I just assembled my kit and am running through the flight check items. One issue I've run into is that I'm having difficulty getting the filament (that came with the kit) to fit into the extruder tube (ie, the hold right underneath the drive gear). It seems like the driver gear is over too much of the hole (when looking directly overhead, only half of the hole is visible), so as pushing the filament off to the side. Furthermore, when I try to lift the idler while the filament is sitting on top of the extruder hole (and thus, between the guide screw and drive gear), I face significant resistance to the point where I'm worried I'll snap the idler if I try to get it fully upright. This also suggests that there isn't sufficient space between the guide screw and the drive gear for the filament. Has anyone else had this problem?
I ran the extruder without putting up the idler, and had mixed results. Sometime I'd get plastic to extrude and other times the gear would turn but I think the filament wasn't being pushed down. Any suggestions would be welcome.
On a side note, I also haven't quite figured out how to rig up the plastic filament guide tube that comes with the kit. Does anyone have a picture with that set on theirs? And an recommendations on what to put the filament spool on so that the strands aren't dangling/free to get caught in the machine?
Thanks so much!