Some minor issues with The Duet WiFi

  • Thanks Kezat and DC42,

    To answer some of the points made :

    1/ Printing speed was set at this speed to ensure that I had a wide window of operation. I deliberately made the printer extremely rigid, metal parts, linear slides etc. to cope with this. The gantry isn't the lightest ( aluminium extrusion ) but, there are no ringing artifacts at fast speeds. This suggests that the acceleration and travel / print speeds are ok in terms of mechanical stability.

    2/ The under extrusion is a function of what I need to do to get an almost perfect print. Setting E-Steps to 418 per mm as per Titan manual gave 110mm instead of 100mm of extrusion…Adjusted that, then Simplify 3D suggests 90% extrusion for PLA, and I ended up with 87% extrusion to get the results you see there.

    Coasting V Pressure Advance. As an engineer I'm aware that experimentally you can only change one variable at a time to find a root cause. I must have printed about 30 or 40 cal cubes to date ( each with only one change in parameters ). What I am seeing is that the blob is being created at the end of a move, rather than the beginning, even with large and fast amounts of retraction. So, I set the retraction at 3mm ( approx 0.75% of bowden length ), then incrementally increased pressure advance ( now 0.4) . I was still seeing blobs and then spotted the coasting option. For some reason the combo of coasting and retraction during a wipe move, together with Pressure Advance is working.

    I will reset the extrusion percentage to 100%, and remove coasting etc, leave retraction at 3 - 4mm, and try pressure advance on it's own, as well as reducing print speed.

    3/ IR Sensor, looking more closely, you are right DC42, it is a slow down when the Z axis moves towards the sensor. The bed is black, non reflective and clean, and hence I wasn't expecting variation between probe points given the evenness of the surface. ( Yes, IR spectrum sees things the naked eye can't ).

    I have to say, I love the Duet and the IR sensor - I have 2 of each!! ..... Much better than anything else on the market. But. like anything else there is a learning curve to get best use from it.

    One last thing, do the settings I have chosen in config.g seem appropriate ? jerk, acceleration etc ?


  • I notice that you are using a Z hop in your firmware retraction. It's possible that this might cause a slight pause while the bed moves. Try disabling the Z hop to see if that improves the blobbing.

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    Does your extruder use a Bowden tube; and if so, how long is it?

  • Bowden tube is 400mm long … tried using regular and capricorn tubing. No difference.

    I have done some tests this morning.... I reset the extrusion percentage to 100%, and removed coasting etc, left retraction at 3mm, and tried pressure advance on it's own, as well as reducing print speed.

    Currently running 95% extrusion rate ... with these settings
    M207 S2.5 R-0.1 F5000 T5000 Z0.0
    M572 D0 S0.9

    No Z hop, but speeds still at 10000mm per min ..... dropping the speed has ZERO effect... in fact it makes blobbing slightly worse at the 90 degree corners.

    I had to push up the pressure advance to what I think is an insane level (0.9) to get rid of the problems.

    My thoughts is that Pressure Advance value being so high is a symptom of accel and Jerk settings ? Am i missing something ?


  • You should dial in pressure advance without retracts. Then once you have good results start adding retracts to find the right setting.

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    With 400mm Bowden tube you will probably need about 5mm retraction if you don't use pressure advance, and 3 or 4mm if you do. Less if you use Capricorn tubing instead of regular 2mm id PTFE. As Tim says, it's safest to tune pressure advance with little or no retraction to get corners etc. looking good first; then add retraction to get rid of the tiny blobs you get just before a travel move.

  • The best I have now achieved is with

    M207 S3 R0.4 F5000 T5000 Z0.0
    M572 D0 S1.7

    The pressure advance seems insanely high …. Is this indicative of needing to change acceleration and Jerk settings ?

    If I add more retraction (S) I need to compensate with more (R) .... So, i left it at this manageable value.

    Seems to be working well at 10000 mm per min.

    Thanks to you all for your help .... I'll post when I have some pictures to upload.


  • I'd be interested in your resolution of this, as I have exactly the same edge issues after my rebuild!

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    Yes that is a lot of pressure advance. It implies that there is a lot of slop in the filament path between the extruder drive and the hot end.

  • David, I will try the capricorn again this evening, and also reposition the extruder closer to printhead to see if that helps.

    Biscuitlad, I have a theory that DC42 is right …. but, also another thing popped into my head. I was scanning the extruder info on the wiki, and I realized that Im not using a pancake motor, Im using an 84oz motor .... so, torque is high, and acceleration low because i have lowered the motor current. ( pancakes should arrive tomorrow ).

    I'll keep you both posted.

  • Well, maybe I'm missing something but the quality looks pretty good on the vid?

    I have to disengage from the debate unfortunately, until I can be sure there's no z wobble on my set up. Noticed a regular pattern on my test cubes that can only mean one thing. It's an unpleasant re-occurrence of something I thought I'd cured several years ago… 😞

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