PLA Printing Troubles


#1

Hello, I am trying to figure out the M200 that I inherited at my school.
I’ve had some success printing ABS but I wanted to try printing PLA, so I purchased some external PLA and I’m having some issues.

First set of questions. Can my M200 print PLA? What can it print and what will it not print? Can I use external materials or do I have to purchase Zortrax.

Second. It wont really load. I can get it to load once and when it extrudes, it creates much small diameter strings than the ABS. If I try to print or push load again, the drive wheel just skips. Can this be fixed?

I’m mostly new at this so any help is much appreciated!

Thanks


#2

Hello,

First of all, please take a look on the tips for printing with Z-PLA Pro. We strongly recommend having a separate hotend v2 for Z-PLA Pro only.

Second of all, when it comes to external PLA - a spare hotend is recommended as well. Also, you might need to tweak settings in the PLA-based material profile (such as extrusion temperature etc.). If the drive wheel just skips - this could indicate the material gets too soft near the motor.

Best regards,
Karolina