Anyone got broken filament on a regular basis? This time, it broke in two places apparently at the same time. (First time was with the original filament shipped with Ares - Sign in - Google Accounts).
Then, when @Ivan_Hoe asked for a picture of the sensor adjustment screw, I checked back as I remember picturing the top of effector. Indeed, the first picture in this one shows the screw on the left of the broken end. Talk about timing.
Originally shared by Yuan LIU
I have not run Ares 3D printer for quite some time. By this, I may have committed a cardinal sin of 3D printing.
When I finally tried something last night, the head kept pressing the bed really hard, so hard it scratched the blue tapes again and again, coming back in what seemed to be the next layer, and the next, and the next. When I tried to perform simple extrusion, a repetitive low “pa-pa-pa” sound came while the frame jiggled lightly, together with the feeder gears’ screeching. If I manually push the filament down while lifting the feeder’s lever, the filament resisted any advancement. Nothing came out from the hot end even though it was really hot. But If I extract, or manually pull, filament moved. I kind of recognized these as symptoms of a broken filament from my previous mishap. (Sign in - Google Accounts)
I yanked the filament, and found a broken end rather high. So I unscrewed the top of the catheter, and yanked the remaining section from it. (Surprisingly, the lower end did not look like it had been melt. But this did not caught my inexperienced attention.) I reassembled the catheter and pushed down filament. But still, the same sound, same problems. I was able to easily yank the filament out. Something must be stopping the good filament from entering the extruder. What could it be? It was late into night. Time to panic.
Finally I remembered that the lower end of the catheter could be screwed off. There was no heat in the metal screws. Once open, I saw another broken end inside the effector. Using a tweezer, it did not require too much effort to remove. (The first picture shows the broken end half yanked up. The full stretch is in the second picture, revealing the melted tip.) Phew - again. It is not time to worry yet, like Atticus Finch used to say.
Both times when the filaments broke - they were of two makes, they had been sitting idle for over a month. Can idleness weaken a PLA bone like it does calcium (human) bones?