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  1. It looks to me like your nozzle is too close to the bed and that your bed isn't quite level - close but not perfect. In this case I would raise the nozzle a little and push more filament out slower on that first layer. Also, typically one doesn't do a width more than 2x the nozzle size. That is canon, so take it with a grain of salt. Like TMicke, says, raise the nozzle, increase first layer flow AND I suggest going a bit hotter on the first level. I use eSun PLA+ quite a bit and I print that at 225, 235 for the first layer with the fan off. Also, I would drop the speed down to 20% of your normal speed, and then some. If your settings work to drop print speeds if the layer time is very short, then this should work. Your skirt looks fine, so your first layer speed may be OK. I tend to explicitly set my first layer to print at 6-10mm/s when using CURA. DLC
  2. (I will avoid any feature flame-war comparison with S3D - I use CURA and S3D) Each of these slicers has something that the other one doesn't have. S3D does have useful retraction settings: mm retract, retract speed, coasting (letting filament run out at end of a run without extruding stuff), extra extrude after a retract, wiping,... There may be more, I have used these to great effect to help with blobs and strings. Sometimes what you need to do to correct the issue is not very intuitive... "Over" retracting can cause weird things to happen, under-retracting gets you blobs and strings, LOTS of retracts in a small space will give you headaches on a print... You end up fiddling until you find what is giving you problems. DLC
  3. I just had this happen and it took three days to figure it out. I use both CURA and Simplify3D, and my models had the exact same problem as you describe, in both slicers. What I discovered is that in places where there are a lot of retracts due to crossing open space to the next landing, if you have retraction distance set too high, your get what I call a "starve-gush" cycle that makes it look like your printer is alternating a weak extrude and then an over-extrude. Try reducing your extraction distance. I went from 5.5mm to 3mm and the issue went away. I too was using a 40mm/s retract rate. I am using a Delta printer, but the same dynamic might still be in play. DLC
  4. I have seen "Waiting for user input" on my printer when going through USB to my printer with 3.4.1. I never saw that before. In my case it seems to be caused when I preheat the bed and the nozzle via the "monitor" screen in CURA before I start the print job. Do you use the preheat buttons as well? Oh and. Setting up Octoprint is stupid simple and cheap. I have a ancient Raspberry Pi model B (not 3B, B) with a $10 USB WiFi dongle and a class 4 8GB SD card on my Anet A8. I do not know how I survived without Octoprint! I even run a USB camera on it with no problems at all. You can get a RPi 3B+, USB cable and power supply off Amazon for about $43, another few bucks for an 8GB SD card. Any RPi board will work but I think that the Pi Zero is a bit more of a hassle because of its limited I/O. Google Octoprint to find the image to put on the SD card and follow their instructions to set it all up. It takes about 10 minutes (after you dump the image to the SD card.)
  5. The solution appears to be obvious now. As I noted above, when I turned down the part fan, I got better media flow and it stopped under-extruding. But I am getting a rough spot in the middle of the print. I just did a Simplify3D print of the same part, filament, settings and speeds as CURA (as much as I can match these). That print was also messed up in the exact same place. SO... It looks like the fan is my issue in CURA. It also looks like I have a mechanical stutter in my linear rails, or something else in the drive train of my delta. I don't think that the issue lies with my "Itty Bitty Belted" extruder since the problem occurs at a specific time in the print that is clearly based upon height. Maybe something is binding up, or a "flat spot" in my GT2 belts or pulleys. I will do a complete tear-down and check all those parts. I have had issues with these rails before - It may be time to get another set if I can't clean them out to fix them (or whichever one it is). Thanks for your help everyone, DLC
  6. Update: No idea about acceleration and jerk. It is nothing that I have ever fiddled with in CURA before and I'll need to read up on just what it does. Yes, the filament is 1.75mm in both S3D and CURA settings. HOWEVER I found something that is starting me on the way to a fix. This printer has a VERY effective part fan ducting system. I dropped the starting fan speed in CURA to 40%, with a maximum of 60%. This eliminated the filament starvation, but I still had some rough spots in the beginning. I then SLOWED the first layer down to about 6mm/s and this cleared up the initial roughness at the plate. The attached print is of the beloved "Benchy" calibration print. We start out well, end out well and go whack in the middle. So, that is a puzzle. I am running an S3D Benchy on this printer to see if the problem may be mechanical (one of the linear rails has a rattle to it that I don't like). Thanks all for the suggestions, DLC
  7. Nope. I wouldn't know what to set it to. S3D does not expose any acceleration or jerk modifications that it may put into the gcode. I assume that it is using the firmware defaults. I do not set those values at all in my CURA profiles.
  8. I have both CURA and Simplify3D and go back and forth between them depending upon my projects. I recently completed a new delta machine of my own design and have run into a problem. My Simplify3D profile works just fine, but I tried to create a profile in CURA that mimics these settings and it is a miserable failure. This is the first time I have had absolute failure in this process, but it is also the first time that I have tried to mimic profiles between the two programs too. I have attached a picture of the two results, the left is S3D, the right is my customized CURA 3.4.1 profile. This problem is obvious. But not the cause... Clearly I am under-extruding in CURA, filament grinding makes me think that I am under temperature as well, but I am not. It could be CURA is trying to push filament too fast, but why? Both programs are set to the same speeds (so far as I can tell) and same temperatures. I am missing some nuance. Is my "micromanagement" of the CURA settings the cause of this? I don't use the CURA stock settings ever since I typically use delta printers, and eSun PLA, for instance, likes 225C, not 200C (stock CURA PLA settings). What settings have I obviously run afoul of? Many thanks all.
  9. Well, if it helps, I just installed 3.3.1 on my Mac (OS 10.13.4), installed the new Octoprint plugin and all is working fine. I left the 3.2.1 install and 3.2.2 on my machine as fall backs. But, Occasionally I still get the "hashed" fonts in at least one of the custom setup windows. It didn't happen the second time, so I don't know which window caused it. So, where it counts, 3.3.1 is working fine so far on my Mac, and with Octoprint. Thanks, DLC
  10. This did the job. I will now go test some "stuff" and see how it all works. DLC
  11. I can't reach anything at this link. I don't have a login there. Thanks, DLC
  12. Me too. Almost everything on the "Prepare" page has to be "pattern matched" to be understood. OSX 10.13.3 DLC
  13. I will uninstall for now. Maybe a later version will work. Or, maybe not so much on a Mac. Thanks all
  14. Nope. I have only run cura on my PC up until now. My only laptop, for traveling demos is my Mac. Cura 2.7 is the first version I have tried to install on it. Edit #1: I just tried cura 2.6.2 - Same thing happens. One more detail in both cases: Initially the "C" appears on the dash board as the OS verifies the install, then it warns me that this is the first time it has run an internet download of cura. when I give the the "OK" it crashes silently, no error screen, no log file. Every attempt to start it past that point is a silent crash. Edit #2: Cura 2.6.2 will open and run if I open the app container, go to MacOS and double click on "cura". A terminal window opens and tons of info and a few errors are thrown out. Then cura actually starts and asks me to define a printer. Cura 2.7 will NOT work if I go this path, I get a similar error as I posted above in its terminal window. Hopefully something I am saying helps. Does no one else out there have this problem? Thanks, DLC
  15. There is nothing here: $User/Library/Application Support/cura//cura.log (OSX). So I tried running it on the command line and got the trace: Error in sys.excepthook: Traceback (most recent call last): File "", line 969, in _find_and_load File "", line 958, in _find_and_load_unlocked File "", line 673, in _load_unlocked File "", line 665, in exec_module File "", line 222, in _call_with_frames_removed File "/Users/ultimaker/build/2.7/build/inst/lib/python3.5/site-packages/cura/CrashHandler.py", line 10, in File "ExtensionLoader_PyQt5_QtCore.py", line 22, in File "ExtensionLoader_PyQt5_QtCore.py", line 14, in __bootstrap__ File "/Users/ultimaker/build/env/2.7/inst/lib/python3.5/imp.py", line 342, in load_dynamic ImportError: dlopen(./lib/python3.5/PyQt5.QtCore.so, 2): Symbol not found: ___sincos_stret Referenced from: /Applications/Cura.app/Contents/MacOS/./libQt5Core.5.dylib Expected in: /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib in /Applications/Cura.app/Contents/MacOS/./libQt5Core.5.dylib Original exception was: Traceback (most recent call last): Traceback (most recent call last): File "/Users/ultimaker/build/env/2.7/inst/lib/python3.5/site-packages/cx_Freeze/initscripts/__startup__.py", line 12, in File "/Users/ultimaker/build/env/2.7/inst/lib/python3.5/site-packages/cx_Freeze/initscripts/Console.py", line 21, in File "/Users/ultimaker/build/2.7/build/inst/bin/cura_app.py", line 54, in File "/Users/ultimaker/build/2.7/build/inst/lib/python3.5/site-packages/cura/CuraApplication.py", line 4, in File "ExtensionLoader_PyQt5_QtNetwork.py", line 22, in File "ExtensionLoader_PyQt5_QtNetwork.py", line 14, in __bootstrap__ File "/Users/ultimaker/build/env/2.7/inst/lib/python3.5/imp.py", line 342, in load_dynamic ImportError: dlopen(./lib/python3.5/PyQt5.QtNetwork.so, 2): Symbol not found: ___sincos_stret Referenced from: /Applications/Cura.app/Contents/MacOS/./libQt5Core.5.dylib Expected in: /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib in /Applications/Cura.app/Contents/MacOS/./libQt5Core.5.dylib Any clues here? Thanks, DLC
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