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  1. Hi All,

    I have an Ultimaker original. I turned it on after a couple of months rest, attempted a print and it wasn't working well at all. A bit of investigation and I noticed the extruder would not always spin (sporadic) until it didn't spin at all. swapped out stepper drivers, cables, etc. and all pointed to a problem on the main board. I ended up taking the main board out and and resoldering all connections in case there was a dry solder. I also replaced the 100UF 50v cap under the extruder stepper driver.

    I have also been having problems with my head fan (ie. the board was not getting a signal so had a fan connected to a dial straight to the power supply bypassing the main board altogether). Whilst it was out I also resoldered the connections around the fan but made the mistake of getting the head fan and the board fan mixed up and replaced the MOS above the board fan when I didn't have to.

    So, put it all together, nothing happens. The green led power light on the main board goes on, nothing else (not even the display).

    I then plugged my PC into the unit via USB and it powers on, I have the display, no errors and it looks fine. I can even move X, Y and Z axis no worries, but the extruder still eludes me. I've also tried using Pronterface but still can't get the extruder to work.

    Any idea what may be going on with the extruder and, why will the printer only work when the USB is connected (I'm thinking it's the MOS above the board fan just below the stepper for the second extruder)?

    Appreciate your help, starting to panic i may have inadvertantly destroyed the board and they are Oh so expensive (like

  2. I have been using Meshmixer for extrusion (which is a major pain having to keep switching between software for what is such a simple task). In order to do a 360 degree scan you need at least 6 to 8 scans around the object plus a couple around the top (sometimes a couple around the bottom depending on if there is an overhang you need to get into the scan). With the basic Fuel 3D package you can't do it as it only allows for up to 6 scan stitching. You have to pay US$200 per month in order to do a 360 degree scan over and above the cost of the hardware, up 300% from last week.

  3. Today they released a new version of the software for the fuel 3d scanner. The previous version could not do proper off line scanning and you had to use the cloud (a maximum of 5 times unless you contact them, wait 3 days (as I did) to have them extend that number). They now have incorporated the new engine into the offline version but have also substantially increased the price. To add the ability to extrude, smooth the model and fix holes (something you'd thing would be standard) costs around US$200 per month (up from I think US$65 per month). To buy the software so that the US$2000 scanner you bought can have basic functionality costs US$5600, almost 3 times the hardware, and that's the basic version. Advanced costs US$7000. I'm in Australia which only just recently lost parity with the US$ and the software costs me $10,000. Truly, my advice, stay away from the Fuel3D until they get their act together. The results are OK with major caviets (it can only scan up to an A4 sheet of paper and only around 7cm depth) it is impossible to do a 360 degree scan (no matter what they tell you) and even if you could you'd need more than 6 scans which means you have to pay US$200 per month (even then I've never managed to get a decent 360 scan). For a project that started off as a kickstarter I'm surprised not more people are angry. I've contacted them today to find out how they justify the cost (Scanect is just over 1% of the total cost and does more) and will update once I have an answer. Not happy Jan.

  4. Hi all,

    My Ultimaker Original is working fine, but I just relubed the x and Y axis and noticed that it was grinding. I have modified my machine so that it has external motors and doesn't need the small belt. I eventually worked out that the motor was grinding, even with no power. Weirdly though, when I unplug the motor from the motherboard there is no grind at all. It's very quiet. Plug it back in, grind is back (all done whilst power off).

    Very weird, any one come across this before?


    Andrew - Australia

  5. I have an original Ultimaker and have a DIY heat bed. Looking online there are cheap(relatively) UM2 print beds/heated beds available, and they look identical to the heat bed upgrade (which is double the price once you consider freight ie here). Theoretically, can I use it on my UMO? Whilst my current setup works great, I would prefer a sturdier all metal bed, and the idea of a 3 point bed levelling system also appeals.

  6. Hi all,

    I've been having problems getting any version of Cura to slice when there are multiple models on the plate. Currently I'm using 15.02.1 on Windows 7 64 bit 16 gig ram, 2 x GeForce GTX 560 ti's (in SLI) and have this plate. Cura just will not even start slicing it. When I go to look at the layered view it will show me the single object sliced prior to it being multiplied. As you can see, they all fit on the plate, there is no brim or raft. The log doesn't show any attempt at slicing the multiplied object, but is;


    C:\Program Files (x86)\Cura_15.02.1\CuraEngine.exe -v -p -s initialSpeedupLayers=4 -s minimalFeedrate=10 -s preSwitchExtruderCode=;Switch between the current extruder and the next extruder, when printing with multiple extruders.;This code is added before the T(n)-s supportXYDistance=700 -s insetXSpeed=50 -s retractionZHop=75 -s extruderOffset[3].X=0 -s extruderOffset[3].Y=0 -s postSwitchExtruderCode=;Switch between the current extruder and the next extruder, when printing with multiple extruders.;This code is added after the T(n)-s retractionSpeed=40 -s filamentFlow=100 -s infillOverlap=15 -s inset0Speed=50 -s coolHeadLift=0 -s extrusionWidth=399 -s upSkinCount=17 -s initialLayerSpeed=20 -s minimalLayerTime=5 -s infillSpeed=50 -s supportExtruder=-1 -s fanSpeedMax=100 -s supportType=1 -s enableCombing=1 -s fanSpeedMin=100 -s supportZDistance=150 -s supportEverywhere=0 -s filamentDiameter=2840 -s initialLayerThickness=300 -s supportAngle=-1 -s fanFullOnLayerNr=4 -s extruderOffset[1].X=0 -s extruderOffset[1].Y=21600 -s layerThickness=60 -s endCode=;End GCodeM104 S0                     ;extruder heater offM140 S0                     ;heated bed heater off (if you have it)G91                                    ;relative positioningG1 E-1 F300                            ;retract the filament a bit before lifting the nozzle, to release some of the pressureG1 Z+0.5 E-5 X-20 Y-20 F9000 ;move Z up a bit and retract filament even moreG28 X0 Y0                              ;move X/Y to min endstops, so the head is out of the wayM84                         ;steppers offG90                         ;absolute positioning;CURA_PROFILE_STRING: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-s minimalExtrusionBeforeRetraction=20 -s retractionMinimalDistance=2000 -s skirtMinLength=150000 -s objectSink=7000 -s retractionAmount=4000 -s skinSpeed=50 -s skirtLineCount=0 -s startCode=M190 S70.000000M109 S190.000000;Sliced at: Tue 03-11-2015 17:39:16;Basic settings: Layer height: 0.06 Walls: 1.2 Fill: 15;Print time: #P_TIME#;Filament used: #F_AMNT#m #F_WGHT#g;Filament cost: #F_COST#;M190 S70 ;Uncomment to add your own bed temperature line;M109 S190 ;Uncomment to add your own temperature lineG21        ;metric valuesG90        ;absolute positioningM82        ;set extruder to absolute modeM107       ;start with the fan offG28 X0 Y0  ;move X/Y to min endstopsG28 Z0     ;move Z to min endstopsG1 Z15.0 F9000 ;move the platform down 15mmG92 E0                  ;zero the extruded lengthG1 F200 E3              ;extrude 3mm of feed stockG92 E0                  ;zero the extruded length againG1 F9000;Put printing message on LCD screenM117 Printing...-s skirtDistance=3000 -s extruderOffset[2].Y=0 -s extruderOffset[2].X=0 -s printSpeed=50 -s fixHorrible=1 -s layer0extrusionWidth=400 -s moveSpeed=150 -s supportLineDistance=2666 -s retractionAmountExtruderSwitch=16500 -s sparseInfillLineDistance=2666 -s insetCount=3 -s downSkinCount=17 -s multiVolumeOverlap=150 -g 49674 -s posx=105000 -s posy=105000 $Cura_SteamEngine version 15.02.1Copyright © 2014 David BraamThis program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modifyit under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published bythe Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or(at your option) any later version.This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty ofMERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See theGNU Affero General Public License for more details.You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public Licensealong with this program.  If not, see .Default config 'default.cfg' not usedReading mesh from socket with 3193839 vertexesLoaded from disk in 4.680sAnalyzing and optimizing model...Face counts: 1064613 -> 834403 78.4%Vertex counts: 3193839 -> 416850 13.1%Size: 29.878000 27.376000 13.662000vMin: 90.061000 91.312000 -7.000000vMax: 119.939000 118.688000 6.662000vMin: -14.939000 -13.688000 0.000000vMax: 14.939000 13.688000 13.662000Matrix: 1.000000 0.000000 0.000000Matrix: 0.000000 1.000000 0.000000Matrix: 0.000000 0.000000 1.000000Optimize model 4.384sSlicing model...Layer count: 224Sliced model in 1.529sGenerating support map...Generating layer parts...Generated layer parts in 0.140sGenerated inset in 1.248sGenerated up/down skin in 0.593sWrote layers in  0.62s.Total time elapsed 13.20s


    Any help would be hugely appreciated. ff6HsB0.jpg?1

  7. Happens to me as well with 14.07. No problems with 14.03 and before. Cura fails to repsond after making any changes at all to the model (scale, rotate, move, etc). It does eventually start to respond, but the time it takes is dependant on the complexity of the model. It seems that for some the calculatin process isn't a background task but has priority over all other functionality. I'm using Windows 7 64 bit, Core 15-3570, 16 gig RAM with 2 x GTX 560ti.


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