- 3D Printing Failures - How to diagnose and Repair All Desktop 3D Printing Issues
- Creality Ender 3 Pro
- BL Touch
- Marlin Firmware
- VS Code
- Raspbery Pi 4
- Heatsink case
- Pi Camera
- Pi Camera Bracket
- PLA - Polymaker PolyMax
- AutoDesk Fusion 360 Personal License (3D modeller)
- Utilimaker Cura (Slicer)
I firstly bought the Ender 3 Pro and assembled it with my 12 year old son. We had great fun doing that - took our time, about 2 hours. Successfully started printing with an inexpensive PLA from Amazon. Created a few models, everything worked really well. I followed the sage advice of my friend: keep your PLA dry! Then for one reason or another, a month passed before I went to print again and I realised I had left the PLA out, on the printer.
You might think - Is it raining in your house? How dry does it need to be? PLA is extremely thirsty, and will extract all moisture out of the air, which when heated to 200°C turns to super-heated steam, which disrupts the print and potentially damagers the heater itself.
This is exactly what happened. And then started the journey back to printing success...