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by gwhite
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: New printer can't handle unsupported overhangs
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: New printer can't handle unsupported overhangs

Thanks for the advice. I'll try turning on the fan and see if that does anything, along with increasing the speed. I'd hate to have to decrease the layer height (because it will increase time so much), but I may try that as well if the first two do nothing. It may be more a difference in air flow a...
by gwhite
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Updater broken.
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Updater broken.

It's not the "updater" that is broken, it's the software development process at S3D that is busted....
by gwhite
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: OK, Time to Start Yet Another "Where is Version 5? " Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 26436

Re: OK, Time to Start Yet Another "Where is Version 5? " Thread

After waiting all this time for an upgrade, I'm still OK with paying for it IF it is all it should be after all this time. I have now also had plenty of time to get PrusaSlicer working as a backup. I still prefer S3D, but if they go to a subscription system, I'm out of here...
by gwhite
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Recharging an stl
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: Recharging an stl

Unfortunately, I don't know of a way to do this easily in the current version. This is one of the MANY feature requests that should have been addressed in the phantom "Version 5" that was originally supposed to be out before the end of 2019...
by gwhite
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Strange waves in print wall
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Strange waves in print wall

I managed to reduce the same effect on my printer by re-tensioning the belts. After three years, the X-axis belt in particular was looser than it should be. I also cleaned & lubricated the linear bearings. This was on a MakerGear M2E so your drive hardware may be quite different. That main thing is ...
by gwhite
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: split big models
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: split big models

I use dovetails a lot to connect parts for larger models. I also use them to assemble multiple smaller parts where I don't want to mess up the cosmetics by using supports. Here's a magnetically mounted screw driver rack. There are two side pieces for the screw drivers, two end pieces with the magnet...
by gwhite
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: prevent suppot in a small hole?
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: prevent suppot in a small hole?

One trick is to make the top of the hole conical. If the cone is at a steep enough angle, it won't need or generate supports. If the hole HAS to have a flat top or you can't edit the file, you can go into the supports menu on the right side of the main display, and remove just those supports. It loo...
by gwhite
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Bed shifts on Z during printing, forming blobs in layers.
Replies: 9
Views: 2256

Re: Bed shifts on Z during printing, forming blobs in layers.

Just a thought: If the blobs are sticking up a little, the layer shift can be caused if the extruder smacks into one. Try a little Z lift & see if that helps.
by gwhite
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: S3D usb vs SD printing
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: S3D usb vs SD printing

I always use the SD card after having multiple crashed prints caused by Windows doing something to USB in the background. It may depend on your printer, but if ANYTHING tickles the USB for any reason, my printer (MakerGear M2E) throws a fit. I have a USB connection to control the printer for things ...
by gwhite
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: ''Choose start point closest to specific location'' problem
Replies: 5
Views: 727

Re: ''Choose start point closest to specific location'' problem

I'm using the latest version, and I use this feature quite a bit. At least with regular 3D models & printing, it's always behaved as expected for me.

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