MakerGear M2 Simplify 3D Optimized Profiles

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MakerGear M2 Simplify 3D Optimized Profiles by rsilvers Mar 12, 2014
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If you have Simplify 3D and a MakerGear M2, here are optimized profiles that have quality without being slow. I recommend the 0.2mm profile most of the time.

Turn support on if you need it.

Use ABS juice or (I prefer) Elmer's Glue stick for ABS and any color masking tape for PLA.

Note that this has temps for the latest v3 extruder which has the thermistor in the aluminum block rather than the nozzle. If you have an earlier model without an aluminum block, then you will want to subtract 20 degrees C from the hot-end temps.

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I could not get the Drakkar ship to print. Now it does on medium res pla. looking forward to the other quality prints. Thank you so much for posting this! I was worried about the 225 temp at first but it looks like I was going the completely wrong direction with my fixes.

Awesome job!

It seems like with those settings my print won't start, I am not sure why. Anyone encountered a problem like that? The bed and extruder temperature goes up (the extruder temperature stops 1.9 degrees higher than recommended 225) and then it just does not do anything. Any advice?

how does one add these to simplify3d?

If you double click the words "FFF settings" on the main screen where you import prints, you are taking to the settings page. Near the top right, there is an import button.

Wow. Thank you for this. Was getting terrible quality prints and this helped a lot.

It tries to move the z-axis up wayy too high and slams against the stop... Sounds terrible and I thought i was going to break it... What is making it do this?

WARNING these profiles may damage your printer.

I have been printing with various profiles for over a year with my Makergear M2 v4. I decided to try these profiles for some ABS work I'm doing. When the print started, I heard a grinding sound as my Y axis overshot its limit, the bed dropped four or five inches, and a bird's nest began to develop.

I scoured the settings, and couldn't find anything obvious, but when I compared the settings to my older profile, I noted a couple options that do not appear on the rsilvers profile. While these options weren't critical, I agree that S3D may not be handling backwards compatibility properly, and once it happened, my problem persisted across all of my existing profiles and print attempts...

I loaded a different ABS profile, and now the grinding noise came from my Z axis, the bed lowered away from the extruder, and the printer began printing in midair. I loaded my go-to PLA profile, bumped the temps up to match the ABS extrusion, and had the same observation. I re-sliced the model, same observation. I pulled the power on the printer, restarted it, and now I'm printing just fine with all profiles except for the ones listed here.

I would avoid these profiles under the following conditions:
You have a Makergear M2 made in 2015 or later
You are not using the same version of S3D that rsilvers used when he created these profiles

I had this same issue, and couldn't figure out why. I got the same scary grinding noise thing too, as my z-axis was offset by like 3/4 to 1 inch too high from the bed... What I ended up having to do, was basically switch between this profile, and my makergear profile that i HAD been using, and then changing one tab of parameters to the same ones in this preset, one panel or variable at a time. It took like 5-10 mins to double check, but you have to make sure you click 'Update Profile' in your working default profile that you are updating with from this preset. After I just copied over the same settings that this preset profile had into my previously working profile I'd used up until this one, then it worked inside my default profile. No reason as to why this is, besides that maybe this was saved out of an old version of S3D and maybe it just doesn't know how to interpret the settings correctly. Either way, doing the copy/paste thing worked for me, and it doesn't offset itself from the bed any longer like it did when I'd try to import this preset and then select it from the dropdown.

Quick question, you have your nozzle diameter set to 0.50 but the M2 is .035. Could you explain why? Thx!

I am not aware of the M2 coming with a 0.35 nozzle. Mine came with a 0.40 nozzle. If I had the nozzle diameter set to 0.50, then it was because I had a 0.50mm nozzle on it at the time, however, I think more likely I only had the extrusion width set to 0.50. Extrusion width and nozzle diameter are not the same setting.

I like it - that hotend temperature is a tad on the warm side no (225c)? I'd be concerned if my temp readings were out I could cook the pla at that temperature.

The latest v3 extruder reads the temp from the aluminum block rather than the nozzle. So the temp in the profile is not the nozzle temp but the aluminum block temp. For older MakerGear hot-ends, you will want to subtract 20 degrees from the temp.

thanks for sahre it! I will try them !