Print quality issues


#1

I am having some issue with my Form2 print quality.I noticed the prints lately have not been as crisp as usual-the surface detail seems a bit soft.I cleaned the optical windows per the instructions on the forum and that helped a bit, but the issue is now worsening.I ran the opitcal pritn test with the 4 pillars and the central piece.The central piece looked pretty good, but the pillars did not pritn well.I could see numbers 1 and 2, but 3,4 and 5 were difficult to see and the surface was very pock marked. I also printed a large flat piece and there is a texture on part of the surface.Of course I a need to start a large print run .I could sand down the parts that I am printing, but I worry the issue may be a sign of something seriously wrong with the printer.It is almost 2 years old now so I guess it is out of warranty.I did submit a ticket for tech support.Just wondering if any forum members have an idea what could be wrong.


#2

In my limited experience I would say that the most likely cause is dirty galvo mirrors. Contact support and they’ll send you instructions on how to clean them.


#3

Looks similar to an issue we had with our Form2 after about 3 months - we ran some diagnosis under FormLabs support direction and sent them the logs - they determined it was degradation in the laser. FL were great, and swapped the printer for a new one under warranty/ProPlan. New printer great so far.


#4

thanks guys

I will post once Formlabs has a diagnosis

Carl


#5

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