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Filament extrusion always stops at some point during print

I own a Creality CR-10 (using Ultimaker Cura for slicing) and I am experiencing terrible printing problems. My problem: I am not able to print anything that takes several hours to print. For parts ...
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Difficult to remove support material

I'm having a lot of difficulty removing support material without damaging the print. Are there any tips/tricks to doing this or is it just a case of sanding, cutting, chopping and then cleaning it up ...
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Are black filaments more brittle?

I've been 3D printing for a while and I've noticed that, when printing small parts, my colored plastics (PLA, PLA+ and ABS) have better layer adhesion than black ones. Did you notice this? What ...
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Why won't my Filament feed through the extruder anymore?

Printer: Monoprice Select V2. I've done several prints already and swapped out filaments many times but in my most recent swap, I can't feed my PLA through any more. I first preheat my extruder for ...
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Do firmware updates affect print speeds?

I flashed the TH3D unified firmware (R2.7) yesterday and so far everything works. I printed the 20 mm cube using the same G-code file I used for my very first print ever. However, with TH3D ...
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Extruder get loose

Printer: Anet A6 I'm gaving some trouble with a loose hot end. I was trying to peel of some PLA when I noticed the whole thing was kinda loose. I could pull it out very easy. So I tried to put it ...
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Marlin: Making any GPIO pin HIGH for a given time

Is there any way Marlin Firmware supports G-code that can make a pin "high" and keep it at that state for a period of time specified? I have made a machine, which runs on Marlin Firmware, that is a ...
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How to change temperature every 25 layers (or 5 mm) in Ultimaker Cura or G-code? [duplicate]

I want to print this heat tower calibration test. The instructions say to change the temperature every 25 layers. It also tells me to use G-Code command M104 Sxxx ...
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What is the easiest program to make models in that does not violate your intellectual property? [on hold]

I have tried blender but it is so complicated. Are there any simpler programs to make models in? Preferably ones that can be downloaded. By using Tinkercad for example....you are grant them the rights ...
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How Do Tool Path Algorithms Decide Which Direction to Print a Closed-Loop Polygon

I understand how slicer programs create sets of closed-loop polygons to print on a layer-by-layer basis. For a given closed loop polygon which needs to be printed, the tool path generator will know ...
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Z-axes out of sync with Simplify3D

I have a Robo 3D R1+, and I'm using the default Simplify3D profile for it. When I finish a print, I notice that my X gantry is way out of level. The right side is visibly higher than the left side. So ...
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Small structures are deformed after switching to Duet Wifi

I just switched to the Duet Wifi board (used MKS Gen L 1.0 before) and now small structures look terrible. From my observations the hot end moves correctly, but almost no filament gets extruded. On ...
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How to clean up my buildpate for a new build surface?

My ender3 came with a BuildTak-clone surface, and as I was a little too vigorous in getting the print off the bed (I had failed to level right and printed a bit too tight to the bed, resulting in ...
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Gap between infill and walls for one filament only

When I'm printing with my Chromatik filament white, 1.75 mm in diameter, I observe a gap between the infill and the walls (see picture). Everywhere on the web I can find explanations for this kind of ...
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Bed leveling compensation not working!

I have a DIY 3D printer that uses a probe as z min limit and bilinear bed leveling. The problem is that bed leveling compensation sometimes doesn't work. This is in my starting scripts in Simplify3d: ...
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Cura doesn't slice

I can launch Cura with no issues, it runs fine. I can import objects and change settings, but when I click 'slice' it doesn't even show a progress bar on 3.6.0 and on v4 it shows a progress bar but ...
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Problems with bed leveling of Creality CR-10 Mini

So I've had my CR-10 Mini for some months now, and I've been continually having strange problems with bed leveling. Basically, after leveling the bed and printing a part, the bed is no longer leveled ...
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Marlin 2.0 - set stepper drivers?

I have an Anycubic Delta with a Trigorilla board. I have swapped out the A4988 drivers for DRV8825. Currently, I am assuming it is using the A4988 drivers as the steppers are making a quiet growling ...
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How does a 3D printer software/firmware work

I have been working on a printer project that basically is a 2D printer (dot matrix type). We are using solenoids as actuators to make impressions on the paper. We are now in the process of designing ...
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What causes burnt corners?

Today I was printing some parts and I got these burn marks at the corners: This is the first time I see this on this printer (Anycubic I3 Mega). I was using more or less the same settings (in Cura) ...
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Heatercartridge bolt stuck

After a brownout a print failed and it got the whole hotend covered in PLA. I am now in the process of replacing some parts on the hotend (one of the thermistor legs broke of) and also wanted to take ...
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Bed too close to nozzle?

I've been having some bed adhesion problems that I have been trying to solve by leveling the bed. I think that it's pretty level now but when I start a print the lines seem pretty flat. Is this true? ...
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Font suitable for 3D printing

I am looking for a font, which is connected and has a good line width (so that it can be 3D printed). Something like in the image below: Something like in the image above would be great, but I don't ...
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What is this material?

In the context of a personal project I would like to reproduce the appearance of a commercial product of which I send you a cropped image. I would also like to point out that I do not have the object ...
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X and Y homing issues

I get an error: printer halted. (kill() called! Any time I home my machine's X or Y axis. I have just installed a 3D touch auto bed level sensor, ironically it ...
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Mystery filament cleaning fluid

Whilst looking to fix a different problem I had I came across this video. It's a filament reel holder, but at 02:40 the person uses a mysterious fluid. I haven't seen anything like this before (...
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Setting up a brim/raft for only a portion of the overall print

I'm trying to build an assembly with one larger part (about 50 mm x 50 mm), two small parts (about 10 mm x 5 mm) each, and one part that starts with two 2 ...
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Designing lenses

Recently, I did discover that it might be possible to print fully solid, air free and thus optical homogenous, even with PLA. How can I design a proper focusing lens (or rather: single sided lens ...
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Bad layers in otherwise good prints

I can print a reasonably high quality print, but then there will be a millimetre or two of rubbish. This can happen at the start of a print, in the middle or at the end. It doesn't seem to be bad G-...
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Printing rectangular grid

I am trying to print an item with a rectangular grid (using PLA on Ultimaker 2+): Holes are 4x4 mm, distance between holes (wall thickness): 1mm. I am printing with 0.4 mm nozzle. Unfortunately, ...
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I can't level my bed any more

I have a Monoprice Select v2 that I just bought less than 2 months ago. I've manually leveled it on several prints prior. I noticed a couple of holes in my print bed after my last print, like the ...
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How specific can I get setting layer heights?

When choosing a layer height, I know that often you go as fine as your printer will do for better precision, but sometimes you go a little thicker, for speed, for example. I also see .1mm and .2mm as ...
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How to build a CTscan into a printable 3D model?

I have a set of 2d pictures from a CT-scan. How can I convert them into a 3d model for 3D printing? An example looks like this:
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What causes this “stringing” and can my print recover from this?

Here's what it looks like This is the model thingiverse linky It looks like it couldn't print the edge, but this happened many many hours after printing the brim. This did not happen with my 1st ...
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How can I decrease the thickness of a wall in an STL file?

There seem to be a lot of search results answering the question of how to increase wall thickness, but how can I decrease wall thickness? I have an STL model of a mechanical keyboard key where the ...
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Can I 3D-print print a PET bottle?

I want to print a transparent PET bottle for my homemade lemonades and thought about 3D-printing them. I would like the printed bottle's quality to be as fine as a Coca-Cola PET bottle for coke and ...
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Important build plate characteristics/qualities

I managed to tear my build plate trying to get some very stubborn plastic off it. I'll need to buy a new one, what characteristics are important for me to ensure it's compatable with my printer? I ...
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Marlin 1.1.x on Ender 3 changing PREHEAT_1_FAN_SPEED has no effect?

I dont want the part cooling fan on during preheat, especially when I'm only heating the bed, it is just unnecessarily loud and serves no purpose at that time. However when I set ...
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How to format an SD card for Monoprice Select Mini V2?

I bought a 32 GB SDHC (Sandisk) I'd like to use for my Monoprice 3D printer. I have downloaded Partition Wizard and partitioned a 2GB primary partition formatted as FAT and it still does not show any ...
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E3D V6 nozzle vs MK8 nozzle, first layer adhesion

Does anyone notice that when they upgrade from a MK8 to a V6 hotend that when using the same settings and bed-leveling/z-distance-setting procedures, that the filament is much more likely to be pulled ...
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Why is Print Adhesion almost good, but still not right?

It feels like my print is almost there, I spent a long time fine tuning the calibration with a fantastic set of G-code files from Chuck Hellebuyck. I am using an Ender 3, on which I have modified the ...
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Sandable primer suitable for PLA?

What kind of primer should I be using for my PLA prints? I want to be able to sand the object after applying the primer for a smooth finish before painting. Would something like this work? https://...
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What do you use to keep your blue tape from lifting?

I have a few issues with the blue tape, which I'm trying out for the first time. The tape seems to warp, bubble and lift from the aluminum plate when it heats and cools and during printing. I put ...
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I want to print an image of a network in 3D — what's the best way to convert it?

Suppose I have an image like this below that I want to print in 3D. What would be the best format to convert it in?
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How to remove exess filament from bed after removing model

Recently got an Anycubic I3 Mega Printer and I've been playing with what it can do, but after a model is done it leaves residue on the build plate behind that is bugging me. Do I NEED to remove it? If ...
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Basic Spinning Top Prints Fail in Same Location

My attempted prints on my Creative Ender3 of model: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:23686 The print uses support structures (generated by Ultimaker Cura) failed in the same location twice. It is ...
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TPU Filament in Dremel 3D20?

I recently got a Dremel 3D20, and I understand it only takes PLA filament according to the Dremel site. However, I was wondering if anyone has successfully used TPU filament or knows it will work ...
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Z-Axis does not appear to be working on Ender-3 Pro

So, the wife got me a Creality Ender-3 Pro 3d Printer for Christmas. Assembly was easy, axis movements are all solid... when I go to print the test-dog.gcode file provided with the machine, it comes ...
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Can a 3D printer make a 3D printer?

Could you use a 3D printer to make a 3D printer's parts? What is the most of a 3D printer that can be made this way? Could parts that break be replaced this way?
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Limit Switch problems on RAMPS 1.4 and custom built 3D Printer running Marlin 1.1.0-rc6

So I am trying to fix a custom built 3D printer for my institute and am running into a problem I can't wrap my head around. So the limit switches for Y-axis and Z-Axis work just fine, but the X-Axis ...

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