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Help calibrating repstrap 
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I've built a repstrap from the ground up (even designed everything in CAD), and all the mechanical systems work, but I'm having a hard time getting it to print. I know the plastic is probably extruding at the right temperature and that the axis move exactly as far as they are told to, but that is about it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do to get it printing? I've been using a guide on the rep rap wiki at http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Calibration but its not working very well. I didn't get very far, I'm trying to print a 20mm X20mm box, but my extruder ends up dragging through the plastic but the 3rd or 4th layer.


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Sounds like you may have to decrease the steps/mm on the Z axis. Make sure that it moves x mm when asked.


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It moves and is mechanically accurat, I've been playing with the layer height to try and fix it. It actually drags on the lower layers, then by the upper layers (8 mm up), the nozzle is above the piece, so my layers are too thick and too thin. Any ideas about that?


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It occurs to me I have no idea how any of the software works or how to operate a printer, is there anything that can help me with that?


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Turns out all of my calibration issues were because I had a .3mm nozzle but was told it was a .5mm when I bought it, that fixed a ton of problems.


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