MatterControl's built in printer profiles are already set up for multi-extrusion on those machines that are capable of it.
If you have a custom printer, you can enable multi-extrusion within the device's hardware profile.
Specifically, the following settings:
- Extruder Count: Sets the number of extruders
- Share Temperature: Determines whether the extruders have separate or shared heating elements
Separate manual extruder controls are automatically added for each extruder.
For machines with separate heating elements new temperature controls will appear for the additional extruders.
Printing with Multiple Materials
Multi-component parts can be imported or created within MatterControl by combining multiple parts. Preparing a part for multi-material printing is a matter of loading in parts, arranging them, and assigning materials.
It is possible to automatically align parts that have been designed using the same coordinate system. Align actually moves all the parts on the bed to their absolute positions relative to the currently selected part.
Step 2 - Add additional parts to the bed.
Step 3 - Select the 'Align' button to align the parts
Now that you have part you would like to print you may want to assign different material to different sections of the part. You will need to ungroup your part then select each sub-part to assign a material.
Step 1 - Ungroup (if needed)
Step 2 - Assign extruder to part and save as a new file
Relevant Multi-Extrusion Settings
Wipe Tower and Shield
To enable either of them, navigate to Settings > General > Multiple Extruders.
You can set the distance of the shield from the object or the width of the tower.
Setting these to 0 disables that structure.
Tool Change GCode
It is not possible to use the second extruder by itself. It is only possible to use it in prints that use the first extruder as well.