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  1. A couple months ago I purchased a Geeetech I3 3D printer so I could use PLA and perhaps some of the exotic plastics. I've been using a daVinci 1.0B with DiY spooled ABS (works great); Given the daVinci's ease of use I had no idea that the Geeetech printer was about to kick my butt. But there is a happy ending, so stick around. This is not a 3D printer review. But to set the stage, I purchased this printer kit. Rather than order it from the Chinese factory I found one on eBay from a USA supplier. Cost was under $300 USD delivered to my door. The Geeetech I3 Pro B kit is a Chinese variant of the popular Prusa I3 design. Mine came with a MK8 direct drive extruder with 1.75mm x 0.3mm nozzle, a Sanguinololu 1.3A (Arduino) controller, and four A4988 stepper motor drivers. Assembly took about 6 hours. But getting reliable PLA prints took several weeks of hair pulling. I'm now getting consistently good prints, which is something that I thought was impossible up until a few days ago. So I'm here to share my Geeetech war story. I'll provide details on the extruding problem and how I achieved success. Maybe this will help someone else.
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