Have you ever had an issue with filament dust on the metal extruder?
I printed something with silk filament and where the filament fed into the bowden tube, past the extruder gear, some how the filament was getting, I guess the best way to describe it, is “shaved”.
After some research I figured out that the main issue was I wasn’t using a high enough temp for the nozzle (this silk filament needs a higher temp) and there was a pretty major clogging problem. After I got it all cleaned out I put some different filament in and I noticed that where there had been shavings, now there is a fine, filament dust. Is this normal? (Yesterday was the first time using the metal extruder.)
@lisaviolet what temp are you printing at? I’ll get a little dust, but not much. It’s usually if you are printing too cold. You can also hear the extruder skipping if it’s so cold it can’t push it out.
@RiotDemon I usually print at 200°. I guess that wasn’t hot enough for the silk filament, but it works fine for regular, at least I’ve never had a problem with it before.
This is from a piece of the Silk PLA filament. You can see the marks from the gear pressed into the filament, as well as the little piece that was shaved.
I’m redoing the piece in plain black PLA filament at 200°, it’s been going for over ten minutes with no dust at this point (I also have two guides, one at the top and one next to the entrance to the extruder).
Last night I was getting a little black dust in the circled area, but not this morning.
I was just wondering if you’d ever encountered this.
Not printer specific, but this was probably my favourite project downloaded from Thingiverse. It’s a silly little scarab beetle box. It’s got several components which come together into a fun little gewgaw.
This pic is jacked from the maker page on Thingiverse, not the box I actually printed:
@transplant definitely suggest watching the build video while building. I used fat dragon’s, but the chep one is probably updated a little bit for the newer Enders. I did not use the instructions they sent except to look and make sure nothing major changed. They have changed some minor things, even my machine from last year was slightly updated from the fat Dragon, but the build was mostly the same.
I suggest subscribing to their channels, because they do have a lot of information to help you get started.
@RiotDemon@transplant seconding the fat dragon video. Used it when building my Ender 3 Pro a few weeks ago. There are def some differences between that vid and the pro, but they were minor enough and it still really helped in doing the first tuning and setup.
Makeup organizers. I did the small one first and decided it was way too small. The bigger one took up the entire width of my bed and took more than a day to print. This was the most annoying print because it had what sounded like a million retractions. I don’t have a silent board upgrade and at the time my printer was in my living room, lol.