Thanks in advance for all any help you can offer.
I just got a Taz 5 printer and I have had nothing but problems and I was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction before I pack this back up in the box it came in.
I have two major issues I am running into.
The first is extrusion related. When I am attempting any print with fine details (the first one I ran into this on was the rocktopus, but so far I have had it with everything that has a narrow or thin vertical piece) the printer simply stops extruding once it gets past the thick parts. It still moves around like it is extruding, but nothing at all comes out. I tried pausing the print and hitting the extrude button and after a bit it does extrude, but it is half the amount I would expect. If I hit extrude again it is back to the normal amount.
My thought was that it was simply not extruding enough so I tried upping the flow, but it did not seem to help. Should I try upping it more or is there something else I should try here?
The second issue is the more serious one. My Z axis does not stay level, the right hand side seems to lower during printing. The first time I noticed this was when I tried to print my first thing other than the bed tests (a rocktopus that is where I first noticed the above issue). At about 95% done the printer made a sort of growling sound so I quickly hit stop on the print. When I was testing everything to see if it worked I was able to move it on the X and Y axis, but the Z would not move. I then noticed that the right hand side was a good 4mm or so lower than the left. After I got them lined back up the axis started moving so I figured it was just a one time thing. Now I have noticed that every time I use the printer by the time it messes up on the print (due to the first issue) it is again out of alignment. Every time the right hand side is lower than the left. So I correct it and start a new print and find the same issue 30 minutes later.
Any suggestions on these two issues, or is my printer just a lemon? I have only had it for a week now, but so far it has been nothing but frustration.