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Posted · Help Switching from ABS to PLA

Hi all and greets to everyone!

I just moved over to PLA from ABS and not quite sure how to feed it since it oozes out the tip a lot more than the ABS i'm used to.

The procedure I use is:

1) Heat up the machine to around 200+/-

2) Pull out the ABS filament

3) Feed in the PLA

4) Manually turn the feeder wheel until the ABS is gone and the PLA starts coming through

At this point, the PLA comes through the tip and keeps coming for minutes.

How do you know when it's ready to print?

Should I wait for the PLA to stop flowing out before printing? or just cooldown the machine immediately and start a new print from there later?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice!



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    Posted · Help Switching from ABS to PLA

    When turning the gear wheel by hand, be sensitive to the amount of pressure that it's taking... slow down a little as the resistance builds, so that you aren't just storing up a lot of pressure in the print head, that will inevitably lead to oozing.

    That said, some degree of oozing is pretty normal... just wipe the head off, and start printing. Once the print begins the pressure is going to build back up again anyway, so don't worry about it. It should still turn out ok.


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    Posted · Help Switching from ABS to PLA

    Should I wait for the PLA to stop flowing out before printing?

    No. If you wait until it stops, then by then there will be lots of air in the head and you will end up with underextrusion on the first layer. So not only do you not need to wait, you might want to "prime" it one more time if you do wait. The default start/end gcode in cura "primes" it a bit before printing. You may have taken that code out long ago for your ABS. Overall I think you will find PLA is easier to print due to it's reduced shrinkage when cooling.


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