I found a new way to print raftless!
I also print heavily using an Ender 3 Pro. I had an extra PEI built plate for that printer so I decided to use it inside the Method X. I calibrated the extruders, and on the last step where you insert the build plate, I put the Creality PEI sheet on top of the build plate. This way, when it does that last Z axis calibration, it adjusts to the correct height.
I am now printing using PETG, raftless, and it's working beautifully! I'll have an amazing, smooth floor surface as well. I don't like the texture that a raft gives the bottom of prints.
I'm using a Labs extruder, and have set the raft to model and raft to model vertical offsets to zero. Other than that, I didn't have to make many changes to the default PETG settings. Oh, I also put the chamber temp to 65 for PETG.
This PEI bed/sheet is metallic, so it gets heated and also magnetically sticks to the Makerbot build plate. It's also flexible, so removing prints is easy.
I just finished up my first PETG, raftless print and it came out quite well! I had a tiny bit of under extrusion on the bottom surface, but that's probably due to not allowing the chamber temp to heat long enough. I will next try pausing the print so the PEI sheet has more time to get up to temp. Or, maybe I'll just bump it to 70c. Or use a glue stick. Adhesion otherwise was fantastic.
Hope this helps someone! Holler if you have any other questions.
I recently purchased a Method X and a labs extruder. I also have a 5th Gen Replicator.
Seems you can adjust the z axis on the 5th gen in the utility settings but not the Method x.
I had success with raftless printing using this setting to as to fine tune my z axis closer to my build surface.
There must be a setting somewhere so I can do this with my new Method. Some help to point me in the right direction would be appreciated.
Request Help, new probleme :-(
I have a new problem. Since an update from Makerbot Print, or, Fusion 360, can not determine which application is the cause, when I hit the Estimates and print preview Icon, the Sclicing Preview command encounters the following error message:
! messages.build.error.UnicodeDecodeError (see Picture cut1)
When I start PRINTING, the following error message appears:
Print failed (see Pic cut2)
When I open an older stl file, which I created in fusion360 earlier, everything works.
Does anyone else have the same problem?
It must be due to an update of one of the two applications because it affects only recently released fusion 360 stl files!
Makerbot print and the replicator + make me desperate, clearly a bad buy
Thank you for your answers
Printers Supported: Method, Method X
Material Selected in MakerBot Print: PETG
Support Material: PVA
Print Mode: Balanced
Extruder 1 raft base temperature: 270C
Extruder 1 temperature: 260C
Extruder 1 prints speed sparse: 40 mm/s
Extruder 1 print speed outlines 25 mm/s
Other Workflow Steps:
Caddy preferred (absorbs moisture)