- Too low amperage on the axis movement (we'd done a lot of neat changes last time we used the printer extensively, but we'd only printed small things since that).
- Not enough lube (Yes Mr Heinneman, moar lube was needed)
- Extruder skipping
The first two where obvious from the print starting to slide sideways a few centimeters up. The first was after we fixed that, we printed a calibration object to make sure everything was going smoothly, and noticed the object wasn't printing cleanly. We had to take the extruder apart, clean it, lube it (yeah, yeah), and now it's all back and printing cleanly again.
So, here's my new desk caddy:-
The top of the base isn't as clean as I'd like, but that's slicing settings, not issues with the printer itself
If anyone wants the files the scad file is Here PencilHolder.scad, and the stl for the one I printed is Here PencilHolder.stl.
So, anyhow, after getting this all up and running, decided to try printing with HIPS, it's supposed to be similar to ABS, but have slightly different properties, and with what ABS does to me, I need something other than ABS that can withstand higher temps than PLA.
Here's the first two prints with HIPS:-
It's difficult to tell, but the one on the left is actually little more "open" on it's top surface, so I was extruding a little too much plastic, the one on the right looks like I call "perfect". So, I'm in the process of printing up a wades extruder set using this, to have as a backup, as our primary extruder is a gearbox driven system, that works well, but does glitch on us when we leave it sit too much