I have been trying to print PLA Flex, and I am getting bit of trouble.
I tried a number of things so far in cura:
speed down to 15mm/s
temp 225 deg
cook the filament for 6h at 50 deg celcius
increase flow to 120%
left flow to 100%
layer set to 0.1mm
the first layer is pretty good
However then the result is not great, it is not smooth.
The most effective improvement was increasing the flow.
At 100%, the filament lines are broken in small blobs. Usually that typically because of moisture.
Calibration wise, I used the same one as for PLA which works great + 0.05mm
Any else I could try to get as good results as with PLA ….with normal PLA, I get outstanding results…
@gpt1plon I’ve never used PLA Flex before, and really hadn’t heard about it until now, so I had to do some research to make sure that my first thoughts were correct. If you look very closely, you’ll see shinny melted areas that have no form. That typically means that the temperature is too high, which matches what I’ve found. That also explains the holes and missing patches, as the temperature is at a level where it is beginning to coagulate.
Try 215°C and see how it turns out. If that’s no good enough, try dropping the temperature by 5°C for each subsequent test until you find a good temperature to print at. Alternatively, you could print a temperature tower, and/or follow the directions at Temperature Tuning. I couldn’t find any references to its hygroscopy, and I don’t really see any steam explosions, so I don’t know if it is something that you need to dry before using.
Snapmaker filament is unreliable in quality. Some people have had no problems with it; others have gotten spools that are practically unusable. Snapmaker sources their filament from third parties rather than manufacturing it themselves, and not all of their sources have good QA. However, there have been fewer complaints about the newer spools (the legendary bad ones were mostly shipped out with the Kickstarter rewards), so you may get lucky.
You should try changing hotends. There’s a spare in the toolkit. When you pull that one out make sure the thermistor is at the bottom of the well. It looks like it’s not accurately measuring temperatures and is wayyyyyy too hot.
Material would not auto load, (bunched up in the module) I had to work it through the hot end by hand or light/moderate pressure on the cover mechanism. I can only imagine softer materials would be more difficult to load!
Pull through with an enclosure was like a bungee cord Could do with smoother system. I guess that’s up to us?
Artefacts in the print I can narrow down to infill speed at times inside the walls was to fast so I’m going to print another with infill maxed to 25mm/s as opposed to 50mm/s
Surfaces are smooth and no delamination feels strong.
Only adjustments to my above baseline will be slow the infill and slight drop in cooling fan
And after all that I just realised my material is actually TPU and not PLA based which is what it was marketed to me as…
I do hope there is a little bit of use in my ramblings