Prints start about 3mm above bed (sometimes)

  • Occasionally after cancelling a print the next print I start prints the first layer about 3mm above the bed which is not exactly good for adhesion.

    DWC shows a Z height of 3.2mm when this happens so it knows where it is but just has an offset for some reason.

    Homing the head or doing a software reset makes no difference but powering off and on does correct the problem.

    I’m cancelling legitimately by pausing then hitting cancel print (Not Stop).

    It could be a bug but I suspect it’s something that my slicer (Simplfy3D) puts in the G code file and then would have corrected if the print had ended cleanly.

    Any Ideas what it might be so I can correct it in my homing or print start macros?

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    Can you post your cancel.g and a bit of the start and end of a gcode file that causes this issue please.

  • The issue doesn't happen consistently and the same file could stop and start quite happily one day and fail the next.
    One thing that may (or may not) be relevant is that I've only seen it happen on larger files so far (typically 15mb or bigger)

    The files you asked for are:

    My Cancel.g is the factory default empty one:

    ; stop.g
    ; called when a print is cancelled after a pause.

    One G code file that I had the problem with is this one:

    ; G-Code generated by Simplify3D(R) Version 4.0.0
    ; Feb 26, 2018 at 1:27:08 PM
    ; Settings Summary
    ;   processName,Process1
    ```This is followed by about 200 lines of comments from Simplify listing all its settings plus its life history before we get to the actual code:

    M106 S255
    G4 P500
    M106 S0
    M140 S60
    M190 S60
    G28 ; home all axes
    ;G29 ; run auto bed levelling routine
    M109 S180 ; heat extruder to correct temperature
    G92 E0
    G1 E-8.0000 F4800
    G1 Z0.600 F6000
    ; process Process1
    ; layer 1, Z = 0.100
    ; tool H0.100 W0.480
    ; skirt
    G1 X-35.752 Y-17.500 F18000
    G1 Z0.100 F6000
    G1 E-0.0500 F1440
    G92 E0
    G1 X-36.241 Y-17.989 E0.0138 F3000
    G1 X-36.302 Y-18.060 E0.0157
    G1 X-36.820 Y-18.774 E0.0333
    G1 X-36.870 Y-18.854 E0.0352

    There then follows about 18mb of G-Code before we end with:


    G1 X8.963 Y31.464 E1.1401
    G1 X8.659 Y32.316 E1.1581
    G92 E0
    G1 E-8.0000 F4800
    ; layer end
    M104 S0 ; turn off extruder
    M140 S0 ; turn off bed
    G28 ; home axes
    M84 ; disable motors
    M107; turn off part cooling fan
    M81 S1; Power off after cooldown
    ; Build Summary
    ; Build time: 2 hours 56 minutes
    ; Filament length: 15021.0 mm (15.02 m)
    ; Plastic volume: 36129.70 mm^3 (36.13 cc)
    ; Plastic weight: 45.16 g (0.10 lb)
    ; Material cost: 2.08

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