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I just received my new Prusa Mini a few weeks ago and at first it was great. But very soon a afterwards I started having small issues creep into my prints such as shapes becoming elongated, ridges on what should be a smooth surface, and skipped steps along the X axis.

Eventually the entire head carriage started making a thunking sound as it slid across the X axis. This was from the belt, having lost some of its teeth, slipping across the motor.

Here is a photo of the damage to the belt:

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Prusa service was excellent and with a photo and my order number they shipped out a replacement immediately.

Swapping in the new belt fixed everything and I thought my problems were behind me. But within a day or two of printing I started noticing problems with my prints. Upon inspection, I found that my belt was again damaged:

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I've tightened belts before on my other printer and have never seen anything like this.

I did notice that the belt provided by Prusa is thinner than the one on my other printer. But the Prusa belt seems to be of a higher quality with some kind of fiber blended into it:

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The obvious answer is that I've overtightened the belt. But I've tightened belts before and never had this happen.

Interestingly, both belts failed at the exact same location. The position where the damage would be at the X axis motor puts the extruder roughly centered on the build plate.

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    $\begingroup$ Over-tightening would be my first guess, second hunch, does the carriage run freely when moving it left to right without the belt? Does it catch on something. Note that there are many types of belts, you not necessarily need to buy from Prusa directly, a local supplier might be faster. You could try steel core, these are the strongest, but these do not last long when you tighten them too much and have small pulleys (I have had excellent experience with these on a cheap printer though). $\endgroup$
    – 0scar
    Nov 23 '20 at 12:37
  • $\begingroup$ Given that the failure is at one place, I wonder if there's something wrong with the geometry of the belt path. Does the belt appear to change its angle or tension as you move the carriage all the way to the left and right? $\endgroup$
    – Kevin Reid
    Nov 23 '20 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like that the printhead snags on something whenever it moves back, most likely cabeling, whenever the head is with that stretched position just behind the roller. $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    Nov 23 '20 at 20:23
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I followed up with Prusa on this recently (a few months later) and they confirmed that there were issues with some belts but that this has been fixed in production.

To provide a better guarantee of quality, I opted to replace both the X and Y axis with genuine GATES 2GT PowerGrip GT3 belts. This has fixed the problem for me.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for coming back to leave the answer to your own question! You can accept the answer after 48 hours. $\endgroup$
    – 0scar
    Apr 17 at 6:49

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