Ponoko RepRap Extruder Troubleshooting slipping filament
January 29, 2009 09:17PM
Has anyone out there built the Ponoko RepRap Extruder. I have just built one for myself following the directions here [reprap.org]

The motor works great. Its moving the gears and studding as needed. But the filament isn't moving. It seems that the filament is slipping on the studding. I'm not exactly sure how to solve this problem. I've tried adjusting the idle. But that doesn't help.

Any Solutions???

--sun2407
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Re: Ponoko RepRap Extruder Troubleshooting slipping filament
January 30, 2009 12:48AM
sounds like you haven't got enough compression on the springs


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Re: Ponoko RepRap Extruder Troubleshooting slipping filament
January 30, 2009 03:25AM
I've not direct experience of the Ponoko design but you probably need to sharpen the thread with a file also try running a hacksaw into the root of the thread this gives it more of a butres shape which also helps


Ian
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Re: Ponoko RepRap Extruder Troubleshooting slipping filament
February 09, 2009 06:24PM
If you have access to some taps (the kind for cutting threads), I found it was easier to make a new bolt from 8mm steel rod (I had some spare from the cartesian bot) Cheap tap sets especially leave a really sharp edge, which here is actually much better.
Re: Ponoko RepRap Extruder Troubleshooting slipping filament
September 04, 2009 01:54PM
The M5 screw that held in the filiment idler baring on my ponoko reprap had too big of a head, and even if I made the clamp very tight, the idler still wouldn't press on the filiment.

The solution was to file down the edge of the M5 screw head a millimeter or two.

Stronger springs will not help you if the screw doesn't let the baring go far enough.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/04/2009 01:55PM by dbenoy.
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