Let’s start this week with a hack. Florian Horsch, a community member, was faced with a problem. He was getting to the end of a long print but did not have enough PLA to finish the job, something needed to be done… and fast!
So the good man decided to melt some left-over PLA¬† to the almost finished PLA in the machine, with a cigarette lighter…yes…it’s kinda strange..I guess that’s why they call it hacking, let’s hear from Florian in his own words:
“I was just running out of filament right within a 16 hours (or more) print… with retraction enabled (which is making things for a live-change of filament pretty bad, because filament isn’t pulled back anymore).¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Normally this is “game over” – but I didn’t accept it this time and pulled out a lighter and live-welded the filament together! It worked beautifully ….¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
¬† How To:¬†¬†¬†¬†
- Pull out a lighter and briefly heated up both filament ends (don’t fire them up!)
- Merge them and wait a couple of seconds¬†
- Form them with your fingers to be as smooth as possible
- Quickly file off any excess material (which could block within the bowden tube)
- Happy printing!¬†¬†
It’s really easy… especially if you don’t do it (like I did) within the last 3 cm of filament Good luck! “
Florian is testing the soon-to-be-released firmware that’s why his ulti-controller lay-out is different (see end). The full release of the new firmware will be part of the next update of Cura. We will keep you posted!