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Lindsey
(@lindsey)
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Changing Filament

Do I need to recalibrate my z-axis every time I add new filament?

I was printing along just fine with the gray that came with the machine, have completed several successful prints.  Last night I switched to orange, and it is not adhering properly and is curling up along the edges of the first layer.  I read that this could be due to the PLA cooling too quickly, so I upped my bed temp to 65 but I'm still seeing the same issue.  Another forum I read said that it happened to them when the nozzle was too close, but it wasn't too close when it just completed a successful print 5 minutes before.  Is it because of the filament difference?  They are both 1.75mm but IDK if the new one is a cheaper / lower quality product and that's causing the issues or what.  There's no reason for the bed to have become unlevel and it's happening across the whole surface.  What do I need to do?

Posted : 24/10/2021 12:32 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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Posted by: @lindsey

Do I need to recalibrate my z-axis every time I add new filament?

Yes.  You need at least to check it.  Different filaments often can require a slight tweak.  

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 26/10/2021 9:58 am
Lindsey
(@lindsey)
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Topic starter answered:
Fixed!

Thanks.  I adjusted it very slightly but was still having the same issues.  I figured out with this filament I had to really slow down the first layer print, then it was fine.  I'm new to all of this so troubleshooting is something I'm still figuring out.

Posted : 26/10/2021 10:21 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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basics

Good news.  Just remember each filament is different.  Start with the basics: clean bed and the right z.  It never hurts to slow the print down too.  

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 27/10/2021 1:13 am
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