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December 02, 2016

Well I had to open my big mouth...

In my last post of only a few hours ago, I mentioned that things were going rather well in my 3D printing world. I then went and changed the print spool, leveled the bed, cleaned the build platform, set a print off, watched the first couple layers go down and left it alone for the evening... Now, failed prints have been exceedingly rare and my Ultimaker 2+ has been remarkably reliable over the last three and a half years that I have had the machine (Even before the 'plus' upgrade) so I think nothing of setting off a 12 hour print and leaving it alone to do its thing.

I woke up in the night and thought I'd check how the print had gone. Imagine my surprise to find an empty build plate. Everyone else was asleep, the dogs aren't yet able to master removing a print and cleaning the build plate... Oh, there some of the print was on the floor... Hmm... where was the rest of the plastic... Oops...


The first time this happened, extreme panic set in, followed by a 6 hour stripdown of the hot-end and 2 quite severe burns before the printer worked reliably again. This time, only mild panic set in, and it only took 2 hours and 1 moderate burn to fix things back up. Definite progress.

There's your problem right there buddy...


The moral of the story... Always check your work. Measure twice, cut once and all that... I had been a dumbass and configured the printer for the wrong plastic. It could have been so much worse.