Anyone get smoother prints with zero to little retraction?
I've not used my mini in a while due to issues however determined to get it working. I'm back to an issue I had a while ago (see photo) and while it did seem to go away for a while and was alot better with prusament , its come back even with prusament. Even so, only using prusament not really an option.
Long story short, this issue keeps coming back, it happened with a stock mini and also with the mini as it is now with bondtech heatbreak/extruder.
Its not the filament, the hotend had been asssebled and disassembled a thousand times, new ptfe, pushed up etc. The brass fittings finger tight.Its not z seam (thats aligned). The filament path is clear, no bits in the extruder and I've tried multiple temps, flow rates and speeds.
The only way I get a smooth surface is if I reduce retraction significantly, or if I turn it off completely. Any one else experience this?
While it maybe a solution to the problem below I then get strings all over the shop and I can't seem to find the right balance, its either smooth outer surface and strings, or no strings and a print like the below.
To me, its got to be an issue with the hotend or PTFE tubing, not sure what else I can do about it though, thoughts?
Also post your STL, I will test it out
If you are printing through Octoprint, try it straight from a USB drive. I've seen this sometimes on round or organic shapes with Octoprint.
@malcmcm well since I'm disabling retraction the negative restart distance wont apply. I could try lowering retraction then using a negative restart distance however to me thats not addressing the main issue, which I think is hardware related. Above its the middle bit of Darth Vaders light saber, however I get the same on the circular objects and also the non circular parts also. I've designed my own light up stand, I just need this light saber to put on it but the mini's not having it.
@stevensmith Its direct from USB, I've not hooked Octoprint yet on purpose, not unti I get to the bottom of this issue.
There is one thing I want to try, print in PETG just to see what its like. I dont have any left so ordering from prusa.
Just an update, I have started to get better prints with a retraction of 2, and really low temps for some of my PLAs, I’m taking 185c whereas on my other printers I do 200-210. Even prusament seems better for me around the 195-205 range.
I still find it odd it’s like this. I’m unable to test anymore as another issue has cropped up again, my z offset keeps changing so screwing up my first layer, been fine for months as long as I do a preheat to heat up the minda but now for some reason it’s decided to give up on me, this printer just keeps on giving 😞
I can confirm I have been seeing better settings around 2 for retraction. Testing lower than norm temps now.
Regarding z offset, preheating solved the floating issue for me, sounds like you need a replacement minda.