I was thinking about modding my hot end to the E3D V6 but is it worth it if I only want to print ABS? I am not a fan of PLA because it is a pain to remove supports. Does replacing a hot end with a better one make print quality significantly better?
I want to downgrade my firmware so I can use different software instead of xyz ware. My firmware unfortunately is the latest version to date. Can I still downgrade easily?
haha your right about being overwhelming but it's fun to figure out. My goal is to limit the layer lines in the prints. I am using the stock xyzware which is VERY limited. The supports leave ugly lines and are a pain to remove. I also want to reduce the machine noise. I modified my printer to eliminate wobble in most of the z axis and glass bed.
I also tried out meshmixer and it preps your .STL for printing but I don't like the supports it provides as they are cones and they overlap quite a bit wasting print material and time.
Based on that you might be better served by upgrading your slicer to simplify 3d versus a new hotend. Gives you tons of control and you can define your own supports. I was a bit hesitant to drop that amount of money on a slicer since there were so many free options, first print off the bed quickly alleviated any buyers remorse.
Do I need to downgrade to be able to send a Gcode to my flash card? I have the latest firmware. I am not even sure if I can downgrade with the latest firmware.
You don't need to downgrade to send a file to the SD card, you just need access to it.
The easiest way is to fit an SD card extension cable or replace the card with a wireless card such as Toshiba Flashair.
Regarding Meshmixer, you can edit the supports manually - http://www.extrudable.me/2013/12/28/mesh...ting-role/
Davinci 1.0 with repetier 0.92 & E3D hotend
Slicer - Simplify3d