Thanks to everyone who responded to my first thread. I believe I fixed the problem (the problem was excessive banding, and poor print quality). But now I’ve run into another one. I’ll explain.
I went through the setup and creation of printer profiles on Slic3r. I followed the instructions on this video:
It was a huge help. I readjusted the settings to create a beautiful print. The problem was, the print was only beautiful in the middle. The first few layers looked a bit suspect. And then, probably about 80% through, the print just went crazy and turned into the model you see in the attached photos.
I’ve attached as many photos as I can think of, showing my settings for slicing, etc. I’ve also uploaded them here, just in case you can’t open them:
Hopefully those will help in determining this most recent problem. I’ve also attached photos of what the completed model SHOULD look like.
Again, I used the Slic3r program to slice, with custom gcode, then exported to x3g via GPX. Everything seemed to work great. Like I said, I was REALLY impressed with the quality of the part of print that printed smoothly - it’s even smoother than the MakerBot, and even lacks some of the divots and minor flaws that have been produced consistently over several prints.
I’m really not sure what to make of the problem. As I said, the print was going BEAUTIFULLY. It started off badly, which had me concerned (and still does), but then became very good. Then, at the end, it was a disaster.
Any help you can offer would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you, all!