Problems with new Laser Filament Monitor



  • 3D Solutech silver PLA

    Duet3D laser filament monitor on input 3, disabled, allow 40% to 120%, check every 3.0mm, current pos -0.5, brightness 104, shutter 17, measured min -2% avg 91% max 196% over 986.7mm

    That's about the worst I have seen.


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    Yes, that's bad! I'm surprised, I would have expected silver PLA to be easy for the sensor to track.



  • @dc42 Having a lot of trouble (needed to turn it off!!!) with purple PLA from Cliever (Brazilian manufacturer)

    The average below 50% but the total length very close to the theoretical from slicer - so that is curious.


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    @brunofporto said in Problems with new Laser Filament Monitor [SOLVED]:

    @dc42 Having a lot of trouble (needed to turn it off!!!) with purple PLA from Cliever (Brazilian manufacturer)

    The average below 50% but the total length very close to the theoretical from slicer - so that is curious.

    The total length is the length commanded (not measured).



  • I've removed the [SOLVED] for this thread as clearly some users are still having issues.



  • Filamentum Rupunzel Silver

    Duet3D laser filament monitor on input 3, disabled, allow 15% to 125%, check every 3.0mm, current pos -0.4, brightness 79, shutter 15, measured min 40% avg 93% max 181% over 12606.4mm

    I have a had quite a few prints with no issues lately, but here we go. This may be no surprise with the glitter, but this is amazing filament. I started a Google Sheet to track the numbers in case I want to start actively managing each filament to adapt the laser to the filament.

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  • Sainsmart black PETG:

    Duet3D laser filament monitor on input 3, disabled, allow 15% to 125%, check every 3.0mm, current pos 9.2, brightness 100, shutter 17, measured min 14% avg 62% max 93% over 317.2mm



  • I am having issues using the sensor... It does do a lot of false errors as it detects and pause the print even when there is no issue and with a very broad tolerance (0% to 200%!!!!)

    For example... it ALWAYS pauses with my start g code, does not matter the filament:

    G32
    G29
    G1 X17 Y0 F10000
    M116 
    M98 P/macros/SubMacros/beep.g
    G4 P30000
    G1 Z0.2 ; 
    G92 E0 
    G1 Y5 E10 F1000 ; Purge 1
    G1 X77 E9 F1000 ; Purge 2
    G1 X107 E12.5 F1000; Purge 3
    G92 E0 
    


  • @brunofporto You try to push 10mm of filament into the hotend which only moves 5mm on the line saying "Purge 1". These are about 24mm³ of plastic spread on a 0.2mm layer height makes for an extrusion width of 24mm - I have a feeling that your hotend is not able to comply to this command.

    The second purge tries to create an extrusion width of 1.8mm which is again quite something to ask for.

    The third one wants to go with a 5mm extrusion width.

    I don't see a way how your extruder would be able to press this much plastic out though I might have an error in my math. 🤷



  • @wilriker I was pretty sure it is my fault 😄

    Your answer solves this part lol

    But still: how to avoid so much false detections during print?


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    @brunofporto, I have a firmware update on the way that may help, provided the problem isn't that the sensor can't see that particular filament clearly enough.

    Have you made sure that there is a only very short piece of PTFE tubing between the filament monitor and the extruder inlet, secured at both ends, so that when the extruder reverses the filament is forced to run back through the sensor, and not bunch up between the sensor and the extruder?



  • For the record in my case lashing down the sensor made a big difference. Of course many filaments simply don't work with this sensor. But keeping the sensor from moving around was very important. I don't know how it even works with a bowden 😉



  • @dc42 said in Problems with new Laser Filament Monitor:

    Have you made sure that there is a only very short piece of PTFE tubing between the filament monitor and the extruder inlet, secured at both ends, so that when the extruder reverses the filament is forced to run back through the sensor, and not bunch up between the sensor and the extruder?

    Yes, that is for sure 😄 Almost touching the extruder. And great to know that there is a firmware update related to the sensor. Thank you very much! You also made me remember that there is a loooong time since the last time I checked for debris over the sensor. I'll check on that.

    Also...

    @3dmntbighker said in Problems with new Laser Filament Monitor:

    For the record in my case lashing down the sensor made a big difference. Of course many filaments simply don't work with this sensor. But keeping the sensor from moving around was very important. I don't know how it even works with a bowden 😉

    The sensor casing IS moving due to a bad positioning - it is perpendicular from where the filament comes and it surely started to get worst readings after that... I do not know why I did not correlate this before 😄 thank you!



  • And there was A LOT of dirt inside the casing and the sensor was really nasty with it.... I'll test it tomorrow with some simple parts to check. If a single hair make my optical mouse going havoc imagine with a ball of dirt rolling over the sensor 😄

    I am pretty sure that it was the main responsible for the issue.



  • What about somehting like this: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3091625
    the part in that thing is just an interposer... but, the skelestruder project has the other parts.
    sensing off of a rotating bearing kinda sorta makes sense to me.



  • @madhunm said in Problems with new Laser Filament Monitor:

    What about somehting like this: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3091625
    the part in that thing is just an interposer... but, the skelestruder project has the other parts.
    sensing off of a rotating bearing kinda sorta makes sense to me.

    Fantastic idea



  • @3dmntbighker I am working on a modified version of my casing with this purpose 😄



  • @brunofporto said in Problems with new Laser Filament Monitor:

    @3dmntbighker I am working on a modified version of my casing with this purpose 😄

    When I print your current version I find the PTFE clamping is marginal at best. I have had to drill deeper into the housing to find some purchase for the tube. My printer is partially to blame. While you are at the redesign can I suggest a longer surface area for clamping the PTFE tube. I am using Capricorn tubing now. Actually I may switch to cheap PTFE tube because in this application the Capricorn is actually a detriment. It's more particular about out of tolerance filament and it's not as if it's a bowden tube.



  • @3dmntbighker Actually a short piece of Capricorn tube was recommended coming into and going out the sensor housing because this will better constrain the filament passing over the center of the sensor. But it is hard to use only a short amount if you need longer distances.

    Reg. fixing the tube inside the housing the approach used in this housing by @punamenon might be very interesting. @brunofporto what do you think?



  • @wilriker said in Problems with new Laser Filament Monitor:

    @3dmntbighker Actually a short piece of Capricorn tube was recommended coming into and going out the sensor housing because this will better constrain the filament passing over the center of the sensor. But it is hard to use only a short amount if you need longer distances.

    Reg. fixing the tube inside the housing the approach used in this housing by @punamenon might be very interesting. @brunofporto what do you think?

    Thanks, I'll stick with the Capricorn. I'm fortunate I don't need a long section. I think I have no more than 20mm on either end.

    Yeah, that looks like a much better way to capture the tube. I actually don't have issues with the tube coming out, but it's very poorly held in place now.


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