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robthebrew
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If you manually stop a print, then send a retract command (there is a button in repetier) of say 10mm: otherwise you have the "pressurised" filament cooling (slowly) into a thick plug. The retraction is not so much to get the filament out of the hot end, more to reduce this pressure. Even on the E3D I have noticed this on aborted prints.

My motors also get pretty hot, but I haven't bothered doing anything about it. If you do want to adjust the voltage to them, there is a vid tutorial in the support tab (for printrboard it is manual pots on the board, form D8 it is software (gcode) controlled.
2021-05-17 19:29
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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From: Cradley Heath, United Kingdom
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I've got the 5D board & after a quick search found another post of yours explaining how to lower voltage through gcode, so thanks for that :D I've also found that whilst I've not managed to get another print to get any further than 20 layers, the 'retract 10mm after stopping' suggestion has been a great help.

Went to order the E3D hot end & it wont let me even pre-order it.
Guess I've just gotta keep checking back to see when it's in stock :(
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2021-05-17 23:41
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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More progress. Today there's been a nice breeze flowing through the flat.
Figured I'd try printing something different, but still simple.

I had a go at the anti- z-wobble-part-thing :P
(http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:330307)


Came out great I think, compared to most previous prints (by that I mean im just thankful it completed without jamming)

Also re-tried the first of a literal handful of parts I want to make.
I have some pretty decent STL files for the fingers of an Iron Man hand that I want to eventually print.

It jammed, but this fourth attempt is the furthest its got so far:
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2021-05-20 03:01
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robthebrew
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Chris, first off, remind me if this is PLA? also, poor bed adhesion will give all sorts of problems later. Try printing with a brim.
2021-05-20 03:27
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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I've never had many issues with adhesion to the bed, if you're on about the top pic (the z-wobble thing) its meant to be like that. It's got a slight overhang on it & worked better than expected.

I have however had issues with the filament not coming out consistently, leaving little wispy waves of filament instead of a straight line of it & not adhering to the layer below as a result. I figure this is either a Slic3r issue, not putting out enough, or just general extruder/hot end issues, which should hopefully get fixed when I get my hands on a E3D hot end.

According to the mighty Nils Hitze, they have stopped pre-orders of the V5 hot end as they're transitioning to a new V6 design, so I'll have to wait a bit for it. Hope it's not too long. I wanted the V5 'cos there is already precise tutorials on how to add that to the MakiBox. I may be quite technically minded, but when it comes to hands on electronics I'm a bit useless :P
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2021-05-20 04:00
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robthebrew
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sounds like either something blocking the head or possibly E-step is wrong.
2021-05-20 16:05
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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...aaaand another hot end dies. One left.

They better bring the E3D V6 out soon or I'll have nothing to print with :/
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2021-05-20 20:03
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robthebrew
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this is way beyond a joke. It sounds like the new replacements are even less reliable than the originals
2021-05-20 20:14
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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Sadly I think they are all as bad as each other, which is a shame.
I generally like the design of practically everything in the MakiBox A6.
There's some great ideas in there, its just a shame they don't actually work.

I'm curious what they plan for their next release?
Could there be a more refined A6, or a whole new design?

Either way, I doubt I'd be buying it unless there is proof they will ALL work right.
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2021-05-20 20:23
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andybox
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The original design can be easily fixed by getting rid of the press fit and using a disk spring to clamp the heating element. Assuming they can come up with a spring that won't anneal out at up to 250C.

Sticking to their guns on pressfit will solve nothing, IMO
2021-05-21 17:02
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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WOOOOO.

Finally, they just released the E3D V6.
Within 10 minutes of the release, I've already ordered one for Susan.

http://e3d-online.com/index.php?route=extras/blog/getblog&blog_id=21
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2021-05-24 01:10
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RoyT
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E3D v6 looks good. Price a bit steep? I posted about this is the News section of the forum to hopefully get more attention. I bet you're not the last to order here but you are the first!

Good luck
2021-05-24 02:16
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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Still the same price of previous models, and as far as I care, it's a small price to pay to get a functional printer.
Especially as my third & final stock MakiBox hot end died yesterday mid print.
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2021-05-24 02:52
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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Yay! It's been shipped out.
My E3D-V should arrive tomorrow :D

Next step? Figure out how to make it work with Susan :|
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2021-05-28 02:43
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sethmo38@gmail.com
From: Keokuk, United States
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Very nice Cris. I ordered a VI, but I got an email saying that mine will be on a few day delay before shipping.

Definitely post your results!
2021-05-28 02:51