Filament runout sensor issues and how to fix them (BCN3D Sigma)




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When loading the filament, you may find a grayed out "Next Button" on the touchscreen which will not allow you to continue to the loading process. If this occurs, make sure to check the Filament Runout Sensor (FRS). 


1. Unload the filament. Here you'll find more guidelines if you have difficulties to do so: How to unload the filament 

2. Once the filament is unloaded remove it completely and go to Utilities/Filament/Load.


3. To verify if the filament sensor is working properly, it's necessary to perform a test without inserting the filament,  simply follow the steps on the LCD but do not insert the filament in the lower Bowden.


4. Once the printer is ready to load the filament the “Next” button will show up as inactive. This button will activate once the filament goes through the sensor.


5. Cut the filament tip in a sharp angle and insert the filament and check if the “Next” button activates when the filament goes through the sensor:


 If the filament is still not detected, remove the filament and check the sensor visually to make sure that there’s nothing obstructing the switch. Learn how to disassemble it in this article: How to replace the filament runout sensor


6. Once the sensor is out, check that the switch operates correctly when filament is inserted. If it doesn’t, make sure that there’s nothing blocking the switch outside or inside its enclosure.

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