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Hi everyone. Completely new. Few issues.

Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:44 am
by JPerry84
Hello everyone my name is Josh and I'm completely new to 3D printing. I picked up a new assembled M2 dual extruder on Tuesday. I have just been playing around with simple items to get the settings and stuff right. All of the normal issues I see people have; adhesion, warping, etc., are things I'm sure I'll figure out with trial and error. I am totally new to the software as well (I have been using Sli3r) but I think I understand most of that, or will catch on. One thing, and I'm sure it is something very simple, that I can't figure out.. I have been using quick start to boot things up (I use my laptop no lcd) and load my filament etc. My issue is the controls only work for one extruder. Again, I'm sure most of you are rolling your eyes and I apologize I'm sure the information is out there I'm just having a hard time finding it. How do I heat, extrude/retract filament from the second extruder? I have just been using one while I figured things out but I'd like to get both going.

Re: Hi everyone. Completely new. Few issues.

Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:55 pm
by Phil
Welcome, Josh!
I suspect most people here use Simplify3D as their Dual Extruder software. I find it convoluted, but it is fairly effective. The 'Start Up' scripts are well-written and will ensure you have done everything you need, such as download new firmware, so I recommend completing those before anything else.

Re: Hi everyone. Completely new. Few issues.

Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:29 pm
by abrasive
Fellow noob here!

You will need, very soon, printer interface software to feed g-code to your printer. I believe a lot of people use Pronterface with Slic3r. That software should let you address and manipulate either extruder. You could also change the g-code file to select a particular extruder by adding a T0 or T1 g codes. (T0 should be the default.)

I use Simplify3D and have been very happy with it. However, I use Octoprint on a Raspberry Pi to control the printer. It has been a huge step forward in ease of use of the machine. It was well worth the $50 or so I spent on the Pi, a power supply, and an SD card! After I accidentally interrupted a 1.5-hour print that was printing straight from my laptop, I knew I'd end up with Octoprint. :shock:

Re: Hi everyone. Completely new. Few issues.

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:24 am
by Jules
There are sample profiles and scripts for the dual extruder in the section for Dual extruders, but they are configured to work with S3D.

You might want to start by reading the Beginner's Guide here:

It has a little bit of information on the dual extruders as well.

Re: Hi everyone. Completely new. Few issues.

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:01 pm
by JPerry84
Thanks for the responses everyone. I purchased Simplify3D after trying a few of the other slicers. First print went excellent. For someone as new as me it made a world of difference. While I'm trying to get as familiar as I can with g code being able to just basically pick my design and hit print was nice. Having an interface to control the printer was also huge. I know there is a lot of debate about paying for software but for me being so new and spending $2500 on my first printer.. it was worth it lol.

Re: Hi everyone. Completely new. Few issues.

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:12 am
by Jules
It does save you a boatload of time, doesn't it? :D