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CoLiDo

The CoLiDo Range of 3D printers, pens and filament is one of the most easy to use, reliable and cost effective 3D Printer Ranges currently available on the market. Now you have the power to create your own embellishments, shapes, figures, models, gifts and more, all from the comfort of your own home. There are so many creative possibilities that await you!

Printer FAQs

All the answers found here about your printer.

Does the printer support offline printing?

Support offline printing by using an SD card.

How long will it take to print an object?

The required time depends on the object size and resolution level. The higher the resolution level, the slower printing speed. The printer is configured with different print setting options: Best, Standard & Draft. After you select the printing setting to slice, the repetier software will show the needed time.

What technology does CoLiDo 3D printer use?

CoLiDo 3D printers use FDM print technology (Fused Deposition Modeling). The printer will heat up and melt the plastic filament and push it out from nozzle to make a solid object layer by layer. This is a rapid prototyping technology with low costs, and is the most suitable moulding technology for wide use currently.

How do we determine if a printer is FDM based?

It depends on if the printer uses an extrusion process. Like Printrite’s CoLiDo Desktop 3D printer, they melt the filament and extrude it out.

Are all or most 3D printers FDM based?

Not all 3D printer are FDM based. There are different technologies (EB,DMLS,EBM etc.). FDM technology is the common use in many fields, such as industrial, domestic and hobbyist, clothing, medical, education, house hold use, etc.

CoLiDo 3D Printer advantages?

  1. Best printing performance: Printrite's in-house design includes a control panel, printing table, nozzle, and so on to make a high print quality output. Automatic nozzle cleaning and model analysis function. Modular design printer head and easy to operate. Grab object easier with a removable build plate.
  2. High precision: 0.1mm max printing resolution.
  3. Low noise: operation noise is lower than 60db.
  4. Easy to operate: optimised software with many kinds of standard settings to select.
  5. Catridge filament: damp-proof, dust-proof, and easy to install

Printing precision of the printer?

100 MICRONS (±0.1mm).

What is the nozzle diameter?

Nozzle diameter is 0.4mm.

The smaller the nozzle diameter, the higher the printing precision?

Not at all, the repetier software can adjust the printing precision.

Is positional accuracy XY:0.011 higher quality than XY:0.012 – 0.015?

Yes this is correct. Also, the filament quality is very important in order to have a good and reliable print output.

Some 3D printers in market look the same as the CoLiDo 3D printer?

The outlook is similar since both CoLiDo and some other 3D printers use the industry reliable frame/chassis.

Can CoLiDo printer print more than one colour per object?

Currently CoLiDo printer just prints one colour in one nozzle. But it can print more colour in different layers by using the “Pause” and “Resume” functions to replace filament.

Can the printer be exported overseas?

Yes, CoLiDo 3D printer has CE & FCC certification which can be exported.

What operation system can Repetier-Host run?

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.

What file formats can the printer print?

The printer can read STL and GCO files.

What does running speed mean?

Running speed means the flow of extruded filament.

Can the printer be ranked by printing speed?

Yes, we can rank the printer by printing speed.

Are two nozzles faster?

No, two nozzles will not print at the same time.

CoLiDo 3D Printer max building size?

  1. CoLiDo 3: 225*145*140mm (9*6*6 inch).
  2. CoLiDo M2020: 200*200*200mm (8*8*8 inch).
  3. CoLiDo X3045: 300*300*450mm (12*12*18 inch).
  4. DIY 3D Printer: 200*200*170mm (8*8*7 inch).

What software does the printer use, can it help to design models?

Repetier-Host. It's located inside the SD card (or can be download from http://www.colido.com/download/software/CoLiDo-RepetierHost-2_0_1-Windows.zip). Customers can upload their test files on the software. This software can edit the size and direction of the model, and can also add the support design, etc. The main function of Repetier is to convert STL files to the identifiable code of the printer (G-code/CGO file).

How long will it take to print an object?

The required time depends on the object size and infill level. The higher the infill level, the slower printing speed. The printer is configured with different print setting options: Best, Standard & Draft. After you select the printing setting to slice, the repetier software will show the needed time.

How long is the printer nozzle's life?

The printer nozzle can print ~1500h. (You can check the print time from LCD Display “Control” menu – “Printer RunPrama”.) CoLiDo Printer Nozzle is already available to buy. Users can purchase and replace it themselves with our replacement video.

PR 3D Printer Application?

3D printing has many applications in schools, universities, engineering/manufacturing, medical, architecture, and even for people who are hobbyists.

What format of print file do I need to use?

.STL or .OBJ

Can I make the printed objects firmer?

Yes. You can make the objects firmer by increasing the infill percentage in Slic3r’s configuration.

Is the printer low noise?

Yes.

What program do I need to make my own objects?

You can use any CAD or CAM software which can save the object as a .STL file. Some common pieces of software to use are TinkerCAD and AutoDesk Fusion 360

Filament FAQs

What printing consumables does the CoLiDo printer use?

Use PLA and ABS filaments which have a diameter of 1.75mm and high accuracy (±0.03). Using the PR printer together with PR’s PLA/ABS filaments, you can reach the best print. It is compatible with other brand of 3D printers, such as Makerbot R2/R2X, FlashForge Creator/ CreatorX, etc. Compact only prints PLA.

Filament diameter and advantages?

PLA: 1.75+/-0.03mm, ABS 1.75+/-0.05mm.

  1. Filament with a smaller diameter can be heated faster (as it takes less time for the heat to reach the centre) so you can print faster.
  2. It allows for slightly more compact hot end designs.
  3. The smaller nozzles allow for a more precise plastic flow control and reduces the risk of oozing.
  4. Being smaller, it is also more flexible and can be coiled more tightly and turn sharper corners.
  5. Force required by the extruder to push the plastic in the extruder is less because less pressure builds up in the nozzle.

Filament Colour?

  • PLA: White, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Purple, Pink, Grey
  • ABS: White, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow
  • Translucent PLA: Red, Blue, Yellow
  • Wood PLA: Wood
  • Flexible (TPU): White

Printrite PLA Filament Feature?

  1. PLA (short for polylactic acid) is a plastic made of renewable starches such as corn and sugarcane.
  2. It is biodegradable and does not emit a lot of ultra fines particles (UFCs).
  3. It produces a barely noticeable, but quite pleasant, sugary smell when extruding.
  4. Depending on the specifications and the colour, extrusion temperature can vary between 160 and 220°C.
  5. Parts printed using PLA are more rigid than ABS parts (ABS is more flexible).
  6. In general, parts printed using PLA have a slightly glossy finish.
  7. PLA is less prone to warping during print and is much ‘stickier’ than ABS.
  8. PLA starts to become malleable (heat deflection point) at around 60°C.
  9. PLA requires a bit more force to be extruded as it has a higher coefficient of friction than ABS.
  10. PLA is a bit more recent in the history of FDM 3D printers and has a promising future.

How do you know if the filament is PLA or ABS?

It is difficult to distinguish ABS and PLA if only judge is on the appearance. ABS is matt and PLA is very glossy. Once PLA is heated up ~200°C, it can be extruded easily but ABS cannot. ABS need heat up to 220°C to be extruded. If the temperature is higher, there bubbles will appear on PLA, or PLA will be easily carbonised. If the nozzle is being blocked, ABS will have a bad smell but PLA will not.

What other 3D printer Printrite filaments are compatible?

Apply for the 3D printer with FDM based technology, such as Reprap, MakerBot, Afinia and UP! Printers, etc. Also, the filament diameter should be 1.75mm and the extruder temperature should be 190-250°C.

PLA/ABS scope of application?

They are all widely used in the mechanical, automobile, electrical , electronic instruments, meters textile and construction industries. For example:

  1. ABS: Industrial filled, such as high strength product parts; Literature and archaeological fields, such as to repair missing parts. Home appliances and shell toy supplies (Lego).
  2. PLA: Prints large parts and parts contacting with the human body, toys, DIY bracelets.?

How about the length of 1000g and 500g PLA/ABS filaments?

  1. 1000g: PLA 330~340m, ABS 390~400m
  2. 500g: PLA 160~170m, ABS 190~200m

How much filament to print one object? And how to evaluate whether the filament is enough to print the object?

It depends on the object's shape and printing settings, such as layer height and infill density. After converting the STL file to a GCO file in the Repetier-Host software, customers can see the needed filament usage (Length) of printing the object at the end of the g-code command or “Show in Log”. For example, 1kg of filament can print roughtly 9 figures; a 7*5*5cm 3D model. Customers can evaluate whether the actual fliament length is enough to meet the needed filament length.

What temperature does of the filament get to?

Up to 200C

Can the filament be painted?

Yes, you can use the regular mediums you use as a crafter.

Application FAQs

Can I adjust the parameter during printing?

For new users, we do not suggest adjusting the parameter during printing. For advanced users, you can push the knob to select “Control” to adjust the Nozzle or Bed temperature and printing speed during printing.

How can I know if the printer is properly working?

Refer to chapters 6.2~6.4 in user manual. Print one of the test files on SD Card supplied with printer.

How to set parameters for the 3D printer to insert them in Repetier/Slic3r software?

The Repetier-Host software of the printer has standard settings for selecting to use directly.

How to evaluate if the filament is enough or to print the object?

After converting the STL file to a GCO file in the Repetier-Host software, customers can see the needed filament usage (Length) of printing the object at the end of the g-code command or “Show in Log”. Customers can evaluate whether the actual filament length is enough to meet the needed filament length.

How do I fix the filament nozzle if it becomes clogged?

You can refer to chapter 6.5.1 in user manual. Once the nozzle has reached the setting temperature, please press the printer head arm and at the same time pull on the filament to extract it from the nozzle.

Refer to the label on the printer. Clean the nozzle using the long allen key in the accessory pack.

What do I do if the filament is unable to come out from the nozzle during printing?

Remove the filament from the printer head (refer to chapter 6.5.1 in user manual), cut the filament tip flat, and re-load it into the printer head. Make sure that the filament is properly inserted into the nozzle receiving port (for guidance on how to do this, please refer to chapter 5.8 in the user manual).

What do I do if the printer makes a clicking noise when printing?

This issue may be because the filament is not properly inserted into the nozzle. Please unload the filament, cut the end of the filament flat, and re-load it into the printer head (for guidance on how to do this, please refer to chapter 5.8 in the user manual).

If the issue is not resolved after completing the above, it may be caused by a short length of the filament blocked in the nozzle from the last time the printer was used. Please refer to chapter 6.5.1 in the user manual. Allow the nozzle to heat up and load new filament into the machine – this should push the blocked filament out.

What do I do if my 3D creation is stuck to the printing platform?

Please wait a few minutes for the platform and your 3D creation to cool down, then remove the 3D print. If the 3D print is still stuck to the platform, carefully remove by sliding a thin sheet of metal between the 3D print and the platform.

My printer cannot read files from an SD card?

Please check if the files saved on the SD card are in .GCO format. If the file is not .GCO format, please convert it to .GCO format through Repetier-Host software. (For guidance on how to do this, please refer to chapter 7.3 in the user manual.)

Repetier-Host software cannot connect to 3D printer although the software is installed correctly?

Refer to chapter 5.10 in the user manual. Ensure the printer is connected to a computer with the cable and turn on. Refer to chapter 7.2 in user manual; ensure the selections of the COM port in the printer settings are right.

The STL file cannot be sliced to a GCO file in Repeiter software?

When loading an STL file to Repetier software, the object will be shown all in red in the 3D view window; this means that the file can be sliced. If the object shows some red and some green, it means the object has an unclosed line or surface and cannot be sliced. If the object is shown in blue, it means the object is not in the printing area correctly or is exceeding the printing area.

What is the PLA/ABS default setting temperature?

  1. PLA: Nozzle temperature is 205°C, Platform temperature is 70°C.
  2. ABS: Nozzle temperature is 220°C, Platform temperature is 110°C.

How to store the filament when the printer is out of use for a long period of time?

If you do not use the the filament for a long time, keep your filament spool or cartridge in a closed plastic bag to avoid the filament absorbing the moisture in the air.

Can I duplicate and resize objects?

Yes

Are there different print qualities?

Yes, much like a standard printer, you can set the printer to print a draft copy so you can see the size and scale. You use much less filament this way.

Can I sell the objects I print?

Yes you can if you have created the file. If you haven’t created the file, please check the licence.