This report is all about the troubleshooting in 3D printing. I know it can be hard to find the existing problems when 3D printing especially for beginners. Of course you will always have the option to just trial and error but this will get pretty annoying after some time. So, what I was always missing was a beginner to advanced guide to solve certain problems and since I’m getting more advanced in that topic I thought I could help many people with this guide.
So, first of all you have to figure out if the existing problem is caused by a hardware error or by a software error. Here I have listed some of the most common hard -/ and software issues:
30mm/s and 60mm/s retraction speed
0.5mm and 2.5mm retraction distance
If you are using other materials than PLA and ABS and you are still getting strings in your prints
You might try out a lower retraction speed and a higher retraction Distance.
Download stringing-test from thingiverse: DOWNLOAD HERE
Try to firmly push some filament trough the extruder and the hot-end, do this when the
hot-end has the required heat for printing the filament thats being pushed through the extruder.
If you are not able to push filament trough the heated hot-end, your nozzle is probably
blocked. You can try to disassemble your print head, and clean it with a nozzle cleaner,
these can be found in our 3d printer Toolkit:
If the Nozzle is free and working and the extruder is running and there is still no filament coming out of the nozzle you have to look if the extruder applies pull to the filament. To do that just start your extruder and grab the filament between to fingers and try to feel if there is a slow pulling force towards the hotend, if that’s not the case you might have to find screw to increase the force applied to the idler which presses the filament to the filament pully.
for example: Cura > Shell > Bottom Layers
try to tone down your travel speed (something around 70mm/s)
between nozzle and bed)
the masking tape shouldn’t overlap
Cover your buildplate like this! after covering your build plate with masking tape you have to relevel your print bed!
I hope I was able to help, if there are any questions left feel free to call us:
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