Yea ill admit, i have made things really confusing even for myself. I am still new to all of this and have been confused about what exactly to do. So im going to take a step back and start from the beginning as if i just unpacked this printer. The only thing im confused about is how to change the steps per mm as from what I keep seeing, it looks confusing. Its probably just me.dkightley wrote: ↑Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:38 pmI've been following this thread and I'm totally confused.
You start by using one of the almost impossible to print test pieces that is designed for very fine tuning of the extruder settings. I wrongly assumed you were 100% happy with the basic extruder settings....and that you were wanting to fine tune things.
You then start winding temperatures up and down to compensate for the points getting smaller and smaller...to a point where a relatively simple print fails probably because the plastic seems to be not hot enough.
Now, you reveal that you haven't even got your basic extruder settings correct! You're doing things...as far as I can see. in reverse order!
It seems that you may not have the extruder steps per mm for at least one of the axes......something that should be the very first thing to check and get set up right. You've identified the z steps are wrong. You really ought to check the x and y steps as well....and then get all three set correctly.
Then you need to get your initial extrusion multiplier set by printing a test cube and checking that 20mm x 20mm is actually 20mm x 20mm! Once you get that far....then you can start looking at the surface finish..
And as Horst has suggested.....forget about buying an infrared thermometer just to measure the temperature filament comes out the extruder. The temperature your printer prints best at is the temperature it prints best at....not 200, or 210, or 220,,or any value the printer indicates! Once you get the basics right, you'll be able to do a few test prints with different temperature "settings" to find out what indicated temperature is right for you.
I was actually following a tutorial similar to this. My only issue was that i was unable to get the current steps per mm. Sending M503 returns nothing except for an "ok". Some people say it is due to a locked Eeprom. Would you know how I would go about getting the current steps per mm, or if there is a way to get the m503 working?youngObi-Wan wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:15 amThis should help with re-calculating steps/mm Link! Depending on firmware you might be able to simply send a g-code to update the stepping values with an M92 command. Though with a name like X-Smart you'd think the LCD would have controls for the stepping values.
gchaconxiix wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:41 pmAll I have on this printer is a "fancy" LCD touchscreen that gives me no options besides manually moving the X Y and Z positions, and to level the bed. Otherwise it seems completely useless other than selecting a file from usb to print. It is similar (Probably the same) to the Qidi Tech X-pro.
I have contacted them, now awaiting a response. Thank you again!youngObi-Wan wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:03 pmgchaconxiix wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:41 pmAll I have on this printer is a "fancy" LCD touchscreen that gives me no options besides manually moving the X Y and Z positions, and to level the bed. Otherwise it seems completely useless other than selecting a file from usb to print. It is similar (Probably the same) to the Qidi Tech X-pro.
Glad I can be of some help. I'm not familiar with the firmware on that machine, so I might say ask the manufacturer if there is a way to check/set the steps through G-Code commands. The X-Pro I've used has an email address accessible in the LCD menu for aftersales support for the machine. Try getting ahold of them there.