Filament Oiler/Filter

@Jason_Mullins: If you’re having trouble with it extruding properly, you may want to try increasing the temperature some. Not sure it would work, but if you’re noticing the problem this quickly, it’s worth a try.

Speaking of changing temperature: Anyone else notice that the first layer temp is only ever 5 degrees higher than the print temp? Even if I set the “advanced” setting to 230, if my print temp is set to say 200, the first layer will only print at 205. I would love to give it a little more heat on the first layer, but I can’t seem to figure out how to make it work. Thoughts?

Details like that are in the slicing manuals like http://manual.slic3r.org/ and https://ultimaker.com/en/manuals/software/cura-15-04 You’ll gain experience and familiarity over time, just keep plugging away at it.

For what details and settings to change based on your prints, check out some of the guides I’ve posted here: http://makerhive.proboards.com/thread/780/nice-guide-print-troubleshooting

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I’ve been looking at trying to modify this model to work in the top area of the Flux. I think it’s a really great design with a built-in filter/oiler and would work really well. I just currently have no idea how to use the software well enough to make what I want to make.

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That’s an impressive bit of construction. How would you modify it to fit the top area? Is your objective to enable larger spools to be fed from the top? It would appear that one could create a clip-on/clip-in cylinder to attach to the bottom of this feeder keeping it centered in the Flux Delta payload bay.

What software are you wishing to use? Flux Studio does not edit or create models, unless there’s something hidden from me.

Do you have a preferred modeling program?

My first thought is to just extend the 3 legs outwards so that they stretch across the large gap in the top. I am not sure if a spool would fit on top properly then, or if the vertical height of the casing would get in the way. If that’s a problem, I would then make the base both wider and taller.

I don’t really like the idea of having something clip on. I would rather have it all self-contained in the top.

I’m still new to the modeling world and have been trying a few different pieces of software. Here’s a post I did looking for some recommendations - 3D Modeling Software

I was kind of hoping that @Jimustanguitar might have some ideas on making this work :wink:

A one kg spool is larger diameter than the recess and would not fit inside. The lid/cover also prevents a larger spool from being centered in the recess. It’s not surprising but still unfortunate that the original creator did not provide the source files for his model. It would make modifications that much easier.

You could use OpenSCAD and import the STL file then create additional bracing/brackets as you like, or use another modeling program to create bracing/brackets that fit/mesh/match with the original design.

The wheeled carriage aspect of the thingiverse model is pretty slick. A bit of lubricant on the wheels and “filament axles” would give extended life, although it’s not like the axles as assembled are particularly expensive.

The lid comes off effortlessly. In the right position it lifts up and away.

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Kind of like one of these? http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:959372 Just customized for the FLUX instead?

I’ve been debating whether to do something vertical, horizontal, or diagonal which is pretty interesting

One thing I like about the one I posted is that it seems like it will work with TONS of different types of spools. I think that the horizontal looks a lot cleaner with the Flux, rather than having something sticking out of the top.

Here’s another one to oogle. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:495821
This one might win the simplicity award. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:784199

The entries from the Filament challenge are worth browsing. http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/FilamentChallenge

I actually currently use the PHIL system, and it works pretty well, although the wheels don’t work super great. They are usually quite angled. I may try re-printing it.

I do personally prefer things that can be fully 3D Printed, but maybe I’m weird with that.

personally, i am looking forward to ( My own Delta design) Jim’s Rostock design.

Vertical on top of the flux would, personally, be an easier feed for the Flux. Only way to find out is to start building…im too new to figure it out (just yet) but I know Jim has the answers :slightly_smiling:

I made a big mistake when I created my spool holder by not looking at others’ creations. The ones using bearings are certainly well made for reducing spool friction. I have a three hour print nearly done and have heard the filament non-feed clunk only four times, but now I realize I should have investigated. It could have been a sticking spool on my holder.

I like the simplicity model, 784199 for the minimal parts list and the spring loaded spool “clamp,” but also would prefer to have fewer non-3d printed parts. Kinda tough when bearings are involved, of course. That particular model needs a means to encase full spools as the filament wants to unwind from a full or near full spool when placed horizontally.

Plumber’s Pipes. Cheap. Strong.

May you take a picture of your PHIL arrangement currently? I also printed Phil, but the wheels works not very well and the spool turn very unsmooth. Thats the reason why i would try the universal horizontal holder which you proposed

I’ll be honest, it doesn’t work great for me either. I do spray some lubricant/WD-40 in there, and I think that helps some.

I managed to get some pics for you if you still were wondering.

I was playing with it, and the spool came out of the wheel track:

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My clicking noises are also back and it isn’t an alignment issue anymore (fixed this with Jim). An Oiler/Filter is also installed and WD-40 takes also no effect to prevent clicking.

I ordered a new pulley (MK8) which will arrive hopefully tomorrow or at least saturday. Hope this fits and works fine, i’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime you can check-out this interesting article about pulleys and the MK8:
http://airtripper.com/1676/3d-printer-extruder-filament-drive-gear-review-benchmark/

Same here installed a filement oiler filter and it seems a bit better for a while but the noise came back adding some new WD40 on it did not help either.
The clicking noise never went totally away actually :frowning:

Something I noticed is seems to “click” more the more plastic it needs to feed… it is less bad on 0.1 than on 0.2 layer height.