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ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?


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Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

I bought a spool of orange ColorFabb filament, and this is my first real try printing with non-Ultimaker filament.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were presets for ColorFabb, and I used them.  I got terrible results -- oozing, stringing, knotting.

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I tried multiple prints varying the print temperature, but saw the same thing.  Then I put my fingers gently on the filament entering the feeder, and noticed that there was absolutely no retraction happening.  None.  I double checked, and "Retraction" was selected in the Cura settings.  So I set Cura to Ultimaker PLA (forcing the temperatures and speeds to be the same as before, and printing worked much better:

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Is it possible that there's an error in the ColorFabb presets?  Is there something that needs to be done other than checking the "retraction" box to get retraction going for non-Ultimaker filament?

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?
    On 15.3.2018 at 6:26 PM, jhirschman said:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were presets for ColorFabb

    My Cura (version 3.2.1) doesn't have such presets *|

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    Here's a screenshot of how I assigned a particular extruder to use ColorFabb PLA/PHA by clicking the "Material" pulldown.  But it won't print well, because retraction seems to be disabled when I select that.

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    Posted (edited) · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    You should be able to enable it after selecting it. The profile should just be a list of settings to start with, but not locking them. As for Colorfabb, I just use the basic PLA profile and only change the temp to about 195 for the most part.

     

    Edit: My choice of PLA when slicing is based on the color I wish to see the model in. All the PLA settings, as far as I know, are pretty much the same.

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    To be clear, I'm not suggesting it's locked out.  I can (and did) check the retraction checkbox -- it just isn't actually enabling retraction during the print.  As I said in my first post here, assigning the extruder to "Ultimaker PLA" settings causes the retraction to work, and the ColorFabb prints very nicely.

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    Try posting a project file that has this behaviour for someone to evaluate since it seems to be alien to other people's experience.

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?
    8 hours ago, jhirschman said:

    Here's a screenshot of how I assigned a particular extruder to use ColorFabb PLA/PHA by clicking the "Material" pulldown. 

    I did the same but as I said before my Cura didn't ship with such settings with Cura 3.2.0. 

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    @kmanstudios do you have the Colorfabb option? Maybe they got added with the 3.2.1 release. 

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?
    12 minutes ago, cjs said:

    @kmanstudios do you have the Colorfabb option? Maybe they got added with the 3.2.1 release. 

    Noperz. I am thinking he cloned a profile and modified it.

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    I'm a little new to Cura.  Maybe I did clone a profile and modified it, but I don't know how I did.

     

    Regardless, it seems to me that if I have the retraction box checked, then retraction should work.  I'm in the middle of a long print, but I'll try this again, validate the retraction not working, and post the profile.

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    My apologies -- this looks like pilot error.  I first bought this spool of filament about a year ago, and did a little experimenting with it on a couple of very simple things, and then didn't really use it for any projects.  I think during that initial use I created a new profile, forgot I did that, and then a year later erroneously thought this was an official Cura profile.

     

    I just created a clean, brand new project, used the default generic PLA profile, and retraction works fine.

     

    Again, sorry for the false alarm.

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    No need to be sorry. It happens. And it is good that you found the issue for others that may experience the same thing :) It is all a learning curve :+1:

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?

    Thanks for all the help, @kmanstudios

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    Posted · ColorFabb default settings disable retraction?
    37 minutes ago, jhirschman said:

    Thanks for all the help, @kmanstudios

    Any time....it is whut we here ferr :)

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