I'm wondering what the more experienced users here find as a must have upgrade for the Creator Pro and the Dreamer. I'm guessing most parts arwe swappable, as are the upgrades?
Things I have noticed. The stock fan plenum feeds to only one extruder and not so well either. The extruder assembly isn't mounted rigid at all. Is this on purpose? When I level it, and it's too low. The "build plate leveling sheet" lifts the assembly up easily instead of not letting me fit the sheet underneath the nozzle. The printer vibrates when printing, it either needs stabilizing feet or weight added to it to keep it rigid. But since I'm new to the Flashforge machines.... I'm sure this has all been figured out.
What are the most important things to upgrade on the machine to get a more reliable printer?
I've been having a weird extrusion problem with my Finder for a few months now, and I've only ever seen it reported in one place before (an Amazon review, and the user there talked with support and wound up returning the printer). I'm hoping someone here has ideas for how to fix it, because I'm stumped and I'm not really feeling having a $500 paperweight.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, but the majority of models fail when I print them. At multiple places along the Z axis, the walls will look like they're delaminating, and from the top down, it looks like the filament isn't sticking along whatever edge is there and just connects from a random point A to point B, creating (flimsy) straight lines across the infill.
The infill also fails dramatically in these areas, losing its shape and falling over, for lack of a better word.
Here are some photos to hopefully better describe what I'm talking about. The whitish print is the beefy shark model here on thingiverse, the black is a model I created in a sculptris-like program, and let Flashprint auto repair when I imported it.
Cracks (these are harder to get pictures of, usually by the time I get the model off the bed, it's fallen apart):
These prints usually turn into spaghetti and fail anyway, but the solid parts of them are incredibly brittle at the cracks, as you would expect, and fall apart.
I'm using multipte colors/types of filament (Black/Blue/White Hatchbox PLA, red flashforge brand PLA, a glow in the dark PLA I don't remember the brand of right now), and have played with temperature a little, ranging from 200 to 225, same issue occurs.
I have dismantled the extruder and examined the tubing within to make sure it hadn't melted and was causing clogs, but it looked clean and pretty much brand new.
This happens on all sorts of models, and I don't think it's all at the same heights, but I could be wrong. Most of the failures got broken apart or thrown out, and I didn't think to measure.
Some models don't have any issues, but others fail disastrously.
I've kept my drivers up to date and kept Flashprint up to date too, haven't had any improvements with newer versions.
Has anyone run into this and figured out a fix, or have any ideas for me?
I have uploaded a Z-Axis sensor arm mod for the FF Inventor I for glass bed modification. The other shims on Thingiverse don't work with this model. Details on the page.
When i print, it will create the first layer fine, then stop extruding completely. i have replaced the nozzle and tube, recalibrated z-axis and re-leveled everything. None of these has helped. Using PLA, also tried a new reel to make sure it wasn't the filament.
If i manually push the filament, it squirts out, so i don't think it's still blocked, but it's like the motor gives up pushing.
any more suggestions?
I was printing something and my printer just stopped and the LCD screen went black. The extruder kept extruding filament. I had to unplug it from the mains to stop it. The print was only going for 2 hours when this happened. I have added no add-ons to the printer. Could someone please help me?