Cut to the chase: Heat bed gets to desired temp, click “Print” from the control menu and nothing happens. It all started out so good…
Unboxed and had my 12 y.o. go through the quickstart guide for first print with Cura installed from the thumbdrive. Had it on quickprint, HIPS, he typed in 240 and clicked “set” as instructed. Nowhere did it state what to do with the bed temp on this first temp so we left it and loved how fast and easy the print was.
Did a second print from Thingiverse of an easy Pokemon with same settings that looked great. Here is where the wheels fell off.
Had a few kids over and had them make their own action figures on Tinkerplay. Opened the .stl in Cura of 4 of the figures smaller pieces and did a quickprint without any trouble. But the print kinda sucked, like enough the ball of the ball/joints were disfigured. So I went for a high-quality print. No difference and the print was 3 hours instead of 1.
I realized it was probably time to open the hood, having come from an original Makerbot Replicator Dual. I opened the expert settings, looked it over and tried the print. It didn’t auto-level or clean the head. So I google, and learn I have to open a profile. I open the profile on the thumbdrive for HIPS regular print. It states 220 and 70 for temps (though the manual wants 220 and 100 for HIPS). I guess I enter it into the Control panel and click “set” though I also thought it was in the Gcode. So now it autolevels and cleans, starts a print. Still not great quality so I stop, noting now the pieces are really sticky/bendable on the plate as the heated bed is not cooling down.
I go for a different file with perhaps simpler pieces, load it and click print. Lulzbot mini now prints the old file again. There is nowhere I can see to tell what file is being sent to the printer from the software. I had highlighted the old pieces and clicked delete, and had not closed and opened the control panel. So the next time I clicked “clear bed” and reopened the control panel. Great! It’s the right piece. I note there are settings for Print all at once or print one at at time. It was on the latter, yet was printing all 4 pieces at the same time. I pick all at once. Now I use the HIPS profile, with 220/70. The control panel isn’t heating up. So I enter “240” and click “set” and it does so. Top of the control window states “operational”, I extrude a bit to ensure it is ready and click “Print”. Nothing happens. No echo messages in the right side window. I look at the gcode to start and it appears to all be there. I stop, reload the profile, reload the high-speed profile, the ABS profiles, uninstall Cura and reinstall from the provided thumbdrive all to no avail. Clicking “Print” once “Operational” in advanced mode or back in quickprint does nothing. I can have fun heating and cooling the bed I guess…
Here is the manual I’m following (which appears dated due to missing features in my software such as “lay flat”)
Appreciate the help.