@pverdin said in Pulse XE 32-bit upgrade:
I knew nothing about 3d printing but my research led me to the Pulse because of it's ability to do materials like NylonG and NylonX as I had a specific project in mind. I decided to load it up including the 32bit board and magnetic print bed and print dry system since I had the funds available at the time.
For a complete novice it came out of the box and worked, I was printing like a pro, there was a learning curve involved and some total failures but I complete that project on time. I like the printer, it's rock solid and the all metal hot end gives lot of flexibility when choosing filament. The magnetic bed means I have different print bed materials that I can change quickly and easily and I am screwing around with different tape and hair spray.
A year later I am still having fun but now I wish either MatterControl would be more flexible and usable like Cura or PrusaSlicer as working on face shields I don't have the luxury of setting layer by layer settings and the later versions of MC seem to lack even choosing a nozzle size. I have learn a lot with this printer and I like it still.
I am having some issues at the moment and I am sure it will all get worked out shortly. I can't comment on what the difference is between 8bit and 32bit sorry, but I like to up the game when buying new so took the plunge.
Would I buy another? Most likely, if I could easily use another slicer, definitely, I still have learned enough to deal with G code and modifying the code to use Cura at this point, not sure if Simplify3D is worth the money either.
MatterHackers has a blog post on how to use Cura with pulse. It includes a printer profile etc. Took me about five minutes to configure.
Simple fix and I should have check it before, but while I had the printer apart for the BL Touch prove issue, I took the filament out sensor apart and found the ball-bearing jammed by a stray piece of filament so the switch was jammed in it's trigger state of normally open.
This was after I confirmed the wiring harness was okay. Not to be lazy but a little light button in the software would be cool so you could have a visual of the switch operation.
Thanks for the help on this. I posted a reply stating II found my solution in using an existing filament profile instead of just winging it. Don't know where it went, but I'm sure it's floating somewhere here.
@kenchalk So the Pulse XE with the 32-bit upgrade is actually my very first printer, so I don't have a a benchmark to compare it to, but I can say I have had zero issues with it and am 110% happy with my Pulse XE.
@scottalford Make sure that while moving the printer around, you have not mistakenly grabbed it by the gantry rods. This may have bent them thus creating the problem that you are seeing. With the printer powered off, you should be able to move the gantry left and right without issue. Removing the belt and trying this is a good way to eliminate the motor as a root cause. Good luck.
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@mstange42 Thank you for the suggestions. This part was oddly shaped, this was the most optimal positioning to avoid supports in bores and things like that. I will play with the suggesting settings. Thank you again.
For my thermistor I have to replace mine about every 6 months along with my PTFE tube, about 1000 hours of printing give or take pending on material. For your hotend, make sure you are using the correct one (12 or 24 volt) as incorrect one would cause issues all around.
As for the fan, it sounds like you have your setting way too low. Speed -> Fan -> Turn on if Below. Default is 60 seconds, but on different material it works better at a higher setting.
Also check your Cooling settings and adjust as needed there to help.
I am from Los Angeles so buying the Pulse over the Prusa was a no brainer. The support of the experts at Matterhacker have been extremely awesome. I have 7 other 3D Printers, Dremel 3D20, 3D40, 3D45s. I like solidly made machines with the best support available. Bosch Dremel is one of the biggest companies in the world and they have the means to provide superb customer service, but the support of Matterhacker is just as good. The Dremels are solidly built and are pretty much fire and forget when it comes to PLA using Simplify3D. But I needed a machine that would print in NylonX and Kevlar.
As far as printing goes, the Pulse XE is like the US version of the Prusa except it is really tailor-made for my favorite filament, NylonX. My Pulse XE prints almost round the clock for the past 3 months on nothing but the most abrasive NylonX and I have never had any problems except when I spilled coffee on the bed while it was printing. My only regret because of this is not buying the case for it.
From my years of printing, calibrating printers is always a pain. My Pulse XE was ready for a fight right out of the box. I put it into production the moment I plugged it in. The details are superb and I rarely ever touch the pre=configured settings unless I need to add more perimeters or more infill. But most of the time, I just feed it filament and print directly from Matter Control.