Prusa i3 MK3S + MMU2S
Prusa equipped with MMU printing 1DVS BSTD
Due to the loading and unloading process being very sensitive, the following materials ARE PROHIBITED:
- Flexible Filament
- Glow in the Dark Filament
- Filled Filaments (wood, CF, metal, etc)
- PLA Variations (silk, foaming, metallic)
- "B" grade filament from extrusion transitions
Additionally, the list of approved filaments is limited to:
- ABS/ASA, PLA, and PETG from Hatchbox, Overture, Push Plastics, 3D Fuel, IC3D, Prusament, ColorFabb, Polymaker, and Taulman
Exceptions may be approved with a steward's permission.
The SD card reader on the 3D printing computer doesn't work properly and may require you to save the file twice. Please keep this in mind when you use this machine.
The LCD menus are easy to navigate on this printer, and it does most of the work for you. Clicking the encoder wheel in will get you into the menu from the status screen, and rotating it will allow you to navigate the menus.
Most of the time when using the MMU, you will be either using the
Load filamentmenu option or the
Eject filamentmenu option.
Load to nozzleand
Unload filamentare often unnecessary, as the printer will load and unload filament to/from the nozzle when it needs to.
To load filament, place the spool you would like to load onto the appropriate spool holder and feed the filament partially into the guide tube. Then select the
Load filamentoption in the menu and then select the MMU slot you would like to load filament into. The MMU will then move the requested slot and ready for loading. Gently feed filament into the tube until you feel the MMU grab onto it, and then let go and wait for the MMU to finish the loading process. Use a light touch for this, it can be difficult to tell when the MMU has grabbed the filament otherwise.
Eject filamentoption in the menus and then select the material you will be ejecting so the MMU can preheat. Once it is done preheating, the MMU will move the selector out of the way of the filament slot and push filament out of the front of the MMU. Cut the end of the filament off so it doesn't get stuck in the tube and then retract the filament by pulling on it from the spool end. Replace the spool when done.
Try cleaning the bed with IPA and a paper towel, being careful to not get fingerprints on the bed. If this doesn't work please contact a 3D printing steward.
If filament jams in the feed tubes the MMU may not be able to retract it. In this case, the coupling on the MMU may need to be removed to resolve the jam. Please report a jam to the 3D printing stewards.
Most issues like this can be avoided by using good quality filament that has been properly dried. PLA is particularly susceptible to cracking when exposed to the air for long periods of time.
Filament stuck in the guide tubes going into the MMU can be removed by first ejecting the filament in that tube, and then feeding another material like ABS, PETG, or nylon into the tube to eject any leftover pieces of filament.
Filament stuck in the feed tube going from the MMU to the nozzle will require some disassembly of the printer. Please contact a 3D printing steward for help with this.
This error can be caused by a few things. Jamming, the filament backing out, and filament breaks are the most common causes.
Start by lightly tugging on the filament that failed to load on the spool end. If it retracts it is likely that the filament has broken in the tube, or the filament backed off in the MMU while idle. Push the filament back through the tube and into the MMU mechanism. Continue pushing until the filament has extended a few inches out of the front of the MMU. Lightly tug on the end that is sticking out of the MMU, and make sure that the filament on the spool is unwinding as you do. If it does not, or when you pushed filament out the front of the MMU it came out in chunks, then the filament has snapped and should be dried or replaced. If it remains in one piece then retract the filament until it is flush with the front of the MMU, clear the error on the MMU by pressing any button, and resume the print. You may have to help hand-feed on resume when it loads.
Most failures to unload are caused by jams or breakages. See those sections for more info.
Please report other errors to the 3D printing stewards.