Questions tagged [extrusion]

Questions about extrusion mechanisms in varying types of 3D printers or the extrusion process.

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What are ways to avoid heat creep?

Printer configuration and many settings affect heat creep. Heat creep stopping extrusion doesn't necessarily involve melting the filament too high above the nozzle. All it takes is making the ...
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First 3 mm prints poorly, then fine after that

I have an Ender 3 that I have been pretty happy with so far, however it recently started an odd behavior and I can't figure out what's causing it. What happens is that the first ~3 mm of the ...
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Slicer line width vs. extrusion multiplier for layer adhesion?

My question would like to address what would be better for adhesion and general quality and possibly strength: either increase the slicer line width option or increase the slicer extrusion multiplier ...
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Isn't using the Extrusion Multiplier like cheating?

One thing I never understood is the so-called Extrusion Multiplier (EM) or Flow setting in slicers like Simplify3D (S3D) or CURA. The description for this setting reads... S3D: Multiplier for all ...
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How is the E argument calculated for a given G1 command?

I'm working on building a tool to generate G-code (a simpler slicer), and I'm trying to calculate how much filament should be extruded per movement. Is there a standard calculation for this? ...
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I am experiencing some severe under extrusion

I did calibrate the extruder to extrude exactly 50/100 mm and it is fine. I have replaced the old (prehistorical) extruder that was giving me the problem with a new one. The issue does not go away. It ...
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Ender 3 extrudes plastic whilst at standstill, and while moving to start of print

I have a small problem where plastic comes out of the nozzle while the printer is at a standstill (normally towards the end of heating the nozzle for a print), and whilst it moves from the line for ...
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Holes/ missing layers (after retraction) in 3d printed objects

My printed objects have horizontal holes in them (as seen I the picture below): This doesn't only look bad it also makes the object break at the seems. Looking carefully at the printing process I ...
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Power consumption of filament extrusion

I'd like to calculate the power lost through the filament being extruded (or in other words, at how many Watts I'd have to run an ideal heater that loses heat ONLY through filament so that it stays at ...
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How do I keep my extruder head from getting clogged?

Using a thermoplastic MDF printer with a 0.4mm extruder nozzle, I frequently have trouble with the nozzle getting clogged. I am not sure what's causing the clog, but my guesses are dust and/or burnt ...
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How thin can my extrusion be from a 1.2mm extruder?

I always assumed that the smallest diameter that you could extrude was equal to the diameter of the extruder tip itself. Recently I heard that you can actually extrude a line that's as little as half ...
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Unidentified problem in printing

I have printed the XY resonance, Z resonance, bridging performance and the negative space tolerance test, from Makezine (can be found here), and I have encountered the following errors in the prints. ...
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How to connect filament end-to-end?

Is it possible to connect two pieces of 1.75 mm filament end to end, with no change in width? I am asking the question because I am interested in creating a multi-filament feeder to a single extruder, ...
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Hot end jamming very quickly

I have built a 3D printer out of parts from my tip, a ramps board, arduino mega, and a hot end. However, after doing a test extrusion some plastic was spewed out and then the print jammed un-...
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Tuning line width and flow compensation in Cura

I'm currently in the process of fine-tuning my cheap CTC i3 clone. I'm using Cura 3.1 for slicing. After calibrating the extruder steps, I wanted to optimize the line width and flow compensation ...
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Print came out like a wafer

I'm not sure how else to describe it. There's probably a name for this but I just don't know it. But the bottom few layers came out great, but the rest came out kind of like a triscuit. Below are pics ...
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PETG filament doesn't stick reliably to fake Buildtak surface

I just got my first spool of PETG and tried to calibrate an Ultimaker Cura profile for it on my Ender 3 today with limited success. I've had severe issues with the filament not sticking to the build ...
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How is E value calculated in Slic3r?

I want to know the math behind how Slic3r calculates E values. $E_{value}$ represents amount of filament in mm (unless volumetric extrusion is selected) that has to be fed into the hotend to obtain a ...
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Wavy lines on 1st layer only

I'm getting wavy lines on the first layer only in both the x and y direction identically. The first layer is 0.4 mm with a 0.4 mm tip. The other layers are 0.2 mm. I've tried changing the Z offset ...
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Ultimaker Original+: print has lumps and small gaps are being filled

Brand new to 3D printing and have an Ultimaker Original + using PLA (2.85mm). The nozzle/extruder temperature is 200C and the bed/plate is 60C. I installed the Cura software on my Windows 10 box. I ...
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Stuck getting ANet A8 Printer to build layers [duplicate]

I have excitedly decided to get my feet wet in the 3D printing world, and being that budget is fairly small got myself an ANet A8 3D printer. I have it all assembled and am able to 'print' however I ...
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Ender 3 Pro extruder drive rocking back and forth

I've been running this Ender 3 Pro for quite some time with no problem up until recently. The issue was the printer refused to extrude filament (the extruder stepper seems to be rocking back and forth)...
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Why and how am I supposed to change the extrusion multiplier? [duplicate]

The slicing software knows exactly (given accurate E-step, filament diameter, nozzle diameter values) how much cold plastic is pushed in the extruder and how much mass is extruded. Why should the ...