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by gwhite
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Odd Blobs?
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: Odd Blobs?

Update: I went off for a while & came back to this. I checked the retraction settings, and discovered "Force retraction between layers" wasn't selected. I went back & verified that the black filament version that worked fine did not have this set. I tried turning that on, and it made no difference.....
by gwhite
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Odd Blobs?
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Odd Blobs?

I've got an odd defect in my prints that I'm trying to chase down. I have a small box with some printing on the bottom (2 layers deep), and I've tuned up the retraction & restart distance to give good results on the letters Those settings weren't quite the best to minimize the groove where things st...
by gwhite
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)

A (small) negative Extra Restart Distance is often useful if the extruder continues to ooze a bit internally. It depends a lot on the temperature & particular material, but it can be helpful to really clean up the seams & such. It probably also depends a lot on the printer & extruder. I use it quite...
by gwhite
Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)

I manged to methodically stumbled across the magic settings! I dropped the Retraction down from 1 mm to 0.7 mm in 0.1 mm steps, and that didn't really do much. Then I dropped the Extra Restart Distance from 0.1 mm to zero, and the difference was astounding. No defects, and the text looks nearly perf...
by gwhite
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)

I'm still fine tuning the retraction & extra restart distance to clean up the text, but without much success. What's more annoying is that the original defects are still there as well... This is just the lower portion of the housing, which is much larger. I appreciate the suggestion of trying anothe...
by gwhite
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)

I had high hopes for shutting off the "Only retract when crossing open spaces" option. It had almost no discernible effect on the defects, and introduced all sorts of issues in the details of the text. I suspect the retraction and extra restart distance will need adjusting to get the text cleaned up...
by gwhite
Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)

Thanks! I'll play with that next. Given that the problem is entirely within the 1st layer, I'm not sure if "retract between layers" will help. I'm also trying the Retract for Movements > X setting. I just finished a couple test prints, one with cooling on the 1st layer (as low as I can set it), and ...
by gwhite
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)

Here's the factory file:
1st Layer Text Bug.factory
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by gwhite
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting and Bug Reports
Topic: Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Subtle Problem (Sort of a bug...)

I have a small electronics enclosure I've been trying to print for close to a week. I'm using eSun PLA+. It has text inset on the bottom, and I've played with all sorts of settings to get the text to come out nice,, but the background has defects in it. They look like under extrusion in a couple sma...
by gwhite
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion and Tips
Topic: Version 5 Announcement
Replies: 91
Views: 45373

Re: Version 5 Announcement

I agree 100% with Doug as well. The latest message from S3D was nice, in that it indicated that they were at least still a functioning company. However, it was also infuriating in the repeated lack of ANY concrete information. If the company has been busy helping with the pandemic, all they would ha...

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