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Print too light

I have adjusted the pressure and Darkness to no avail. Printing acceptable on the left but nearly missing on the right.
The printer hadn't been used for several months.

Thanks, Steve

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Re: print too light

The printhead alignment sounds to be out or the hopefully just dirty. on this printer the printhead is not autoaligning like on the smaller printer and you need to tune the tilt,rotation,position, and so on. not just the print pressure. there are about 4 sets of hex screws around the head mech that are used to adjusted the alignment.
good luck

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