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Random under-extrusion on first layer(s)


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Posted · Random under-extrusion on first layer(s)

I've been printing for a while with a Creality CR-10S with Colorfabb black PETG economy and all was good. Until today, where on a large, flat print (30x10cm - a small drawer) I can't manage to get a smooth first (or second) layer no matter how hard I try. I tried so far:

  • calibrating the extruder
  • setting different temperatures (range 230-240 suggested by the manufacture is 235-250)
  • slowing down the print (I usually print skin at 80mm/s, I tried this one down to 40mm/s)
  • installing a brand new nozzle
  • levelling the bed

The print starts fine but then, randomly, some bands that look like under extrusion appear: 

B4cdo.jpg

 

Here's a second example of the first layer - I've ripped it off the plate but as you can see the first 50% of it was fine. The problem appeared later in the process. 

 

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The extruder "clicks", the filament stalls and it's clear that the nozzle is not extruding plastic fast enough. What can it be?

All other prints are fine, but I have to say this is the only one that has such a large horizontal surface.

 

What can it be?

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