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Very minor step skipping

Posted by Lazerlord 
Very minor step skipping
January 08, 2017 07:26PM
Yup, it's step skipping. Right off the bat I'll tell you that (it seems like) printing faster (80mm/s print and 250 travel) or slower (20mm/s print and 150 travel) doesn't change things very much. It's more or less 0.3mm of skipping, and it's on the X-axis. The motor is warm (35-40C?) and the A4988 stepper driver's heatsink is cool with the fan I have blowing on the electronics. I can't think of anything specific that would be causing these issues, but they seem to occur very infrequently and it hasn't caused a print to fail yet. So far it's only affected the looks of figures I've printed, but I fear that for large prints it could cause things to not fit together. If you've had this kind of issue, what caused it?

Applicable machine information:
Folger Tech FT-5 kit
MKS Gen 1.4 Controller
A4988 Stepper Driver
Single NEMA 17 5.0kg/cm Stepper Motor for x-axis
Linear Rail for movement
Re: Very minor step skipping
January 09, 2017 02:56AM
A picture would help us diagnose the issue smiling smiley
Re: Very minor step skipping
January 10, 2017 07:57PM
oops, sorry I took so long. I almost forgot. here it is. This was with some bronze-filled (maybe) filament at low speed and 0.1mm layer height. There was a lot of ooze on this one, so the surface finish on certain areas is pretty bad, but the skipping is still visible.
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