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    Technologist Ward's Avatar
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    How long OR how many prints before your first printer failure? And what failed?

    Just wondering about longevity and what parts I might want to have on hand for "that day".

    I know it can vary wildly.

    Has anyone had their printer go for a year or 250 prints (whichever occurs sooner) before a failure?

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    I forget exactly, something like 525 hours (could be wrong on the hours!). The Y axis motor mount cracked. A spare was included. I've printed another spare.

    I've replaced a number of nozzles, but don't consider that a failure.

    Nothing else so far, knock on wood...

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    I had a problem right after delivery : a youth problem for my printer design, solved right after by the Support.

    Nothing ever since. It's been a year and over 100 prints.

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    Since we have more less the same printer you can look into the following:

    - Y axis motor mounting bracket. I have printed these but made one out of aluminium.
    - X axis belt clamp (under the extruders). Also replaced with an aluminium part.

    I intend to, over time, replace as parts as possible with aluminium ones as the printer itself runs perfectly.


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    Thanks guys.
    Very helpful information as always.

    This forum would be practically worthless without the three of you

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    I've printing for over a year now but just recently joined 3dprintboard. I am mostly active on Reddit until recently. I've had over 100 prints so far and the first problem I encountered are clogged nozzles that made my printer halt. I've been cleaning and replacing nozzles for maintenance.

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    I had a crappy surge protector burn down my garage one time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAFilament.com View Post
    I had a crappy surge protector burn down my garage one time.
    Ouch...


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    Failure not due to user error or damage in shipment? None yet. Some heads have over 2000 hours of print time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAFilament.com View Post
    I had a crappy surge protector burn down my garage one time.
    Ouch is right!

    Speaking of things like this.....I have my Printer plugged into a Battery Backup device because occasionally we have power dips.
    The other night it saved a 6 hour print due to a 3 second outage.

    Plus I think it will protect my beloved printer from "dirty power" that occasionally comes through.

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