I own my Cetus MK2 for round about 3 years now. It already has the V1 extruder installed.
A few weeks ago my extruder started badly skipping steps while printing PLA. At first i thought it was a clogged nozzle. Tries to clean it failed with the same result. I have already had pushed about 3 rolls through its tiny .4 mm hole, so this can happen.
It was my last nozzle so i decided to order the new V2 barrel and give that wear resistant nozzle a try.
The new nozzle arrived but at its first feed the extruder started skipping again while pushing out just a little bit of filament. There is no silicone sock on this nozzle, maybe raising the temperature will help.
I started a test print and while the nozzle was laying down some first fat raft lines, I was happy that my printer was back in business again.
But I’ve been pleased too early and right at the moment as the printer started with the thin raft lines, the extruder started skipping again.
Another temperature rise later the printer finished printing the raft and then started skipping at the first bottom layer.
I thought this was a really strange behavier, because the nozzle is hot enought to get the high flow part of the print done but not the low flow sections?!?
However after a few more tries of raising the temperature and test-printing, this was my best result and in the end my nozzle got too hot, melted the filament right in top of the barrel and clogged.
Luckily the new barrel is really easy to unclog.
Things i have checked so far:
- filament path is clear and has almost no friction
- cleaning the whole extruder
- gear and bearing seem fine
- filament path through extruder is straight, everything is aligned
Could it be that I have electrical issues with my cable or the Mainboard, would this make sense in my case? And when so, how can I reliably measure it?
I’m pleased about every help I can get to isolate and fix my problem.