Poor extrusion (Prusa i3 Plus 1.75 mm)
I'm using my Prusa i3 Plus 1.75 mm since April 2016.
In the last prints I have the (bad) results as in the image below. Even using good old successful .gcode files I observe what I suppose to be underextrusion. This is what I have already done:
- The problem also occurrs with a brand new nozzle;
- The problem also occurrs with a brand new vacuum sealed PLA filament;
- If I loosen the extruder idle screws, the filament slips over the hobbed pulley;
- If I tighten the extruder idle screws, the motor looses steps;
- The problem occurs printing PLA up to 245°C (I usually print at 215-220°C, heated bed at 60°C)
- I suspected a relation with the ambient low temperature, but the problem also occurs when printing at 20°C;
What I haven't done yet:
- to check whether the nozzle temperature is real. Unfortunately I have no tools to perform a local precise temperature measurement, I suppose that the only way is just to buy a heater cartridge and/or thermistor replacement.
- to check for wear of the hobbed pulley. Same as before, I should buy a new pulley to check.
Any ideas to solve such a frustrating issue?
Thank you in advance!
Thanks to Michael Kuznetsov (Prusa Technical Support) who suggested me to check the hotend PTFE tube!
It was almost completely occluded. I changed it as explained here.
I also took the opportunity to change/upgrade some other hot-end parts (heater block, heater cartridge and thermistor). Even if I found that there is some PIDs tuning to do, I tried to print the same file and now it works perfectly!