[Closed] Steam/Smoke coming out of your Nozzle
This is very similar to popping noises coming from the nozzle. Moisture in your filament doing strange stuff or the machinery isn’t clean from manufacturing.
Steam coming from the nozzle
If the filament is wet enough, you will see steam coming from your nozzle. While usually harmless, the print quality will suffer greatly from this.
What to do
If it’s too late and moisture has affected the filament, try drying the filament or replace the spool.
To prevent moisture store your filament dry, this is why we at rigid.ink provide special Mylar (metallic) resealable bags with each order. Maybe build a dry box for storage or even to keep the filament dry while printing sensitive materials like Nylons or PVA, with those materials, a few hours on an especially humid day is all it takes.
Smoke coming out of your nozzle
On brand new printers/HotEnds, you might even see some actual smoke coming from the nozzle. Let’s face reality, when buying cheap Chinese HotEnds there is usually grease and or other traces of lubricants, cutting-fluids/coolants, solvents and what not still inside the HotEnd if the manufacturer didn’t pay close attention to cleaning the parts.
What to do
First time you heat up this nozzle, do it slowly, but you might still see smoke. Keep your finger on the power switch (if the printer has one) and be ready to shut it down if there is more than just production remnants burning.
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