TROUBLESHOOTING

If problems occur with the 3D printer system, error messages appear on the touchscreen. Refer to the appropriate troubleshooting table for assistance. There may be times when an unrecoverable error message will appear and will require a call to your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider. 

Prior to contacting Certified 3D Systems Service Provider, make certain you have the following information:

  • The serial number of the 3D printer system.  The serial number is located on the product label on the center-rear panel.
  • A brief description of the problem, including exact error message displayed on the touchscreen.
  • The conditions under which the problem occurred (for example, while submitting a job, during the beginning or end of the build, after power off recovery, etc.)

 

COMMUNICATION ERRORS
 

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTION
RT_ERROR: No machine Identification (ID) No network connection. Ensure you have a valid network connection. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider
evm6x_hpi_open() A communication error occurred. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If this does not restore communication, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
ProJet [X.X] month dd yyyy
TIME XX:XX:XX
A communication error occurred. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If this does not restore communication, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

HEAD MAINTENANCE ERRORS

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTION
HMS ERROR Recovery An error occurred during printhead maintenance (cleaning the printhead before beginning a build). Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

MATERIAL FEED AND WASTE SYSTEM ERRORS
A just loaded cartridge did not engage correctly during the material feed cycle or the printhead sensors did not detect the required material level.

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTION
RT_ERROR: material feed 1 (or 2) can’t fill head A just loaded bottle did not engage correctly during the material feed cycle or the printhead sensors did not detect the required material level. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

THERMAL SHUTDOWN

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTION
RT_ERROR:******* Out of Range  
For example:
RT_ERROR: Adapter Temp Counts=2291.temp=75.5362 Out of Range
The temperature of a heater exceeded the set range of temperatures.  The system issues a Real Time (RT)error, shuts off all heaters and stops the build.
The touchscreen will display “Press Yes to Restart”.
Press “Yes” to restart. 
If the error message occurs again, do not restart.  Contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

MATERIAL QUALITY GUARANTEE ERRORS

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTION
Support (or build) material bottles not detected 3D printer system is out of material bottles, a bottle mis-fed, or the material identification system is faulty. The build will abort if it needs to use the questionable bottle to finish the build.

  • Add the specified material bottle, install a clean print platform and repeat the print job.
  • If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
Support (or build) material bottle not melted A cold bottle was added to the material delivery system and it did not have enough time to melt before the 3D printer system requested material. The build will abort if it needs to use the questionable bottle to finish the build.

  • Add the specified material bottle, install a clean print platform and repeat the print job.
  • If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
Support (or build) material bottle expired The material identification system detected expired material. Follow the discard instructions posted to the touch screen.
Support (or build) material bottle incorrect type A material bottle was inserted into the wrong feed slot The build will abort if it needs to use the questionable bottle to finish the build.

  • Follow discard instructions posted to touchscreen.
  • If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

MATERIAL WASTE ERRORS

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTON
RT_ERROR: drain tank not responding Fault detected in control circuitry. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
RT_ERROR: Drain tank Position error Fault detected in control circuitry. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
RT_ERROR: Drain tank timeout error Fault detected in control circuitry. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
RT_ERROR: can’t empty drain tank Sensor or valve malfunctioned Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

MOTION SYSTEM ERRORS

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTON
X-Following ERROR An attempt to open the build chamber door was made, or position sensor errors occurred. Ensure the build chamber door is secured, then cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
Negative Firing Delay Variations in scanning axis velocity. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider. 
Pause Timeout ERROR Position sensor contamination Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

UV SUBSYSTEM ERRORS

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTON
RT_ERROR: UV Lamp Power Too Low UV sensor detected a possible fault.

Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.

MATERIAL HAZARD SYMBOL.png  CAUTION:  To prevent skin exposure to uncured part material, do not handle parts in a build without wearing gloves and full protective sleeves if a UV lamp problem occurred during the build.

VACUUM REGULATOR ERRORS

MESSAGE CAUSE ACTON
RT_ERROR: Printhead Vacuum Low Indicates a fault within the vacuum system. Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider.
RT_ERROR: Printhead Vacuum High Indicates a fault within the vacuum system Cycle power to the 3D printer system. If error message occurs again, contact your Certified 3D Systems Service Provider. 

Power Outage

If you are present during a power outage, or discover the main power OFF, complete the following steps:

  1. Switch power OFF on 3D printer system’s rear panel so it does not automatically start when power is restored. This prevents 3D printer system damage due to power flickers and surges.
  2. When power is restored and stable, switch 3D printer system power ON located on the rear panel.

 

If power outage occurs and is restored before anyone can take action, the 3D printer system will recover as follows:

  1. The 3D printer system advances through warming stages until reaching the required build temperatures. 
  • If 3D printer system was not building when power outage occurred, the message line on the touchscreen will display Not Building and bottom line will display Online/Menu?
  • The 3D printer system is ready to accept a print job.

 

If 3D printer system was building when the power outage occurred:

  1. The touchscreen will display Power Off Recovery
  • After power is restored and 3D printer system has reached build temperature. This safety feature prevents accessing incomplete build until all build conditions are satisfied. 
  1. Once occurred, the job will end, the touchscreen will display Done Remove Build and the print platform will move forward, and can be removed and repeat print job if desired.
Note.png NOTE: If the 3D printer system is in Power Off Recovery, the build chamber will not be able to open until 3D printer system completes recovery.