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Ash, I have a MakerBot Replicator 2 with a glass bed. The leveling routine seems pretty good, so I don't think that's my problem. Thanks for the article - I will try BuildTak.Do you have any experience with this printer? I am having a problem and would welcome thoughts on it. In changing filaments about 40% of the time, and unpredictably, I end up with plastic jamming the unheated parts of the feeder mechanism. This requires a time-costly and annoying disassembly and reassembly of the mechanism. Not sure what to do about it - any thoughts?
I use a 1.75 mm PLA filament from Hatchbox. I generally like it and the price is right. I think the MakerBot Replicator 2 cannot use ABS. Not sure about the question about how it looks when fed in. I think it's more of an issue how it comes out when I unload it. If it's long and stringy I will have a problem. The question is how to get it to come out clean. I have replaced the nozzle multiple times, but since that part heats, that seems to be less of a problem than the unheated parts.Thanks for the comments. I'm on my own here and have to make it up as I go. Nice to be able to ask questions to someone with experience.
This sounds promising, but I don't have a heated bed (do have glass). I've been using painter's tape, with the results you describe. Also, I only use PLA for printing. I'd like to find something better than painter's tape or Kapton tape. Any suggestions?