What to Do If You Run Out of Filament Mid-Print

  • What to Do If You Run Out of Filament Mid-Print

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  • Anonymous

    April 7, 2021 at 2:20 PM

    It’s not uncommon for a 3D printing project to take up to 12 hours (or more) to finish. For this reason, it’s virtually impossible for you to keep watch over a 3D printing project for the entire time that it is running.

    This can be worrying considering how many things can go wrong during 3D printing. One potential problem is running out of filament in the middle of the project. What can you do should this happen? Can a project still be saved if you run out of filament mid-print?

    Saving a print that runs out of filament

    The worst-case scenario is that your spool runs out of filament without you noticing. If your 3D printer does not have a filament run-out sensor, then the project will proceed as if it was still printing with filament. This means that the nozzle will continue to move around and that the print head will continue to move up.

    When this happens, continuing the print using the same G-Code file is no longer an option. It’s also too late to hit “Pause” on your slicer so that you can feed new filament into the system. You will have to be a bit more creative to solve this problem.

    Take a ruler and measure the height of your partially finished print. Now go to your slicer software and open the original 3D model you used for the project. Using the measurements you took, you will need to “bury” a portion of the model.

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