Hello everyone! I’m running into an issue sometimes with my Taz 5; Every once in a while, for whatever reasons, my filament will stop extruding. I know when it happens what to check and how to fix the problem, but here’s what I’d like to do to help prevent a ruined print when I find out that my printer continues to move as if it is extruding but has moved onto higher layers and is air printing.
I would like to mod my Taz 5 with a filament movement detector, so when the extruder gears keep moving but filament is not, I can pause the print immediately to fix the problem and pick up where I left off and not waste precious time by having to start over.
There are several low filament sensor alerts out there, but that’s not so much of an issue for me as filament not moving.
Anyone have an idea, or know of a preexisting sensor setup that I could make myself?
I thought of a color sensor looking at a striped gear that would turn as the filament moves into the extruder, and when the stripes stop moving, the sensor prompts an alert of some kind to get my attention, or sends an M Code to the controller to pause the print in progress.
Is this possible? Maybe there is a simpler solution?