Auto-Pause and Material Metering


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Introduction to the Auto-Pause Feature

The Auto-Pause feature is designed to alert users if they are running low on plastic or fiber, so that your printer doesn't run out of material during a print. This feature only works if you use the Meter Load option when loading materials. For more information on Meter Loading, please see the Load Plastic or the Load Fiber Support articles.

Should Eiger or your printer find that there is less material loaded into the printer than is needed, the user will be prompted with the following options:

  • Turn the Auto-Pause feature on: This will cause your print to stop when the material gets to be too low so that you can replace it and continue your print.
  • Turn the Auto-Pause feature off: This will cause your printer to run regardless of the amount of material that is left.
  • Cancel the Print: The print will be canceled and can be resumed again at any point in the future.
  • Reload New Material: The user can change out the partial spool of material for a new or more full spool and continue on with the print.

If you choose to enable the auto-pause feature, either with Eiger or on your printer, and the print does pause, you will receive a notification on the printer and also via email when the print pauses.

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Enabling and Disabling the Auto-Pause Feature in Eiger

When sending a part to a printer, Eiger will automatically check to see if the printer has enough material to run the print. If either or all materials are too low, you will recieve a pop-up notification on screen asking if you would like to use the Auto-Pause feature. The feature will be turned on by default when printing from Eiger.

Some examples of Auto-Pause notifications in Eiger:

  • If Eiger determines that you do not have enough Plastic to print a part, you will see a pop-up like this one:



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Enabling or Disabling the Auto-Pause Feature on your Printer

When printing a part from on-board storage or from your printer's queue, your printer will check to see if there is enough material loaded to run the print. If either or all materials are too low, you will receive an on-screen notification and will be presented with options for the print.

An example of Auto-Pause notifications on your printer's screen:

  • If your printer determines that there is not enough material to complete a print, you will receive a notification. Each notification will present you with options to continue or go back



  • If you choose to continue with the print, your printer will ask if you would like to continue with the Auto-Pause feature turned on or off.



  • If you choose to go back, you will be directed to the home screen.
  • If you choose to reload material, you can hit the "Resume" button on your printer. If there is enough material loaded to finish the print, the printer will resume printing. If there is not, the printer will prompt you to go back or enable the auto pause feature again.

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Resuming and Continuing a Print After Auto-Pause

Anytime your printer resumes from any pause, it will check to make sure you have enough material.

  • If your printer determines that you still do not have enough material to complete the print, you will be prompted with a warning and presented with the options to continue the print anyways or go back to reload.



  • If your printer determines that you have no material loaded, you will be prompted with the following screen.



  • If your printer determines that you have enough material to complete the print, you will be prompted to resume the print.



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