With the promotion of da Vinci 1.0 Professional flagship 3D printer (hereinafter called da Vinci 1.0 Pro), the advanced 3D print software “XYZware Pro” is also released simultaneously for XYZware. The new version of XYZware Pro is as user friendly as the previous one. Nevertheless, it includes many professional capabilities in this version. Operations and examples for XYZware Pro will be introduced in this chapter.
The new version of XYZware Pro increases print freedom significantly, so that users may control print environment and forming conditions required for 3D objects through adjustment of “Export”/”Print” category function to further refine object forming quality. Simultaneously, 3D printer model and filament type may also be specified, such that the system will configure recommended settings automatically or the settings may be adjusted by users. Finally, “Export “, “Print” function keys are clicked to place slicing information into object for print or for becoming a 3D file.
In this chapter, “Export “category function will be used for description of the following functions as an example. Parts of functions can be used only in conjunction with da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D printer. Therefore, we recommend that you purchase and connect da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D printer for the optimal experience when using this software.
Print temperature / print material selection
Object structure and fineness parameter setup
Extruder moving speed adjustment
Selection of support structure supplementary to print objec
Selection of support structure supplementary to print objec
6. Extrusion Ratio
Adjust output volume of the printing materia
1.1 My Printer
As XYZware Pro is not in connection with a 3D printer, no information will be displayed in this field. Users have to specify product model and print material through “Printer Profile” function. After connection with the 3D printer, the system will read machine information and display default parameters of this printer.
1.2 Printer Profile
Users may specify 3D printer model and loading filament type, XYZware Pro will configure print recommended settings. Also, parameters may be adjusted by users and “File Conversion”, “Print” functions are placed into object slicing information.
da Vinci 1.0 Pro supports ABS/PLA filament print. Users may switch print loaded print temperature through ABS/PLA.
Operating temperature of print bed and print module is adjusted. The temperature information is saved in object slicing information.
- Function – Setting Values
- Function – Setting Values
|Heating Components||Temperature Range|
|Print Module||170°C ~ 240°C|
|Print Bed||41°C ~ 90°C|
● If users specify print temperature in da Vinci 1.0 Pro, XYZware Pro will give priority to print according to the print temperature information in the file.
● If the temperature for print bed is selected as OFF, room temperature printing will be enabled and the print bed will not be heated.
● Excessively low extruder temperature may result in poor filament feeding, such that the print module cannot discharge. Therefore, please adjust the operating temperature of the extruder first.
● Excessively low print bed temperature may result in unstable placement of object in printing, resulting in failed printing. Please attach a bed patch before printing. If there is no improvement, please raise the operating temperature of the print bed.
● For a print object with a special structure, glue stick may be applied onto the bed patch to increase adhesion. However, the object may be relatively difficult to remove.
This function supports adjustment for print structure of object, and the use of setting options of structure density and shell print in conjunction to result in different effects.
2.1 Layer Height
Users may select smaller layer height to obtain finer print effect, or may select larger layer height to print the object quickly. Fine print effect takes longer.
Options Layer Height – 0.05mm–0.4mm (50 microns – 400 microns)
● Portions of objects with simple structure may achieve high precision print of 0.05 mm (50 microns).
2.2 Shell Thickness
Shell is the surface structure of an object. A thick shell may result in better quality while taking longer to print. Selection of thin shell print also enables quick print, but it should be noted that specific portion of the object should satisfy requirement of surface strength.
For the number of print layers of the shell for the body of the object, two layers (layer = 3) are printed from outside to inside to obtain robust shell layer and repair defects due to print of the first layer, such that neither void nor hole is resulted on surface.
After XYZware Pro finishes the infill structure on the top of the print object, please perform the last print coating on the top. The top is usually the last part of object in print process. Users may adjust the number of layers to be printed on the top. Larger number of print layers, if used, will result in denser and more solid sealing structure on the top.
Before XYZware Pro prints the infill structure of the bottom part of the print object, a complete and solid bottom surface of object is printed. A perfect void free bottom surface is usually resulted through three-layer print (layer = 3). In addition to bottoming effect, better object stability is provided in printing.
Options Shell Thickness – Selection range: 1 (thin shell)-10 (thick shell), unit: layer
If you are accustomed to the original XYZware style of selection for shell thickness, please refer to the following information setup
Thin: 1 layer
Normal: 2 layers
Thick: 3 layers
If the top part and solid layer (infill) are set to 0, a hollow object will be resulted.
Users may adjust print density of the object, and may generate different effects with denseness of internal structure. The strength of object is susceptible to its 3D density setting.
If infill Density is set to 0, no infill structure will be printed.
Infill type Includes hive and interwoven modes.
Adjustment of print speed allows users to perform setup according to object size and precision level. Fine object quality is usually accomplished with low speed print.
Print speed of object body is the key for time and quality of finished product printing. Extremely good effect is available for most print objects with adjustment with lower print speed and appropriate layer height.
For print speed of object surface, adjustment of print speed for the outermost portion may change print quality of the surface directly and may differ from print speed of internal infill structure, improving print quality of the object and optimizing the entire print time.
If the object has an arc structure with a radius roughly below 2.2 mm, print speed may be adjusted through such setup. For small radius print, adjustment of speed may result in more stable heap of print materials
● Excessively fast print speed might result in unstable squeeze of materials. A print speed between 15 mm/s – 60 mm/s is relatively appropriate. Filament type will affect print quality
● If a minimal speed of 5 mm/s is used for printing, the object will take a very long time to print
● When increasing print speed, please pay attention to the need for operating temperature increase for the extruder to prevent extruder discharge failure due to insufficient material supply.
XYZware Pro may adjust print style of infill structure for different parts of an object.
Normal Most infill structures of an object.
For the structure of the object before starting to print coating of top part, the last three structure layers will be selected by the system to perform top part printing.
For first three structure layers of bottom part of object printed primarily, the system will apply this setup to perform adjustment of print speed.
Quicker speed is recommended for print of infill structure. A print speed between 30 mm/s and 60 mm/s is appropriate. A print speed below 30 mm/s has limited benefit to object forming quality.
Bridges Printing Speed
As an object is printed in a pattern similar to a “∏” shape, shorter distance between two endpoints will not result in print support structure to start print, which is referred to as Print Bridges. Quicker print bridges speed may prevent object from sag.
Non-printing movement Speed
The movement speed at which the print module does not discharge in the area not for printing Bottom Layer Speed Printing speed for the bottom-most layer. Slower speed will ensure better fixation and stability.
The speed for pulling filament backwards. Refer to the function introduction in the next chapter for more about retraction.
Cooperation of retraction speed and other print speeds will affect feeding stability directly in printing. A print speed slightly faster than the retraction speed would prevent material squeeze from interrupt.
4.1 Raft & Brim
Raft This function allows users to increase strip type Raft on bottom of object for large object to be less susceptible to levelness of the print bed and print warpage during long print jobs.
Brim function allows users to enlarge the range of contact with bottom area of print bed in printing relatively elongated object to prevent swing due to print from influencing print quality.
The support pillar structure printed in response to object characteristics is usually used to support suspended object and object without force bearing area on bottom, and may be removed after print.
Hint: There are three modes for users to use: Low supports,Standard and High. Low supports is applicable to most print objects, and is an appropriate print solution due to easy peeling characteristic.
5.1 Retract Length
In printing object, before large movement of print module, print filament will be drawn back, such that slight negative pressure occurs in print nozzle, preventing material from adhering to the object while moving, improving surface quality of print object.
5.2 Activate Threshold
Such setting will allow users to set up retraction mechanism activation style. For setup mode, users usually specify the minimal print module movement distance for retraction mechanism activation.
5.3 Lifting height for extruder withdrawal
After retraction, the print module will be elevated slightly with such setup value. Such action prevents material from adhering to the object, and makes a more orderly final print stop point. However, it should be noted that excessively large elevation will extend print preparation time for the next print layer, and portions of angles may results cooling and difficult to bond conditions between layers
5.4 Add Extra Filament after Travel < Retraction
Material compensation may be used to improve upon holes or poor extrusion due to excessive extruder withdrawal.
6. Extrusion Ratio
Extrusion volume can be adjusted for the shell or infill.
Default setting is 100%. This value can be reduced to reduce the amount of extruded filament which result in thinner lines. Raising the setting would increase the amount of extruded material, the level of saturation, and thicker lines.
6.1 Shell Extrusion Ratio
Extrusion range: 80% to 200%. Increasing shell extrusion will result in a thicker shell, while reduced shell extrusion will generate a thinner shell. To obtain a thicker shell, the user may adjust layer height and engraving layers, the percentage of shell extrusion ratio can be reduced to reduce sample redundancy.
6.2 Infill Extrusion
Ratio Extrusion range: 80% to 200%. Increasing infill extrusion ratio will cause the infill lines to be more compact, while reducing infill extrusion ratio would generate thinner lines. To create a better-stuffed and sturdier product, the user may adjust layer height and shell thickness as well as reduce the percentage of infill extrusion ratio to improve the quality of the finished product.
Hint: Recommended infill extrusion ratio is 90% to 110%.