Hey guys, I too am having a problem with my smoothieboard and it having random “freezes while printing” but it is not quite a freeze and not quite random. I’m going to breakdown what I see and hear and the solutions I have tried so far.
Smoothieboard X4c order spring 2015.
Kossel Mini Delta Printer
Printing via octoprint
Simplify3D and Cura as slicers
Note: I have been using the same gcode file for the entire process
Printer was running fine until a month ago, when the thermistor broke during removing ABS that had stuck to the hotend. I turned off the system and it has been sitting off for a couple of weeks now. Finally got around to replacing the thermistor, and turned the printer back on to calibrate, etc. Updated the smoothieware to the most recent version. (Edge branch on 4/24/2016). It worked fine. It even prints fine if the print is under 1 hour in duration. (I have not tried consecutive one hour prints yet, I.E. print one thing, take if off the bed, then immediately print another thing). However after approximate 1 hour of printing, the 3D printer stops all x,y,z,e actions, and produces a high pitch whine from the stepper motors, with the loudest hum coming from the extruder’s stepper motor. The heated bed and hot block do maintain temperature control, (I have a current meter set up to monitor how much power is drawn from the power supply, and it is fluctuating in time to the LEDs by the power mosfets running the hotend and heated bed). All the LEDs are solid except for LED3, which is blinking.
- Rolled back smoothie. I have run the printer on the version I had running before and the current master branch. It still experiences the “freeze” after one hour of printing
- Adjusted motor’s currents, tried reducing it to .75A then increasing it to 1.5A, did not seem to have an effect.
3)Printed from SD card instead of octoprint, still “froze” after ~1 hour.
3)Disconnected extruder’s stepper motor from smoothieboard. Still “froze” after approximately an hour of printing, but the loudest high pitch wine did go away.
4)Actively cooled smoothieboard, I placed a desktop fan blowing directly on the smoothieboard to try keep it cool, in-case the shutdown was caused by a thermal overload on some of the ICs, The print still froze (and while I did not write down the exact start and stop time, it was still within that approximately 1 hour window).
5)Checked gcode file for F0 or other funky movement commands, I did not see any.
Next attempt at solution:
- Print something else already on the octoprint server that printed successfully before
2)Disconnect all stepper motors and see if it still freezes
Anyone have any ideas or some solution I skipped? I’m starting to pull my hair out here.
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