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  1. When I changed the PTFE orientation (180°), it delayed retraction problems and soon after the retraction problems I started to have serial-cloggs.

    The new PTFE solved that and it printed better than on day 1. But after just a month, I had to get a new PTFE, as 30 hours printing Colorfabb XT already ruined the new one ( a very expensive print ).

    My intend is to talk about this with Ultimaker in Paris. If this is something you need to change monthly, it should be much much cheaper.


  2. You can even get a hold of them on the forums. What severity level did you se on your ticket? I did a ticket once they replied within a week or so. You can always call by phone too. They have answered any time it have called.



    Ok, then there might still be hope. It is about a week ago.

    I am not used to so long delays. in my business, we have 4 to 24 hours SLAs based on what type of device. So a week seemed very long to me. Thanks.


  3. Ultimaker support sent me a new spacer, very efficient customer support! I will buy ESC fans and try to increase airflow and also reduce spring pressure. Thanks for the suggestions!


    How do you contact UM2 support ?

    I have tickets open there since over a week with no answers.


  4. Thanks @MartijnvG :)

    Retraction speed is 25 mm/s (default I guess), the 30mm/s are the print speed (sorry for the confusion). I'll definitely look into playing with that setting. I have to print slower, as the tubes move and vibrate if I print at 50mm/s.

    Any thoughts on the Teflon piece and the hot-end ?

    Btw, would be great if we could tell Cura to


    1. Densify infill close to the shell (somewhat possible on Slic3r)
    2. Change layer thinness and speed at given height (even better if automatic)

    Best regards



    I dismantled the head in order to check the Teflon.


    Turns out the Teflon has some sort of dent on one side and not on the other. Could this be the reason that prevents proper retraction and flow? It seems to be on the side where bowden tube might pressure the material into the teflon piece. (check picture below).


    Another surprise was that the heat cartride and sensor seem to be clued or stick to the heat piece. I did not dare to pull with anything else than my fingers. Is this normal ? Unless there was a clog I never pushed over 230°C.


    Capture Teflon


  6. Thanks @3Dmaker4U

    The temperature is 16-19°C, that should not be too hot. and the bottom of the UM2 is quite well ventilated.

    I guess I am going to take the head appart and check the teflon to be sure.

    Enabling retractions on prints with way fewer retractions does not cause under-extrusion. This really starts happening over time. So retractions every 2-3 seconds seem to cause problems over time.

    What you cannot see here is that the first 5mm the tube walls are thick. I saw under-extrusion at 6-7mm and paused the printer in order to make sure material was properly inserted. As you can see, the tube get better for a couple of centimeters (thin walls), then it starts again. But it does not deteriorate completely to the point of not printing anymore (like under-extrusion I had with the stock feeder).

    Btw: Temperature is at 210°C


  7. Looks like your GCode steps up fans with layers.

    That's why even if you set manually, once you hit the next layer, your code provides a new fan speed instruction.

    I guess it scales up with layers, let me know if it is not the case. Can you print something high ?

    I use the same settings, only start cooling after a few layers and progressive ( like after 5 layers, 5% fan speed and increments 5% per layer until 100%).


  8. 300 for an MK8? Seems a tad low to me.

    I've had it set to 365 when I was using it (temporarily reverted back to the stock gear for now).

    The value for the original one is 282.


    Well, in order to extrude the right amount of filament E-Step need to be 300. Really tested this extensively with Pronterface.

    But I agreed that the value difference is weird. Therefore I am wondering if my MK-? has different specs.

    I recall I ordered mine from a RepRap shop in Denmark, would need to check the invoice to be sure.


  9. @EldRick: I designed a slightly longer Yoke (0.8 mm). Happy to send you the STL if you want it. The original was working, except with PET and Nylon. That's why designed it.

    It is pretty much the only change.

    I might create one that is maybe 0.4-0.5 mm longer, because the new one results in inconsistent experience with NinjaFlex or FlexPLA (the original Yoke was better).

    I have the spool under the table, but the filament moves fine through the feeder.

    But after a lot of checks, my E-Step value is definitely 300.

    So starting to wonder if our MK-8 are really the same :???:



  10. Looking for some expert insight on that one.


    On the left, with retraction, on the right without retraction.



    1. I checked if I get missed steps or if filament slips, it does not seem to. The feeder pressure on the filament seems to be fine.
    2. If printing something that requires fewer retraction (here it is quite intense), this never appears. The brim and the first 5mm do not feature under-extrusion.
    3. I tested back and forth extrusion of 100 and 300mm with Pronterface and the feeder seems to be spot on. E-Step value has been adjusted as I use a MK8.

    Without retraction, the print is fine. I need to clean more, but I do not have under-extrusion.

    Is there another setting I should adjust? I am wondering if the retraction back and forth values are potentially slightly different because of the MK8 change. The difference is only 6,3% which could explain why I just slight underextrusion over time.

    Retraction setting 4.50mm

    Speed 30 mm/sec

    0.2 mm layers

    Thoughts ? Advises ?

    Thanks in advance!




  11. I understand the technology transition challenge, as I have to manage similar challenges professionally every year.

    What I meant to say, is that if there is a dual-extrusion solution moving to 1.75mm and there is none with 3mm filament. Or even if only the second head and extruder would be 1.75mm, I would consider it. Not having a dual-extrusion solution would be more disappointing imho.


  12. Indeed, if filament diameter is smaller or slightly larger, you might experience slight differences.

    I did a lot of PET and Nylon tests lately.

    While the feeder works great with PLA, my impression is that has not enough pressure for PET and Nylon. Hence the new slightly longer yoke I am testing.

    @Eldrick: Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely retry extruding 100mm with Pronterface.


  13. I use a MK8 with E-Step set to 300.

    The difference with you guys look weird to me, I'll do the tests again as I have the software installed on the laptop now.

    Yet I did not suffer any underextrusion lately. But mostly doing small prints these days with a lot of filament changes for testing.

    Thanks for sharing your E-Step values! :ugeek:


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