Working on a 3D printing machine is always going to be an amazing experience. This may be the only machine in the world today that is capable of transforming whatever thoughts you have into something tangible and usable. Fortunately, it is one of the many technologies in the printing industry that is bound to remain with us, here to say.
Much like everything else, in the world of technology, there are still aspects of this technology that can be considered as still a work in progress. Every one of us should be in for a bumpy ride ahead.
The 3D printing method is still not perfect, like all other technologies we have, there are still a few more glitches that we need to work on first. There will be instances that you will come across a problem that will necessitate you to troubleshoot first, otherwise, you will not get the high-quality prints that you are looking forward to seeing.
Outlined below are some of the most complained about problems that may arise in the use of 3D printing. They are followed by the recommended steps
PROBLEM: There is no extrusion
What can be more infuriating than to input your preferred slicer settings and hitting the key for print only option, only to find out that the machine is not budging and nothing in the 3D printer nozzle is coming out? Or perhaps, while the 3D printing machine is working in progress, your device’s nozzle suddenly stopped extruding filament for no apparent reason
The possible reasons here include:
The 3D printer has just run out of filament: This usually happens when the filament pool is empty.
Inappropriate nozzle distance: The print bed and the printer’s nozzle are in very close proximity to each other.
Blocked Nozzle: A foreign material is blocking your extruding end, which signifies that no filament will come through it.
Solution 1: Check Filament Reel
Inspect the filament reel first of your 3D printer. If there is none anymore, you should refill with a new spool and after which you are good to go.
Solution 2: Z-Axis Offset
A nozzle that is too close to the print bed will not extrude any filament. If remained unattended to, your nozzle can get blocked. So, before doing anything else, ensure that they are having the right distance from each other.
Solution 3: Blocked Nozzle
If after the two previous steps your 3D printer is still not budging anything, refilled the filament reel and you have offset the Z-axis — still nothing, then take that as a clue that something may be blocking your nozzle.
But, no worries, you can dislodge those blockade using the following steps.
You can dislodge the plastic filaments that are blocking your nozzle by just heating it up. Do so by making some adjustments to the heat settings of your nozzle. Then, make use of a dental pick so as to help in clearing the nozzle hole. This way you should be able to get your printer extruding once again.
If the recommended troubleshooting step above did not resolve your problem, you will need to dismantle the nozzle already. By doing so you will be able to remove any obstructing piece that is lodged in there. Therefore, you need to manually take out the feeding tube then open up the nozzle. After which, you will need to scrape out whatever foreign matter there is. You can make use of a dental pick or anything similar for this purpose.