New to the community, picked up a Taz 6 and looking to get moving
Going to be using the printer for R&D work and some fun side projects.
I purchased the PrintedSolid enclosure, as I intend to print in ABS and Ploycarb too.
Running Cura-Lulzbot on a Macbook Pro and printing from USB so far.
I printed my Rocktopus out of the box, using the sample nGEN filament, zero issues.
I then switched to my roll of PolyLite PLA (black) and began the print for the Printedsolid enclosure brackets (4).
Running a 20% infill, 4 layers of shell, mostly pre-set settings, etc. as recommended by PrintedSolid and Polylite.
I started the print and it began chugging along smoothly.
Estimated print time was 11 hours, so I left the printer running and checked back periodically.
I went to bed, the print was about 50% completed. It was set to be done at 5am so I set an alarm to wake up when the print was complete so I could remove it from the bed and shut down the printer.
When I woke up, the print was 10hrs into the print, around 90% completed, and the printer head was in printing position but stopped. The nozzle and bed were still at operating temp and the fans were running too.
The printer said “printing” as if it was still going, and didn’t seem frozen (the display was still active and the readouts were refreshing normally), but the print head was not moving.
When I checked my computer, the Cura software was closed… as if it had quit by itself, but no warnings of software crash.
I don’t think the printer froze, I think the Cura software closed itself and the print paused cause no more information was feeding to the printer… I re-opened Cura and the software had forgotten the previous print had started so all was lost… I re-connected to the printer, moved the print head, cooled the machine and shut it off.
My question is, is this a common risk of printing from USB?
Am I safer to move my g-code to an SD card for printing, for reliability sake?
Kinda bummed I’m going to have to start the print over again, but it’s a learning process!
Any feedback would be appreciated!