Tilting your 3D printer makes auto-ejection much more reliable. It's surprisingly simple but very effective!
You can find pre-printed tilt kits for a variety of popular 3D printers on our online store.
Please visit 3DQue.com/resources to find installation guides for your specific 3D printer.
Tilt Kit Installation for Ender 3 S1, Anycubic Vyper
On an open and clean table, flip your printer onto it’s side to give you access to the z-axis bolts underneath.
Remove the outermost z-gantry bolt.
Using the provided M5x50 bolt + M5 washer, install the tilt bracket.
Install any additional ramps
Designing your own tilt brackets and part ramps
If you want to automate your 3D printer, but we don't offer tilt brackets for it, you can design your own if you're handy with 3D design software.
In order to set up your printer for reliable 24/7 automated 3D printing, you'll need tilt brackets to put your printer on an angle, and part ramps, which stop ejected prints from getting stuck in the printer's motion system.
Tilt bracket design guidelines
Tilting your printer allows gravity to take over once the part has loosened from the print bed. Gravity is free, and very reliable (over 99.999% uptime!).
Here are some tips for designing your own tilt brackets:
1. Tilt angle
From our experience, 20 degrees is the optimal angle to tilt your 3D printer. Any shallower, and parts do not slide off. Steeper, and the printer becomes difficult to work with, and Y axis acceleration might be limited, especially for larger printers like the CR10.
2. Center of gravity
Make sure you place the tilt brackets in such a way that the printer will not be likely to tip over. Remember, the print bed can move back and forth, and there might be a heavy print on the bed as well which can increase the tipping forces.
3. Material choice
PLA is fine in most cases, but if you want to enclose your printer to auto-eject high temp materials, then you should print your tilt brackets in ABS or another high temperature material.
Part ramps design guidelines
When prints get auto-ejected from your printer, they can fall in random and unpredictable ways. Since desktop 3D printers weren't designed to be automated, they can sometimes have large gaps in the front and sides where parts can fall into and get stuck.
For a reliable automated printing experience, you'll need to cover these gaps.
Identify any areas that prints could possibly get stuck. You'll need to consider all part geometries: large parts, small parts, and thin parts.
If there's a 1/100 chance of a part getting stuck somewhere, then you should probably design a ramp to avoid that situation.
PLA is fine in most cases, but for enclosed printers, use ABS or another high-temp material.