Questions tagged [layer-height]

Questions relating to the resolution of print layers, that is prints parallel to the Z-plane.

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Are thick layer lines easier to sand and fill than thin layer lines for low detail objects

When printing an object on an FDM printer, is it easier to sand and fill thick layer lines than thin layer lines for low detail objects such as small plates for cosplay armor (Under 6 inches in size ...
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FlashPrint Slicer: Second layer overlapping with first layer

When printing using FlashPrinter v4 or v5, the second layer of the model is not with respects to the first layer's thickness nor height. This can result in the second layer being below the first, the ...
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How thin should I print a logo so that it is flexible enough to wrap around a curved object?

I want to print out a flat object without any support structure straight onto the build plate of my ender 5. It's going to be PLA and I need it to be thin enough to still be flexible. I don't have a ...
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Print limitations with 0.4 mm nozzle

Is it possible to 3D print multiple 0.1 mm high layers with a 0.4 mm diameter nozzle in FDM while ensuring fidelity to the set layer height? The raster width is set at 0.4 mm and I am not touching ...
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What is the thickest sensible layer height that an Ender 5 will print at?

I'm going to 3D print a series of scaffolds and armatures that I'm going to use as the skeleton\structure for clay sculptures as an alternative to using twisted wire, because I can print dozens of ...
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First / bottom layers not printing?

New to the group so please let me know if I am not asking / formatting correctly. So I have just started 3D resin printing with my new Elegoo Saturn. I have printed a couple of free STL files with no ...
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Why does my print have extra layer(s) which keep moving parts locked?

I just bought & received my first 3D printer and built it and tried my first print on it. It is this printer ELEGOO Neptune 2S I printed the following item (chip clip) as a test. The top of the ...
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What are the maximum recommended layer height settings for a large but low detail model on an Elgoo Saturn?

On an Elegoo Saturn resin printer, I'm going to print some background scenery. The models have large flat surfaces and little detail. I will add this later using traditional modelling methods. I want ...
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First layer inconsistency

I have been having issues on my Ender 3 v2 for a while regarding the first layer. As shown in the images, certain sections of the layer are decent while there are almost seemingly periodic points in ...
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My first 3D print, will my setting work?

I'm planning to print using a public 3D printer (Ultimaker 3) and was wondering if my settings will work. There is a 4 hour time limit. The parts don't need to be strong. I've provided some ...
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Maximum recommended layer height for an Elegoo Saturn?

I have an Elegoo Saturn resin printer and I want to print out some low detail models that are about three inches on each side. I'm going to add the detail in using traditional modelling, kit-bashing ...
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Weird layer cross section resonances

While doing the setup of a new machine I printed a small retraction test which showed that layers at different heights present a varying section. The whole area of the layer is expanding and ...
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Adjusting layer exposure time for different layer thicknesses

I purchased a bottle of Siraya-Tech Simple Clear and Siraya-Tech has good documents on their resins with printing guidelines like for the simple clear (see their Simple User Guide). This gives good ...
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First half of the prints are getting stretched on the Z axis

I have an Ender 3 Pro with a BLTouch 3.1 attached and I have this weird problem. Whatever I print, whether it's a 3rd party STL ...
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Does the Creality Ender 3 allow variable layer thickness?

I'm new to the 3D printing world but I've been using some of the 3D printers at my local library, and am now interested in purchasing my own! One thing that's important for my projects is being able ...
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Z-axis scale wrong

When printing the Z-axis appears out of scale. I'm using a self-built 3D printer. For example: When printing a 10x10x10 mm cube, the Z height is 9.01 mm; When printing a 20x20x20 mm cube, the Z ...
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Flow + Line Width = over / under extrusion, how does that work?

I am just trying to deeply understand relations between those parameters. I am not a noobie, but just trying to be more smart with a printer, instead of changing parameters randomly to see effects on ...
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Delamination issue Ender 3 Pro PLA

I recently bought some SUNLU PLA black filament and was attempting a small print with it and it started to come out in strings and lumps and was incredibly inconsistent. Before this I'd been using ...
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Why do slicers have nozzle size settings? [duplicate]

It seems to me that the size of hole in the nozzle shouldn't matter in and of itself. If you program in the layer height and line width, then the same amount of plastic has to be extruded, no matter ...
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Partially missed / dragged layers

I'm trying to diagnose a print issue that looks like a missed layer (sorry, first-time printer here) and Specs: Printer: QIDI Tech X-Plus (direct drive). Material: PLA. Extruder temp: 200 °...
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My first layer becomes solid when sections are supposed to have small separations

I've only been 3D printing for a few weeks and most of my prints seem to come out fine, but when I try to print models which require a small clearance between sections of the model, e.g. various ...
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Smaller outer layer height?

I am printing minis and other very detailes stuff and I find that 0.04 mm layer height gives the best looking (smoothest) result. However it takes a long time, so I am looking for ways to speed it up. ...
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ABS prints consistently splitting in the same place

I am printing ABS in an enclosure and most of the prints have worked out well with minor tweaking. However, the top layer always seems to split or skip a step (not sure which). The cube is sliced in ...
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Does matching whole Z-motor steps for layer height actually matter on Ender 3?

This question asks about computing the fundamental layer height unit for full Z-motor steps, on the basis of a theory that layer thickness can be inconsistent if the height is at different micro-...
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Path of a nozzle crosses over itself

I built my first printer couple of days ago. I started printing small models (20x20 mm max.) and everything was alright at first. However, when I tried to print a bit larger models, I started ...
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Under-extrusion after a certain amount of successful layers?

My CR-10 is starting prints, BUT then makes weird spiral pattern, layers go up vertically with large gaps. Hollow infill. I don’t know if it’s: - My Slicing skills - original files - the printer ...
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How specific can I get setting layer heights?

When choosing a layer height, I know that often you go as fine as your printer will do for better precision, but sometimes you go a little thicker, for speed, for example. I also see 0.1 mm and ...
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Prusa i3 MK3 latest release first layer calibration issues

I am trying to get my first layer calibrating done but no matter what I do, I can not get the lines sticking to the bed. My first question is the distance of the P.I.N.D.A. What I did was what Prusa ...
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Prusa i3 pro b second layer failure

I just bought a 3D printer => Geeetech Prusa i3 b. I build it myself and I'm trying to print the famous boat, the Benchy one. Here's my settings (I've tried Repetier host and Slic3r or Ultimaker ...
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Print speed and settings for printing below 0.1mm resolution on PLA

I recently purchased an Anycubic Kossel Linear Plus delta printer, and I'm interested in trying to print slightly below the 0.1 mm stated lower limit of layer height. I'm not interested in trying to ...
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How thick is 0.1 mm?

I have a printer with a 0.1 mm typical layer thickness. Of course I can choose some different sizes in Cura or other slicing software, but most prints on this machine will be .1mm. In my (admittedly ...
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Layer 1 won't adhere anymore

I have a new Tevo Tornado, which I have completed two good prints with, a 20x20 test cube from the supplied SD and the spool holder also from the SD. I say this to note that the printer was capable of ...
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Adhesion problem (heat bed or extruder issue)

I am having an issue with the transition from the first layer to the second. It seems that the first layer isn’t staying put on the hot bed and the extruder is dragging it around creating a ball of ...
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First layer height problem after changing nozzle

I have a problem with my first layer height. But lets start at the beginning: I own a Tevo Tarantula Dual extruder printer with a endstop switch for Z axis. No Auto bed level. 0.4mm nozzle. ...
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1st layer problems with .1 layer height

I re-read my question and realized I made a confusing one, so I am rewording a LOT. So the software I use is Craftware. When it comes to the first layer I have it set to .25mm, with the following ...
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Anet A8 - first couple of layer are trash

I just got an Anet A8 and I'm pretty happy with it except for one small detail: All my prints start like this. I tried to : pre-heat the printer ❌ add a smaller height of the first layer ❌ I’m ...
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Nozzle rubs on previous layers

I'm having a frustrating problem with my recent built custom 3D printer so every single print I made, from the third layer, the nozzle is "rubbing" on the already placed filament. This ...
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Can you print at 0.3 mm with a 0.2 mm nozzle?

I recently ordered some spare E3D 0.4 mm nozzles. However, there was a mix up at the factory and they delivered 0.2 mm nozzles instead. I usually print at 0.3 mm using a 0.4 mm ...
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First layer overlap on one side

When printing the first layer, the infill overlaps on just one side of my print. Thereupon there's a rough, and a lot higher, surface on the first few millimeters after the wall. Printer: Arduino ...
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How does the sizes of nozzle diameter and the Z-axis layer resolution work?

I have a 3D Printer with 0.4 mm (400 micron) nozzle length and the printer guide suggests that it can print up to a layer thickness of 60 micron and has a accuracy up to 100 micron. What I'm ...
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Do I need to recalibrate z-probe offset every time I switch to a different layer height?

It occurs to me that I'm never really thinking about layer height when I calibrate my z-probe offset. This is obviously an oversight, because I'll want my nozzle to start higher for 0.3mm layers than ...
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Is it necessary to have both hot ends on a dual extruder printer at the same height?

I'm thinking of another extruder on my printer, and I'm curious about this one.... Is it necessary to have both hot ends on same height? Why yes / why not? (if there is not)