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What is Calibration?

Calibration involves calculating the material shrinkage compensation coefficient and saving it in the buildstyle file for the material you use for printing.

Calibrating your 3D-printer allows compensating for the natural shrinkage of the material which increases the accuracy and precision of your printer.

Each material is supplied with a default buildstyle. Pay attention that you should use the default buildstyle to calibrate your printer for the new material.

If you use several materials on your printer, you should calibrate your printer anew for each material. This means that the shrinkage compensation coefficient must be calculated for each material and saved in the corresponding buildstyle.

Accordingly, if you have several printers, you should calibrate each printer and save the shrinkage compensation coefficient in the corresponding buildstyle for each printer.

Make sure that the printer ID specified in the buildstyle matches the printer ID specified in the Control Software.

Find out more about Buildstyle Installation.

Calibration Procedure:

To calculate the shrinkage calibration coefficient:

1. Click Menu | Calibrate Printer.

→ The system shows ‘Step 1’ of Shrinkage Compensation calibration with the name of the selected buildstyle.

  • If printer S/N is specified in the selected buildstyle (UniqueID parameter), the calibration will be applied to the printer with the specified S/N.
  • If the buildstyle does not contain printer S/N (UniqueID parameter is empty), the system shows the message ‘Selected buildstyle does not contain a printer’s serial number.’

2. Click Send to Printer.

→ The L-shaped job is generated and sent to the printer.

If the L-shaped job has been generated previously for the buildstyle under calibration, click Skip Step and move directly to step 3.

→ The following dialog box appears:

3.  Print the L-shaped model and clean it well.

4. Post cure the model as required for the material.

5. Measure the model as shown in the picture in the dialog box above.

6.  Enter the X and Y dimensions in the input fields.

7. Click Apply.

→ The shrinkage calibration coefficient is saved in the buildstyle.

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