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Friday, November 22, 2013

Printing again. Again.

This will mark the 3rd time I've had to replace the ceramic tape on my extruder heads, and it was just as painful as the first two times. But hopefully this time it'll be the last. Because this time I've used high temp tape.
My theory is that the reason my tape keeps failing is because when a print fails the plastic touches the kapton tape and ABS plastic loves kapton tape which wrecks things. However now I'm concerned that the tape is going to transfer too much heat to the print. But initial prints are working, so we'll see how this metal tape works over time.
Had a bit of a scare while doing the repair. The washer that holds the thermocouple in place fell of. I always thought they were attached but checking the assembly PDF turns out they weren't. Good to know. So I've finally got my outstanding Etsy orders out the door before vacation. Huzzah!

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