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Strange inconsistency between consecutive prints  

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Strange inconsistency between consecutive prints

Designed myself a bench dog. And printed it 4 times. With different results each time. Each print has some artifacts, like gaps, black parts and some bumps and spills of extra filament. But the strangest thing is that many prints have a nice and smooth surface, but particular one has clearly some lines every 6 mm in height. When I look closely it looks like a ribbon. On another part of the same print it looks like the horizon plane shifted a little bit.  What could be the explanation? Does the stepper motor skips one step, and therefore print a little bit sideways? I have used a 0,4 mm E3D V6 Nozzle-X (hardened steel) and PETG with 100% infill for strength and printed the bench dog upside down as a cylinder with building supports, which I have removed. I have also tried printing it laying on its side, which should make it even stronger, but that resulted not in a perfect circle but more of an oval shape. So finally I decided to print them just vertically upside down. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

All 4 prints in a row

All 4 prints

Print with smooth surface


Print ribboned surface withe the shifted horizon plane at the left side


Print ribboned surface withe the shifted horizon plane at the right side


Posted : 06/08/2022 11:57 pm
RE: Strange inconsistency between consecutive prints

It could be an extrusion issue.  It is happening at a different location so it is either the filament or mechanical. 

Chuck H
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Posted : 07/08/2022 3:04 pm
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RE: Strange inconsistency between consecutive prints

Thanks for your advise. In the end I just discovered that the nozzle was loose, and filament was leaking out. I replaced the heater-block and heatbreak, and cleaned the

nozzle with a heat gun and put it all back together

Old heaterblock


New heaterblock

Posted : 14/08/2022 3:00 pm
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