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Posted · extruder seems to work fine manually, but when I print???

Just got my machine up and running. First print was marginally successful. Printed a whistle. All layers didn't bond and it leaned over in the middle. Maybe it was missing dropping steps for some reason.... Kindle of an Salvador Dahli whistle. I don't think those symptoms are relevant to my current issue though...

My extruder seems to work fine in RepG manual mode, or if I push the filament by hand. When I try to build, the axes go into motion like they should, but nothing comes out of the extruder... ???

Must be missing something basic. Anyone have some ideas?

Thanks

Matt

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Posted · extruder seems to work fine manually, but when I print???

I think it will be something to do with a Dimension plugin for Skienforge. Do a search for that.

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Posted · extruder seems to work fine manually, but when I print???

Thanks Owen,

I'm not sure what I did, but it is working again. I shut everything down and restarted. Overwrote RepG with another copy. Problem has gone away. Today was first try at printing, I am more than satisfied with the measure of success that I had. I am surprised how well the PLA sticks to the blue tape - too well I think.

RepG isn't too hard starting out. The many parameters will be something else to get a handle on.

Had some problems with Java locking up on me. Have had bad experiences with it in the past.

Tomorrow I will try out Netfab.

Matt

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Posted · extruder seems to work fine manually, but when I print???

That's great, good luck with it all.

There's lots of small challenges but it sounds like you're well on your way.

I've only ever used Netfabb myself and generate the GCode for use from RepG or Pronter

Enjoy

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