The directions that come with the Flux are definitely a bit of a beta directions. They are good, but some things have changed/evolved since they first had them printed. Here’s some directions I wrote up for another post, but wanted to put them in one spot.
These are designed for optimized setup, but are unofficial and not supported by the Flux team. These are based on my experiences and the experiences of other users. I’ll update these as things change or with feedback.
Before the flux arrives
- Install Flux Studio - https://flux3dp.com/downloads
- You may want to try the “Stable” version at first, but “Latest” may have some useful fixes
- Have the firmware loaded onto a USB drive following the USB directions here - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/216251077-Updating-firmware
- Have any STL files downloaded that you want to print. If you’re searching through thingiverse.com, look for things that have MANY “mades” with them and are small for quick printing speed.
Once you get everything open
- Plug in the power
- Plug in the USB drive only (don’t plug in anything else)
- Unplug and replug the power - Only way to reboot device
- Let the firmware upgrade. Do the next steps while that’s happening. (Should take about 3-5 minutes)
- Connect the filament tube with bushings to the extruder
- Cut your filament tip at a 45 degree angle to sharpen it to a point
- Feed the spool filament through the other filament tube like this - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/216763418-Instructions-of-Accessories
- Dip each metal rod ball (both ends) in the metal lubricant, and attach to the outside and the extruder
- Rub 2 coats of the glue stick on the UNPRINTED (without the grid) side the metal plate. Just make sure to get the center area unless you’re doing a large print. It’s recommended to let each coat dry.
Once the firmware is upgraded
- Boot up Flux Studio
- Connect the computer with the micro USB cable
- Run through the setup tutorial, including loading the filament
- Print the tutorial item, or the item you want.
Once you’ve printed a few models, or earlier
- Update the firmware on the toolheads. You’ll have to do the extruder and laser toolheads seperately.
- Download toolhead update from here - https://flux3dp.com/downloads
- Install using directions from Flux Help Center - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/217560508-HOW-TO-Update-toolhead-firmwre
- [May not be needed] Install the lubricant strips (or adhesive aluminum strips if you didn’t get them) - Lubricating Stickers? Solved, for spool friction
Using the laser engraver
- [May be solved with toolhead firmware update] Put a small piece of aluminum foil between the laser module and the drawing module - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/217085937-Error-Message-Laser-head-tilted
- Accurately measure the height of the object. A digital caliper can help - http://amzn.to/1LtNRyc
A lot of other people have probably ran across the problem you’re having already. Many problems are problems people with any 3D Printer would have, but some are specific to the Flux Delta.
- First, check out the official Flux Help Center (bookmark it). You will very likely have at least one of these problems - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
- Having trouble with your Wifi connection? - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/203927228-Troubleshooting
- Having trouble printing? - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/203975487-Troubleshooting
- Having trouble with the laser engraver? - https://flux3dp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/203826197-Trouble-Shooting
- Do you hear a loud, clicking noise coming from the filament feeder at the top? The Flux team hasn’t come out with an official stance on using these, but many users have found that a filter/oiler has been helpful - Filament Oiler/Filter
- I have found that just putting the filament through the hole in these Dremel pads and (if needed) some WD-40 has worked wonders