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3D Printer Filament Is Stuck

Filament can swell inside the extruder and get stuck.
If you cannot unload filament from one of the extruders, do the following:
1. On the LCD panel, navigate to Utilities > Change Filament > Unload. This option heats the extruders.

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  • Jul 18, 2018 2:13:58 PM

How to 3D Print With The Most Quality Guid

No More Warps and Cracks

Are your prints curling off the build plate?
This can happen during printing when the air around your print is too cool.
Thermal expansion means that warmer layers closer to the extruder are shrinking, causing strain on the cooler layers below.
The shrinking layers pull at the stable layers, warping the object.
If the bond between two layers isn’t strong, the strain of the warping layers can actually cause cracks in the sides of your objects.

Warping occurs more often with ABS than with PLA because ABS expands more when it’s heated. 


For either type of plastic, warping can be reduced by warming up the area around your object.

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  • Jul 18, 2018 12:42:50 PM
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  • Jul 18, 2018 12:25:10 PM

3D Printer Filament Not Loading

If you are having problems loading filament into one of the extruders, perform the following steps:
1. Using the LCD panel, navigate to Utilities > Filament Options > Unload. This option heats the extruders.
2. Make a fresh cut at the end of the filament. It is important that the filament have no bends in it. If there are bends, cut off the bent section of filament.
3. Insert the filament into the hole at the top of the extruder. Keep pushing it in until you start to see plastic come out of the nozzle.
You might have to apply some pressure.
4. When the filament is successfully loaded, set the extruder lever arm to the closed position.

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  • Jul 18, 2018 12:04:43 PM

3D Printer Replicator Shakes

Your MakerBot Replicator will shake during printing if you print at high speeds with acceleration turned off.
Attempting to print at high speeds with acceleration turned off can harm your MakerBot Replicator.
To check and change the Acceleration setting, go to the LCD menu on your Replicator MakerBot 2X and navigate to Info and Settings > General Settings > Accelerate.
You can turn acceleration off and on. Acceleration is turned on by default. If you have acceleration turned off, you should not print at speeds above 40 mm/s.

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  • Jul 18, 2018 12:01:41 PM

3D Printer Extrusion Stops

There are a few problems that can cause your MakerBot Replicator to stop extruding. Use this checklist to determine the cause and appropriate solution.

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  • Jul 18, 2018 11:59:17 AM

3D Printed Objects Are Difficult to Remove from the Build Plate

If printed objects are difficult to remove from the build plate, try these solutions:
• Wait for the build plate to cool down. Objects will detach more easily when both the plastic and the plate are cool.

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  • Jul 18, 2018 11:53:14 AM

3D Printed Objects Do Not Stick to the Build Plate

If printed objects are not sticking to the build plate, try these solutions:

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  • Jul 18, 2018 11:42:21 AM