I’m having issues with my Form 2 (and have started a formlabs ticket). I’ll go through whats happened and perhaps someone may be able to diagnose this issue (as there is a wealth of experience on here!).
This started with an issue where my Form2 stopped printing at the same point on 2 prints. It detected an apparent obstruction that resulted in me having to cancel the print in its last 30 minutes. Google/Forums told me that this was a suction issue as I was trying to print a high number of mini cups - and in fact the collective suction the cups was causing the obstruction.
I believe during this issue I updated my firmware. Interestingly though I noticed during these prints (it was using Flexible Resin) that despite the print being on the last few layers, only the base had printed - and not the cup.
Since this I have tried several flexible resin prints and noticed that the quality of the print has decresed ( if I print a simple cylinder the edges aren’t smooth but have obvious lines on them). To the point now where having just tried again essentially nothing bar one base printed.
I contacted customer support and they advised I test print a butterfly in clear - the summary of their diagnosis was that yes I had had a suction effect on my previous print - but they couldn’t detect any other abnormalities.
I have been advised to filter my resin (which I will do ) - but inspecting the resin tank doesn’t seem to suggest that there are any damages to the PDMS layer. Although I now has 2 obvious bases that have been printed to the PDMS base.
I undertook a print in grey and that came out fine. And a print of other objects in clear resulted in unwanted cured resin hanging off lots of my prints - which seemed peculiar.
This lead me to conclude through forum searching that the problem could be the Galvo mirrors - and as such I have just ordered some kit to clean those.
Could this be my resin? could it be the build platform? or is it simply the mirrors that need a good clean?
I am concerned that this seems to have notable effects with the flexible resin and not with anything else. I don’t know if the firmware can really be blamed for this - although I was having no problems up until recently where it seems to have just fallen off a cliff in terms of print quality and reliability.
Any help greatly appreciated.
With Best Wishes