@twelvebaud said in The Official Status Thread:
@rhywden The outer circle is called a skirt, and it's designed to ensure your extruder is working properly and is fully primed. It's also for helping you detect problems before your actual part starts printing, such as this one: the curlicues mean that your nozzle is slightly too far away from the bed or isn't outputting the right thickness of plastic for its height.
Thanks. It was the z-axis calibration which was part of the problem. That one is solved now (though I may want to install a proper autolevel - probably capacitive - at some point), it's just the y-axis which has a juttering problem moving in the negative direction. Positive flows continuously, negative has minor jutters which of course throws the whole thing a bit off course when printing.
I think the belt drive for the y-axis is a bit loose. Will tighten that up.
I now have to wait for new PLA filament anyway - someone at Amazon dropped the ball and packaged my order thus that the delivery service did a "return to sender due to improper packaging".