I will continue to update this page as I discover other issues.
Maker Steve’s 3D Printing rules to live by..
Don’t let your printer dry run to long without filament
Look for shavings on your extruder
- It’s a good indicator there is a problem.
- It can clog your PTFE and prevents the proper amount of filament from getting to the hotend.
- Essentially, your filament is getting shaved down.
- Often it is because the extruder tension arm is too tight.
- The green arm below. Loosen the large screw if required.
Listen to your printer for odd sounds…
- vibration dampeners help you hear what matters. More detail on that here: https://makersteve.com/2018/03/24/silence-your-3d-printer-with-vibration-dampers/
- Your printer will tell you when it needs help.
- Loud Clicking indicates an extruder restriction.. I cover that in detail here. https://makersteve.com/2018/08/29/ultimate-guide-to-troubleshooting-underextrusion-ripples-waves-and-stringing-in-3d-printers/
- Squeaking usually indicates you need to lube the lead screws. I use White Lithium Grease to ensure the lead screws move freely.
- Don’t let filament sit for a long time, it gets brittle and absorbs water.
- If you aren’t going to use your printer for a long time, pull the filament out.
- Store filament in dry boxes or drawers.
I use the silica packs from my filament and throw them in the box or cabinet to limit moisture. – see above
- Don’t let your filament run out during a print if you can avoid it.
- Find a good filament and stick with it as long as you can afford it. I am using dikale 3d Printer filament at this point, $17.99 a roll, great quality. I have been through more than a dozen rolls.
Use Threadlocker on your screws – especially the hotend.
- I use Loctite Blue Stick – Medium strength threadlocker
- Just a dab will do.
Print with a Brim
- They make the print take a little longer but almost always payoff in the long run.
- Brim’s are required for Squares or the corners tend to come up.
- Don’t be afraid to run a bigger brim. I typically run 8mm but to get all of the support material to connect sometimes I will 12mm as with the image below.
There is a ton of other useful stuff on Makersteve.com and more coming every week.
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