the hotend temperature (160-290˚C)]
-Platform temp. (˚C) – The temperature of the platform [30-105˚C]

Top & Bottom infill – A percentage of TOP and BOTTOM LAYERS infill. The default option is 100%:
-Top layer infill – infill value of the TOP layer [50-150%]
-Bottom layer infill – infill value of the BOTTOM layer [50-150%]

Retraction – Settings of the mechanism which helps to prevent strings from appearing on your model.

Print Speed – A percentage (within limits) by which the print speed will be increased. The print speed comprises of the speed of printing particular layers, their contours and infills [-50 – 50%]

Extruder Flow Ratio – A percentage (within limits) by which the material extrusion speed will be increased. The material extrusion speed comprises of the speed of material extrusion of particular layers, their contours and infills [-50 – 50%]

Profiles

The Z-SUITE 2.0 allows you to create customized profiles which you can test and print with as many times as you wish. Once you choose the best settings for a given model, you can save your profile and store it within the program.
Use the Save option and name your profile. It will be included in the drop-down list.

There are also several ready-made profiles with default settings for different types of models which will be used for various applications

Slicing a Model

Once you click Preview, the Z-SUITE will begin to slice the model and generate the .zcode. The program will show information on the estimated print time, material usage and print settings on the right side of the screen.

Use the menu on the right to see each component of the .zcode separately.

The Edit Pause option on the left menu bar allows you to divides the printing process into stages and hold it in order to change the material.

To plan a pause, move the slider onto a desired layer or use the arrow buttons.

Click Insert Pause to set the pause in a chosen place. You can use this function several times in order to plan multiple pauses during one print.
Click Remove Pause to remove a pause, click Remove All to remove all pauses.

Calculating the Print Cost

The Print cost calculator in the Z-SUITE 2.0 allows you to estimate the cost for an individual print. To calculate the print cost, simply type the cost of a single spool. Press the Calculate button to see what the total cost of the print will be.

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