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  1. I'm new to 3d printing but I'm trying to learn as fast as I can. I have a prusa i3 clone and it uses cura software to slice and print. I'm having an issue where the machine will retract the filament ( and by retract I mean alot of retraction) and the soft filament hardens in the tube going to extruder head, causing a jam. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I tried to turn off retraction all together in the cura settings, but the machine still does it. Is there anther setting on the machine thats doing this? I've read that retraction helps with 'stringy' prints, but do I even need retraction? One other thought, the software on my machine has been buggy. Even though I know flashing new firmware on there is a tricky business, could flashing new firmware help this issue? Could it actually be causing this issue in the first place? Thanks in advance for the help and advice!
  2. [/media][/media][/media][/media][/media][/media][/media][/media][/media][/media] These are all my Cura Settings. Don't know if these are way off or what
  3. No loading it isn't the issue, its when its already printing. The reason I know it gets stuck is that filament stops flowing and when I depress the lever to pull out the filament it doesn't move. I took apart the extruder and found that it's getting stuck in the screw tube going into the nozzle head. Is it possible the nozzle is clogged or something?
  4. Also one other issue I've just run into is that while trying to print, the filament will get stuck while being fed into the extruder nozzle guide pipe if that makes sense. Is there a way to fix this? I figured it must be something I'm doing wrong or don't know about.
  5. hey guys I'm a brand new rookie to 3d printing. Very excited to learn all the ins and out of it. I'm having some issues with printing right now. Here's a little background and my systems/hardware: -Alunar M505 printer (prusa i3 clone, cheap DIY printer to learn on) -Cura 3.1.0 software -painters tape print bed -1.75mm PLA filament After assembling the printer and doing my best to "zero-in" and calibrate the bed and all the axis, I've tired to print out a test print to see the quality/make sure I did everything right. Well here's the thing, I can't get the filament to stick to the print bed. Here's what I've tried to remedy the problem: -printer has a heat bed, but I just read that heated painters tape does not act as a good adhesive when heated, so I turned off the heat to the bed after which the filament stuck a bit better, but still no go -I also read that filament not sticking is also a product of an uneven/unlevel bed, well I tried my best to tweak and fine tune this to be as near perfect as possible (being a newbie, maybe I'm still messing something up there but I've tried to level all 4 corners of the bed to a postit note height between bed and nozzle tip) After this, its still not sticking, and obviously the first few layers are critical to the integrity of the print. One final thought, it seems like the extruder is not putting out enough filament, not sure if this is a common misconception to a rookie or if i need to adjust the speed/output of the filament. Any help or advice would be GREAT! Thank you in advance for help and patience with me. If it would help, I'm more than happy to provide pics/videos for what I have
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