2019-12-01 (Su) MIDIGlocken

Mounting the rack of solenoids inside the glockenspiel was proving difficult. I did not want to drill into the toy any more than necessary. I planned to print a custom part, which was also an excuse to set up my new 3D printer. This printer has been unopened for nearly two years, and that is a shame.
New printer

Setting up the printer has been a lesson in lost patience. The software that shipped with the printer was outdated so when I used current versions, the manual did not match up. I installed three versions of Cura before I finally started a print. I think this was a problem with the distribution, not the software. The first print marred the buildsheet by lowering the print head too far. This printer uses an auto-leveling sequence to ensure nice prints, but it didn't even keep the hot end above the surface. This could be a hardware issue.
Marred buildsheet

I tried a couple more methods to keep from scratching the buildsheet, but they both failed. I added a layer of masking tape over the buildsheet, and that took damage. I placed seven sheets of paper over the platen during the calibration process and removed them before printing but it still bottomed out. I left the paper in place when it tried to print and it put dents in the paper. Nothing online was any help with this issue, so I submitted a message to tech support.
Ripped through a layer of tape
Seven sheets of paper were not enough

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