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5. Calibrating the printer

5. Calibrating the printer

5. Calibrating the printer
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5. Calibrating the printer
 Difficulty
Very easy
 Steps
25
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Step 1 Printer calibration

Printer calibration
Printer calibration
In the following steps, we will go through the entire process of calibration.
Follow the instructions on the touchscreen and use this chapter to get extra information regarding each step.
DON'T POUR THE RESIN in the tank until you are asked to by the printer!
Never service the printer with the resin inside!
Spilling the resin inside the printer will most probably end up damaging the SL1 SPEED. Be careful!
Never look inside the printer during the calibration of the screen or UV LED. There is a risk of PERMANENT DAMAGE to your eye(s).

Step 2 Setup Wizard 1-2

Setup Wizard 1-2
Setup Wizard 1-2
Setup Wizard 1-2
Setup Wizard 1-2
Welcome to the initial Setup Wizard, which will guide you through the basics of the initial setup.
Open the acrylic cover all the way up.
If the resin tank is present, please unscrew the screws, remove them and then remove the tank.
Click on "Continue".

Step 3 Setup Wizard 3

Setup Wizard 3
Setup Wizard 3
Setup Wizard 3
In this step, it is time to remove the printing platform.
Loosen the black knob and remove the platform.
Place the platform on a soft piece of fabric! You can use the same as during the assembly. Never place the platform directly on the table!
Press "Continue" and wait until all the checks are done.

Step 4 Setup Wizard 4

Setup Wizard 4
Setup Wizard 4
Setup Wizard 4
MAKE SURE THERE IS NO TANK AND NO RESIN inside the printer!!!
We are going to test the UV LED. Any resin present in the tank will be hardened. This test takes around 2 minutes.
Before you continue, close the cover.
Press "Continue"

Step 5 Setup Wizard 5

Setup Wizard 5
Setup Wizard 5
Right now, you should hear a sound coming from the speaker near the touchscreen.

Step 6 Setup Wizard 6

Setup Wizard 6
Setup Wizard 6
Setup Wizard 6
Setup Wizard 6
Don't open the lid under any circumstances, keep it closed! There is a UV light inside, which will cause damage to your eyes.
Look from the front side into the printer. Your eye level needs to be slightly above. Otherwise, you won't be able to judge the result correctly.
Check the entire screen, you must be able to see the details of our company logo across the whole screen. No parts (letters) should be missing.
Tip: If you can't see the logo clearly, try placing a sheet of paper onto the screen. We recommend format A5 with a density 80g/m².
Don't forget to CLOSE THE COVER after inserting the sheet!

Step 7 Setup Wizard 7

Setup Wizard 7
Setup Wizard 7
Setup Wizard 7
Open the cover to get access to the printer.
Insert the resin tank in and tighten it using the screws. Make sure the tank is clean and empty (no resin inside)!
Click "Continue" to proceed.

Step 8 Setup Wizard 8

Setup Wizard 8
Setup Wizard 8
Setup Wizard 8
Place the platform onto the center of the resin tank at a 90° angle. See the picture.
When ready hit "Continue".

Step 9 Setup Wizard 9

Setup Wizard 9
Setup Wizard 9
Setup Wizard 9
Now, the tower axis check will take place.
Close the lid and press "Continue" and wait until the process is finished, then proceed to the next step.

Step 10 Setup Wizard 10

Setup Wizard 10
Setup Wizard 10
Setup Wizard 10
Open the lid and make sure the resin tank screws are tight.
Then click "Continue".

Step 11 Setup Wizard 11

Setup Wizard 11
Setup Wizard 11
Setup Wizard 11
Now it is time to rotate the printing platform, so it fits in the resin tank.
Release the black knob slightly and pull the platform out.
Insert the platform back in, but this time according to the picture. Edges of the platform should be parallel with the edges of the tank.
Tighten the knob again.
Press "Continue".

Step 12 Setup Wizard 12

Setup Wizard 12
Setup Wizard 12
Setup Wizard 12
Close the orange lid.
Hit "Continue" and avoid touching the printer for now!
 

Step 13 Setup Wizard 9

Setup Wizard 9
Setup Wizard 9
Congrats! The setup part is finished. Now, let's calibrate the printer. Click on "Continue".

Step 14 Calibration 1

Calibration 1
Calibration 1
Calibration 1
Now it is time to rotate the printing platform, so it fits in the resin tank.
Release the black knob slightly and pull the platform out.
Insert the platform back in, but this time according to the picture. Edges of the platform should be parallel with the edges of the tank.
Tighten the knob again.
Press "Continue"

Step 15 Calibration 2

Calibration 2
Calibration 2
Calibration 2
Carefully release the screw(s) on the cantilever. Two turns are enough. Make sure not to unscrew them completely.
Press "Continue"

Step 16 Calibration 3

Calibration 3
Calibration 3
Calibration 3
Release and remove both screws on the resin tank. Place them outside the printer.
Rotate the tank by 90° on the printer.
Behind the scenes: We will use the tank to calibrate the tilting mechanism. The tank will work as a levelling tool to set the tilt horizontal.
Press "Continue"

Step 17 Calibration 4

Calibration 4
Calibration 4
Calibration 4
See the pictures in the Wizard to set the tilting mechanism correctly.
Actual setting will be in the next step, for now just learn the correct position.
Behind the scenes: The tank must be placed on both sides of the printer which doesn't move and in the middle is the tilt mechanism with the screen. Your goal is to set all surfaces to the same level.
Press "Continue"

Step 18 Calibration 5

Calibration 5
Calibration 5
Using the "Up" and "Down" button move the tilt mechanism until you align it with the bottom edge of the resin tank.
Recommended setup: using the tilt, raise the tank slightly above the printer and then return down till you touch the surface of the printer again.
The value will differ for each printer.
As soon as you finish this step, you can remove the tank from the printer. Make sure you won't damage (punch through) the FEP film.

Step 19 Calibration 6

Calibration 6
Calibration 6
Calibration 6
Before you continue to the next step, make sure all the parts are perfectly clean. No resin or dirt should be present on the:
Resin tank
Printing display
Printing platform
Press "Continue"
WARNING: Do not clean the FEP film with isopropyl alcohol! Use a combination of warm water and a dishwashing product.

Step 20 Calibration 7

Calibration 7
Calibration 7
Calibration 7
After you ensure, that everything is clean, place the tank back in its original position and secure it with the screws.
Press "Continue"

Step 21 Calibration 8

Calibration 8
Calibration 8
Calibration 8
Check, whether the platform is properly secured on the printer. If not, tighten the black knob.
Since the screw(s) in the cantilever isn't/aren't tightened, the eccentric might wobble, but that is ok for now.
By gently pressing on the platform, ensure it is all the way down in the cantilever.
Press "Continue"

Step 22 Calibration 9

Calibration 9
Calibration 9
Calibration 9
Close the orange acrylic lid and continue with the next step.
Press "Continue"

Step 23 Calibration 10

Calibration 10
Calibration 10
Calibration 10
Open the lid and take a look inside the printer, make sure the edges of the platform and the tank are parallel.
Press "Continue"

Step 24 Calibration 11

Calibration 11
Calibration 11
Calibration 11
Calibration 11
Hold the platform still with one hand and apply a slight downward force on it, so it maintains good contact with the screen. Next, use an Allen key to tighten the screw(s) on the cantilever. Then release the platform.
Some SL1 units may have two screws - tighten them evenly, little by little.
Press "Continue"
Grasp the platform in both hands like in the picture and try tilting the platform up and down. The platform must not move!
If the platform is moving, return to the beginning of the calibration and repeat the whole procedure. Don't forget to use more force to tighten the screw(s) in the cantilever.

Step 25 Finalising the calibration

Finalising the calibration
Finalising the calibration
Calibration is finished! Check the final screen.
For advanced users, values for PrusaSlicer are included, to make the print time estimation more precise. Note you have to switch PrusaSlicer to the Expert mode.
It's almost done! Now, skip to the last chapter: 6. First print
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