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Anet A8 pause for filament change

Posted by smeek 
Anet A8 pause for filament change
April 12, 2018 08:10PM
Hello, I am using Simplify3d connected by USB for my prints. Also my A8 has stock firmware. I was referred to this code in the post process window to pause print to change filament color:
{REPLACE "; layer 37," "G91 \nG1 Z10 \nG90 \nG1 X0 Y200 \nM0 Click To Restart \nG91 \nG1Z-10 \nG90 \n; layer 37,"}

I works perfect except it doesn't pause. It raises Z, moves print head over, lowers Z, moves print head back and starts to print again at the correct height. I have googled for the correct G of M code to pause this printer but nothing has worked that I have tried. Anyone else been able to do this with a stock A8? Thanks!!
Re: Anet A8 pause for filament change
April 13, 2018 09:12AM
Here is what I have come up with so far. I have been running test prints with no filament using this in the post process window:

{REPLACE "; layer 3," "G91 \nG1 Z10 \nG90 \nG1 X0 Y200 \nM400 \nG4 P180000 \nG91 \nG1Z-10 \nG90 \n; layer 3,"}

This works.......sometimes. I determined by testing different M and G codes for pause that the buffer is causing issues. The G4 would work but always after the head moved over and came back to resume the print then it would pause for the dwell time after the buffer was clear. (Strangely only P dwell seems to work not S dwell).
M400 makes it pause where I want it to, gives me three minutes to do a manual filament change and then it resumes the print after the dwell time. Here is the funny part. Sometimes is resumes and completes the print, sometimes it resumes for a short time and then starts doing crazy things like moving over to the edge of the bed and then coming back. One time is seemed as though it completely started the print all over again by moving the head down to first layer height and running the start G-code. I know this cause it did a nozzle wipe which is only in the start G-code. This weekend I'm going to save my G-code to SD and edit the line above at the correct layer start and see what happens.
Re: Anet A8 pause for filament change
April 20, 2018 01:50PM
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