Repeat Heater Faults while printing



  • Try to insulate the printer's heatblock from the fan, so it doesn't drop in temperature. I use a lot of kapton tape wrapped around it in several directions.

    Also, try to have the fan running at its lowest possible setting for the first layer, and while the hotend is heating up, so that there is no abrupt change in airflow.



  • Bot: Done and done. No effect. I use a different, thicker tape then Kapton but basically the same stuff. I think whats happening, especially at the low levels is I'm just getting a lot of blow back from the fans on the hot end off the build plate.


  • administrators

    What first layer and subsequent layer temperatures are you using?



  • Kapton is very good at insulating, and I wrap at least ten times around it, if not way more. I suggest you try more insulating. I, too, had a huge temperature drop when my 3 fans kicked in before I insulated the block.

    see mine here: http://imgur.com/a/0AldX



  • DC42: I'm using 210 throughout. Fan speeds startup at 25%.

    Bot: I forget what type of tape I'm using but it was recommended as better then Kapton for hot end installation.

    At this point its sounding more and more like the best choice is to simply move ahead the time table on my inevitable upgrade to an E3D hot end.


  • administrators

    Try setting your first layer temperature to 5 or 10C higher than the remaining layers. This is a standard thing to do anyway, because higher temperatures help with adhesion to the bed, and lower temperatures reduce stringing.

    In the next firmware release I'll try to address this issue, either by making the maximum allowed temperature variation configurable, or by implementing feed forward control to increase the heater power when you turn the fan on.



  • Just to complicate the temperature-management wishlist, I used to get thermal faults even with Marlin's more permissive setup when the hot end spent a lot of time on the first layer, particularly near the center - the hot end was heating the bed enough that the bed thermistor (at the center but on the underside of the glass plate) was detecting unusual warming. (Warming when the heater is supposed to be off is an alarming sign, though it's not something that can be fixed by the Duet's approach of shutting off the heater. PS_ON to the rescue!) An insulated hot end is supposed to help with this, but some people may see expected thermal excursions in the bed too.



  • I have just finished a switch to DuetWifi on Rostock Max V2.3 with E3D, and I had problems with temp faults until I ran the tune up. On the other hand, If your printer is more or less stock, and you have only one layer fan, it could help if you move it to another side. Also, I assume that with the old set up your temps did not drop as much, right? If so, you might want to play with the PID settings. In any case, if you are considering switching to E3D or something else vs stock hot end, I would recommend. Although most people use E3D, do a search before you buy, there are many different models within E3D line-up and there are other brands too. I am also getting PT100, for a more accurate temp read out and possibly even higher temps.



  • Personally I'm a bit puzzled by all of this. I don't want to upset anyone here but aren't we asking for the firmware to be modified to compensate for some defect in the printer design, when in fact we should be looking to rectify the root cause of the problem? The firmware is detecting large temperature excursions and treating them as faults, which indeed they are. I would suggest that if the print cooling is sufficient to drop the hot end temperature by 10 degrees, then it is too aggressive and/or badly aligned. Shouldn't we just move the fans or slow them down such that they don't blow on the hot end, rather than look for ways to modify the firmware so that faults are ignored? Personally, I know it's against the rules but I've found that I get better results with no print cooling at all, except for very small objects (but that's with PLA).



  • I agree on this one, I just did not want to bring it up. If the standard blower was used, it is unlikely that it can cause a drop of 10C. My guess is that either PID settings are wrong for some reason, or, most probably, the Rostock hot end has developed issues. So, going to a more standard hot end such as E3D would solve the problem.

    I have seen other complaints about the 10C excursion limit, so perhaps an ability to temporarily override it could be useful, but I agree that fixing problems makes more sense.

    @deckingman:

    Personally I'm a bit puzzled by all of this. I don't want to upset anyone here but aren't we asking for the firmware to be modified to compensate for some defect in the printer design, when in fact we should be looking to rectify the root cause of the problem?


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