Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Material Flow Issue? Platform Issue? Gantry Issue?


Recommended Posts

Posted (edited) · Material Flow Issue? Platform Issue? Gantry Issue?

I have had an Ultimaker 2 for many years now. I decided to upgrade my printer with the 2+ kit mostly in an attempt to better push flexible filaments as those were always troublesome. Ever since the upgrade, my printer hasn't quite been as turn-key as it was before. Check out the photo. In the front-left corner of this print, you'll notice a nice amount of material put down on this first layer but move just a bit to the right and it gets VERY thin (sometimes no material hits the platform at all). Look a little more to the right and then it's almost too much material. Not pictured, but if you keep going right and there is another thin spot and on the far right it's very thick.

I have re-leveled the platform countless times. I am printing with ColorFabb XT and have used this material pretty much since it came out. While it took a little bit to get dialed in and printing perfectly when I first switched to it from standard PLA, I haven't had any issues since very early on with it. I was VERY heavy into printing when I first got my Ultimaker so I'm not a complete noob; however, I made this upgrade a year or two ago and haven't printed much since because this has been so frustrating and I haven't had a ton of time to troubleshoot.

My question is, did I mangle something with the print-head installation? Could this be a gantry/rod/alignment issue? Is there something wrong with this newer feeder that isn't pushing material consistently? I doubt it's an issue with the print-head itself. Again, I haven't been using my printer much since I did this upgrade because of this issue and I'm trying to get back into it.

Sometimes the issue doesn't really matter and subsequent layers go over it just fine and the print succeeds... however, especially with thinner prints, this can be quite an issue.

IMG_20200426_131726.jpg

Edited by mghtbgiant
clarification
  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
    • Our picks

      • Ultimaker Transformation Summit

        On April 20 - April 23 we will host the Ultimaker Transformation Summit. Come talk to us via Live chat and get inspired by any of our relevant presentations!
        • 6 replies
      • New here? Register your Ultimaker for free 3D printer onboarding course
        Hi,
         
        Often getting started is the most difficult part of any process. A good start sets you up for success and saves you time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. That is why we have a onboarding course ready for
        Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3 Ultimaker 2+ Connect.   
        They're ready for you on the Ultimaker Academy platform. All you need to do to gain access is to register your product to gain free access. 
        Ready? Register your product here in just 60 seconds.
          • Like
        • 0 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...