FAQ

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why Do You Get Three ToolHead Instead of Four?

As we have taking all the commercial material when we offer the 4 toolhead with our TOYDIY, it was very early period for our TOYDIY. So far it’s going through some major upgrade on Hardware and software to ensure the user attachment with our Machine more and more comfortable.  Still now we are constantly working to develop even better. After going through customer feedback and other aspects we have decided to exclude the FDM-Single color Toolhead, When FDM-dual color Toolhead can do FDM-single color and FDM-dual color 3D Printing. Which means three toolhead for 4 functions. Literally it reduces the chance to face extra issue with the toolhead. We are sorry for the confusion.

Thank you so much for your understanding.

How to Use FDM 3D Printing?(With Video Tutorial)

1. Install the FDM toolhad to the X-axis arm and fix it with a screw. Then connect the cable with the toolhead.

2. Load the Filament into the extruder and push it until it reaches the mark on the PTFE tube.

3. Start the TOYDIY

4. Load the the Filament from Main menu > Filament > Load filament > Load-1 up filament (If you are doing dual color then load the 2-down filament also).
During this process toolhead will emit some filament. After that it will finish the loading.

5. Do the automatic home for TOYDIY to know the exact bed & toolhead placement position and make it in default position. GO Main Menu > Utility > Auto home.
***You are not require to do it before every time you work with FDM Printing! Only if you Change the toolhead or Dismantle the toolhead you are require to do it before start Printing. Otherwise it's enough to do one time and keep going printing from "Print from SD" Menu.
6. Complete the Z-offset calibration from here- Main Menu > Utility > Z-offset > Auto set Z-offset > Step-1 Auto Home > Step-2 Adjust offset > Step-3 Save and Reset.
***You are not require to do it before every time you work with FDM Printing! Only if you Change the toolhead or Dismantle the toolhead you are require to do it before start Printing. Otherwise it's enough to do one time and keep going with printing from "Print from SD" Menu.

7. After gone this steps and set up. Now are ready to Print your Model. Take the model(Gcode) file that you processed with our "EcubWare" software(To know how to slice(STL to Gcode) Please visit our Website's "EcubWare" section)and Inset it to the TOYDIY SD card slot. Then select Main Menu > Print From SD > Select the model you want to Print.

*** To know how to Switch any toolhead in the right method please read our Other article in this FAQ section.

How to Use Laser Function?(With Video Tutorial)

1. Install the Laser toolhad to the X-axis arm and fix it with a screw. Then connect the cable with the toolhead.

2. Start the TOYDIY 4in1.

3. Insert your SD card into the TOYDIY SD card slot

4. Go to "Laser Print Guide" menu and follow all the steps one by one. 

Step 1: Place your object

In this step you need to Place your objects onto the Platform.

Step 2: Auto-home Center

Here, in this step TOYDIY will auto level the bed detect the objects thickness so that it can Engrave from the minimal distance up. So it's very important that yourobjects touch the toolhead leveling probe during the auto home.

Step 3: Laser Prescan

Now toolhead will move up and down respect to the object. So that you can place your objects in the middle of the platform. This scan is to make sure you place your object in the right place. **You can repeat this step more than one time if you can't place the object in the middle from first time. In fact you can repreat this untill you are satisfy that is middle.

Step 4: Set Origin

This step TOYDIY will save all the data from last three steps. And make ready the printer for work.

Step 5: Print from SD

At last in this step you need to select the Gcode you have processed with our "EcubMakerLaser" software.

5. Now you are all set for Laser Engraving. Seat and enjoy the engraving. Please don't forget to wear your mask before you stare onto the Laser ray. And if you are engraving something like lather please make sure you have enough ventilation facility.

*** To know how to Switch any toolhead in the right method please read our Other article in this FAQ section.

How to use CNC Function? (With Video Tutorial)

1. Install the CNC toolhad to the X-axis arm and fix it with a screw. Then connect the cable with the toolhead.

2. Start the TOYDIY

3. Insert your SD card into the TOYDIY SD card slot.

4. Go to "CNC Print Guide" and follow all the steps one by one.

Step 1: Place Objects

In this step you need to Place your objects onto the Platform and fix it with the clamping tools. Make sure you you fix it hard.

Step 2: Move Axis

Here you need to move the X,Y,Z and position it middle of your curving part. Make sure the CNC bit just touch the objects surface.
Be careful here, you can take one white paper and place that to the objects surface to see the actual Z-axis position.

Step 3: Set Origin

Now you need to save all the previous coordinate here. Don't forget to do this.

Step 4: Print From SD

At last in this step you need to select the Gcode you have processed with our "EcubWare" software.
**Before stating to curve- TOYDIY Z-axis will raise up and move around the objects from top.Actually in this point TOYDIY is making sure that during the Curving period,CNC bit will not the Clamping tool and other outset part for Safely reason. So, after you selecting the Gcode from SD card, if you see the Z-axis is raising up and just travel around but not curving, don't worry. It's a normal Operation. Let us know if you have any problem regarding this function.

*** To know how to Switch any toolhead in the right method please read our Other article in this FAQ section.

What material Does the TOYDIY Support(FDM,Laser,CNC)?

1. FDM 3D Printing

EcubMaker Strongly recommend the users to use PLA filament for FDM 3D Printing. As other filament like- ABS,PTEG,TPU and other soft material requires much more temperature and it easily stick inside the nozzle. When our FDM tool head adopts the filament feeding mode of the remote extruder (the maximum temperature is less than 240 degrees). And the bottom plate can be heated around more than 50 degrees due to the power supply and the open structure of the Machine, so it cannot support TPU and soft material printint, ABS is also difficult to print complex models. At present, it only supports the printing of PLA materials.

2. Laser Engraving

The Laser tool head of this TOYDIY adopts a Purple Laser with 1500 MW Electric power. The Laser can engrave wood, leather, cardboard, carton, plastic and other materials. It is impossible to carve reflective (such as Mirror), Transparent Materials (such as acrylic, glass), Metal materials (such as Aluminum, iron, stainless steel, etc.) .

The principle of laser engraving is to burn the surface of material and visible the effect. It can't cut any materials(For details read another artcile about it). Engraving cannot process color engraving, but can you can get natural color and gray level engraving effect by adjusting the software settings.

3. CNC carving

The CNC tool head of this TOYDIY adopts 385 DC motor with No-load speed ranging from 8000 to 10000 rpm. The CNC motor can engraving Wood, Plastic, Chevron, foam board, acrylic and other non-metallic materials. Cannot carve metal  materials (such as aluminum, iron, stainless steel, etc.) and high hardness materials (such as glass).

Can't Auto Home?X-axis sensor failed?(With Video Tutorial)

If your X-axis can't auto during your Auto Home process, it means the X-axis sensor is displaced from the original Position. For that reason the toolhead slot can't pass through the X-axis sensor slot  and toolhead leveling probe don't popup(0:07). To solve this issue, you need to open the motor end-cap(0:08)and slightly move the sensor(0:20) so that it can have the minimum clearance for the toolhead to pass through the slot and toolhead leveling probe popup.

Y-Axis Bed Is shaking?Can't auto home?(With video tutorial)

If your Y-axis Bed is shaking during auto home and it's Can't auto(0:08), the reason behind it is the Y-axis sensor is displaced from the original Position(0:21). For that reason the bed slot can't pass through the Y-axis sensor slot. To solve this issue you need to open the motor end-cap(0:28)and slightly move the sensor(0:50) so that it can have the minimum clearance for the bed to pass through the slot.

Z-Axis Stucked? Can't Move Up&Down?(With video tutorial)

If your Z-axis is stucked and you can't Auto-home because of this. This issue usually appear after unboxing the TOYDIY. Although all of our Machine gone through several Quality control test, after leaving the Machine toward your Destination it's gone through so many hands and vehicles. During this time, sometime the Factory original condition doesn't remain the same after you unbox your Machine. In that mean time, the Z-axis may Displaced somehow. So the problems appears. It may also ahppend after your regular uses if somehow the z-axis displaced. To solve this issue, we have shown two different ways in the video below, Please have a look and Follow the instruction. Let us know if it doesn't solve your problem.

TOYDIY 4in1 3D Printer FAQ - How to Set Z-offset Value Correctly?

1. What is the Z-offset value used for?

Z-offset value is used to calibrate the clearance between nozzle and platform under FDM function (Z-offset is a fixed default value in Laser function). When the equipment is out of the factory, we will set the appropriate Z-offset value and carry out the actual printing test. The value is recorded on the front page of the instructions. The Z-offset value is usually around - 0.80 mm at the time of leaving the factory. When using the device for the first time, you need to input the value into the device and print it. When the Z-offset value is set and the default file model is printed on the first layer, if the customer needs to increase the distance between the nozzle and the printing platform, the Z-offset value will be increased (e.g. from - 0.80 mm to - 0.6 mm); otherwise, if the distance between the nozzle and the printing platform is too large, the filament will be produced. If the material can not adhere to the floor well, the Z-offset value needs to be reduced (e.g. from - 0.80mm to - 1.00mm).

If the FDM function is used all the time and there is no hardware change, the Z-offset value does not need to be adjusted repeatedly. However, after switching from FDM to other functions and then back (or after the FDM tool head has been disassembled and assembled again), the Z-offset value needs to be reset.

2.How to set Z-offset value correctly?

There are two ways to set Z-offset values:

The factory settings for Z-offset are provided on the front page of the manual. You can set this value directly in the mode you set manually.

Manual Settings: Enter the menu Utility > Z-offset > Manual Input Z-offset, enter the values you need to set directly through the knob, then return to the current interface, click Save Settings to save. When using manual settings, there is no sticky floor or the nozzle is too tight from the floor. Refer to the description of point 1, increase or decrease Z-offset values manually according to the actual distance.

Auto Setting: Enter the menu Utility > Z-offset > Auto Set Z-offset, then put an A4 paper between the platform and the sprinkler, and adjust the distance between the sprinkler and the platform by switching the knob, so that the height between the sprinkler and the platform is just an A4. At this point, the value displayed on the screen is the more appropriate Z-offset.

Number, and then return to the current interface, click Save Settings to save. Similarly, when automatically acquired Z-offset values are used, there is still a situation of non-sticking floor or too tight nozzle distance from the floor in the first layer of printing. Refer to the instructions in point 1, increase or decrease Z offset values manually according to the actual distance.

3.After setting the Z offset value according to point 2, what should be done if the first layer printing is not successful (not sticking to the bottom or not filamenting)?

After setting Z-offset in two ways at point 2, if the printing of the first layer is not successful:

First, you should check whether the Z-offset value has been entered and saved. Users must check again to ensure that the value has been entered and saved successfully (there is a minimal probability that the value will be lost or changed after shutdown, so it must be checked again).

Secondly, please check whether the tool head is shaking apparently. Usually it is necessary to check whether the sprinkler of the equipment is shaking (such as whether the fixed screw of the sprinkler is tightened, whether the sprinkler is inserted into the dovetail slot of the slider to the end, and whether the X-guideway is shaking seriously).

Thirdly, please check whether there is serious distortion and bending of the printing plate. Because our automatic leveling system is based on calculation compensation without obvious distortion of the printing platform, if the printing floor is too bent, the inaccurate calculation of the compensation value will lead to printing failure. The warpage can be seen by placing the ruler on the printing platform.

Fourthly, please check whether the nozzle itself is normal. Use the wire feeding function alone to judge whether the wire is normal or not, and refer to the plug treatment process if there is a plug.

Finally, do not intentionally want to reach a very perfect Z-offset value, our factory default Z-offset value can be used for routine printing success, after you have some experience, then continue to optimize and adjust this value.