Manually pause an active print
There are situations where you may need to pause an active print. Maybe you started the print and then realized that you don't have enough filament, or you would like to change to a different color filament. This article will walk you through the process of pausing your print, changing the filament, and resuming your print.
For the purposes of this article we are going to use OctoPrint however, this technique should work with most control softwares.
To perform this task, you will need to know how to load and unload filament.
The idea is to:
- pause the print
- lower the bed
- move the extruder clear of the bed
- change the filament
- move the extruder back to its original position
- raise the bed
- select resume
Pause the print using the pause button. Preferably, while it is printing infill.
Press the up arrow on the Z axis and lower the bed 10 mm.
Move the X axis either right or left until it is clear of the print where you can change the filament. Make sure you know exactly how far you have moved it.
Unload the filament and then load the new filament.
Move the extruder back to its original position. Then move the bed back up to its original position.
Click the resume button.
Make sure that after you load the new filament you use the tweezers to remove it from the hotend and the bed. You may want to retract the filament 0.1 mm to avoid ooze when moving back to the original position.