Hello all. I am completely new to my Taz and also completely new to 3d printing. I did a little research and decided on buying a Taz over an ultimaker 2 basically because of the build volume and quality. I think that once I get the hang of making good prints the larger build volume on the Taz will be more often what I need. My problem is that so far everything that I have printed has been extremely rough looking. I’m not exactly sure how to dial the Taz in yet and I have been getting horrible results. I’m sure it’s more user error than it is machine or software issue. I just need a little advice. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not 100% sure that I have leveled the bed correctly. I have tried about 4 different times and all have had the same result. I read the manual on leveling and it said to make sure that you had firm pressure on the paper that you use. The Lulzbot youtube channel has a video and there it says you should only have light pressure on the paper. I am confused to say the least. I also tried to use the bed leveling wizard that is included in Cura. That actually has you raise the platform until it touches the nozzle. I did get ok results with that method for one print, but I still wasn’t sure if that was the correct way to do it. Does the bed leveling wizard work? Is there anyway that you can be 100% sure that you have the bed leveled to the correct height? Also, I’ll attach some pics and maybe you guys can spot other problems with what I am doing wrong. Thanks for your help in advance. I look forward to making some great prints with this thing when I get it dialed in. Hopefully I can share some nice things with you guys in the future.
I forgot to mention above what my settings are.
I’m using Lulzbot HIPS filament with the downloaded profiles from the Lulzbot site. The roctopus and the open hardware keychain were printed with no changes to the fine setting. The bull I actually slowed the print speed down to 40mm/s. I read that even if I use the quickprint settings in Cura, they are the same as the ones you download from the site. So I’m not sure what parameters I need to change to get better prints. The octopus that they printed on the machine before it was sent to me, turned out beautifully. It’s very smooth and even looking. I know they used abs but I’m sure I should be able to get the same results with HIPS.