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Questions tagged [print-quality]

Questions about troubleshooting and achieving certain print-quality. Please include photos of your problem, and also describe what the limits of your 'good' prints are.

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Ultra high precision and accuracy printing

I work in a teaching hospital and we have a research project we're interested in pursuing. We'd like to 3D Print tubes we'd implant into rats to help with nerve regeneration. We're interested in the ...
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How does acetone “rejuvenate” PEI?

The Prusa3d knowledge base mentions that acetone will "rejuvenate" PEI in addition to cleaning oil and grease from the surface. From a chemical perspective, how does acetone affect the PEI surface?
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Ender 3 first layer of ESD PLA printing on raft fails

I was asked to print something with ESD PLA and its coming out like this. Can you provide any tips on how to get a good print with this? Nozzle temp was 220 °C and it's printed on a raft.
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Sunken and rough bottom layer

Most of my part is printing very well, but I have problems in the bottom layer and in layers that are the first layers, but not necessarily layer 0. Looking at the print quality troubleshooting, I ...
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Strange problem with quality, what might be the reason for these bubbles?

I changed the filament, and to adjust filament temperature, I printed a test model and it looked good: But printing another part did not go so well: After the failed print I ran another test: ...
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CR-10 Layers not printing after certain amount of filament printed

I am printing on a CR-10 for the first time with white filament1. The problem is it seems that after a certain amount of filament printed one or two layers don't stick to the print which causes a huge ...
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Ultimaker 3 Extended prints pores in walls

We have a fairly new Ultimaker 3 Extended. When printing ABS with the AA0.8 nozzle and the recommended settings (up-to-date CURA) we receive a very poor wall quality that exposes some kind of pores. ...
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Success metrics for 3D prints [closed]

I'm doing some testing for objects in 3D printing for a report. I'm trying to get success metrics for it but a bit unsure of what else I could do since would ideally like hard values for it. For ...
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Long prints shifting with Ultimaker 2

I am currently using Ultimaker 2+ to print some big parts with PLA. As long as the printing lasts for less than 15 hours (that's what I observed by experience, approximately), there are no problems. ...
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Small dent problem

Whenever I print, I tend to have a small dent that appears on several of my prints, that are not in the original design. These are not following the layer orientation. As far as I notice, nothing ...
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Palette 2 w/ Ender 3 Printer [closed]

Has anyone had any luck with printing multi-colored prints with the Palette 2 on an Ender 3? If so, what is your steps/mm for the Ender 3 and your flow rate in whatever slicer you are using? I ...
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Strange outer skin print quality on Ender 3

Does anybody have an idea what causes the strange outer wall skin texture? I don't know why this happens; the inner wall looks fine, but the outer wall looks distorted. Also it's strange that the ...
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Odd print artifacts on same layer as large top surface

I printed the following object (I'm printing the single opening version, Flower_pot_3.STL), and observed an unusual print artifact. I would like some idea of what's going on so I can avoid it in the ...
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Progressively worse relative size error at smaller absolute sizes

I'm having a problem where the relative dimensional error of cylinders is rapidly increasing as the absolute size decreases. Printing a calibration stack of cylinders of diameters 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 ...
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Avoiding stringing with flexible filament

I have some flexible PLA filament (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VKSSA4E/, presumably a mix of PLA with some platicizer) that's supposed to be easy to print with settings similar to regular PLA. I've ...
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How to fix bulging first layers of print?

The bottom 1-6 layers of my prints always bulge, like an enlarged elephant foot effect. I've tried all the fixes for elephants foot to no avail. I'm using: XYZPrinting DaVinci Jr 1.0 Pro with their ...
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Ender 3 severe under-extrusion

I've been using my Ender 3 for about four months now and it's been working wonderfully. The print quality is amazing and all the prints are very strong. Then about three weeks ago, my entire system ...
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Small filament globules/bubbles in print using Ultimaker 3 extended

Lately, I've been having a problem with the surface of my prints. As shown in following picture: Printing material is PLA. I've changed the print core but even with a different print core it happens ...
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Cause of slicing artifacts layers not connecting diagonal errors

Sometimes my meshes turn out with artifacts Which can be seen in the bottom image. What is the cause? The first image shows my mesh which its generated from. I've tried multiple slicers. This tends to ...
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Ender3 printing tilted layers

I bought an Ender 3, and after assembling it following the description and some YouTube videos and after correct leveling, I printed the test dog gcode on the micro SD card that comes with the printer....
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Why does my printer create notches on the Y surface?

Here is an extreme example of notches caused by the printer. They go along all sides but are the strongest on the Y faces. They also happen quite randomly sometimes they are tiny sometimes they are ...
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Slicer settings for easy support material removal

What are the best settings for Ultimaker Cura to have support material that's easy to remove for my Anet A8. I have printed an object with two different spools of PLA (same manufacturer just different ...
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Is there any better way to make this transparent dome?

As part of a larger project, i'm trying to print a translucent green dome. I set it up as follows: In Blender, create an icosphere of the maximum allowed complexity. Cut it in half and throw away ...
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Inconsistent inner/outer dimensions

Using CuraEngine with my Ender 3, I'm getting what I'd call inconsistent inner and outer dimensions - for example, a nominally 3 mm peg is significantly larger than a 3 mm hole, and it takes ...
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The bottom few layers printed on Ender 3 are extruded wrong [duplicate]

For some reason, the bottom few layers printed on my Ender 3 are distorted. Used the benchy from http://www.3dbenchy.com/ and Cura 3.6.0, sliced with default settings for Ender 3 on the draft preset. ...
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Prusa mk3 printing rough surfaces

My Prusa mk3 has been making this sort of rough surface on prints, and I'm not sure what caused this. I am printing with PLA Prusament with 0.2 mm layer height at the preset for PLA. What is this,...
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Lower Layers are messy

This picture pretty much shows the problem: I print on a CR-10 and this thing is pretty much just a problem factory. Anyways, the latest problem that was never there before is that for some reason ...
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Print parts fail mid-print

I am trying to understand what could cause a misprint after several layers. It acts as if the extruder head bump to the PLA after a while. Thus moving the parts and then, it fails because it is not ...
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Temperature Tower came out too good

I've switched to a PLA of a different color and wanted to figure out what temperature my nozzle should be so I printed a temperature tower. However, the towers came out perfect and the only stringing ...
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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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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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Vibration marks when printing slowly on Y-axis

My Anet A8 prints come out with vibration marks when I print under 80 mm/s. Above that value, it's fine. Has anyone experienced something like this with any axis? The Y-axis motor also ...
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3DBenchy's bow prints out of alignment

I'm new to 3D printing, but I've solved all of my problems except for this rough surface shown in the image of a Benchy print: Any suggestions are appreciated. Printer (new): Raptor 2 (400x400x700&...
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Ridges and stepping in my prints

I'm having a problem where every few layers seems to be offset slightly, creating a stepping effect. The images below should be smooth along the sides, but having this ridge type effect. My question ...
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After market bed heater for Intamsys Funmat HT 3D Printer

I am in college and am doing a team competition to print PPSU filament, and get the best results. This is being put on by the Solvay company, who makes the material. Our team signed up and the ...
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Filament extrusion always stops at some point during print

I own a Creality CR-10 (using Ultimaker Cura for slicing) and I am experiencing terrible printing problems. My problem: I am not able to print anything that takes several hours to print. For parts ...
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Difficult to remove support material

I'm having a lot of difficulty removing support material without damaging the print. Are there any tips/tricks to doing this or is it just a case of sanding, cutting, chopping and then cleaning it up ...
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Small structures are deformed after switching to Duet Wifi

I just switched to the Duet Wifi board (used MKS Gen L 1.0 before) and now small structures look terrible. From my observations the hot end moves correctly, but almost no filament gets extruded. On ...
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What causes burnt corners?

Today I was printing some parts and I got these burn marks at the corners: This is the first time I see this on this printer (Anycubic I3 Mega). I was using more or less the same settings (in Cura) ...
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Mystery filament cleaning fluid

Whilst looking to fix a different problem I had I came across this video. It's a filament reel holder, but at 02:40 the person uses a mysterious fluid. I haven't seen anything like this before (...
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Bad layers in otherwise good prints

I can print a reasonably high quality print, but then there will be a millimetre or two of rubbish. This can happen at the start of a print, in the middle or at the end. It doesn't seem to be bad G-...
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Can I 3D-print print a PET bottle?

I want to print a transparent PET bottle for my homemade lemonades and thought about 3D-printing them. I would like the printed bottle's quality to be as fine as a Coca-Cola PET bottle for coke and ...
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Z-Axis does not appear to be working on Ender-3 Pro

So, the wife got me a Creality Ender-3 Pro 3d Printer for Christmas. Assembly was easy, axis movements are all solid... when I go to print the test-dog.gcode file provided with the machine, it comes ...
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My print failed and looks charred

I started a print on my Monoprice Select v2 and let it run. I'm printing with Dikale PLA at 200 °C extruder and 60 °C build plate temperatures. My initial layer speed is 30mm/s then ...
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Cube edges squished?

I printed a test cube with ABS on my Ender 3 and after some tuning, I still have a problem I cannot solve. Two of the vertical edges (I believe they are the ones on the X+ side) are slightly squished ...
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Why does my model stop printing at the same spot?

I have a Monoprice Maker Select v2 printer which has a printing height of 7". I tried to print this trophy. The first time I printed, it stopped about 3/4 of the way (about 5.5"). I use Ultimaker ...
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Makerbot Replicator (5th generation) poor print quality

Current main problem is that at various points during a print, one layer doesn’t attach well to the layer below it. That is what appears to be causing the artifacts in the second picture below, but ...
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Dramatic failure of calibration print

I printed out this calibration shape from Thingiverse with an unexpectedly catastrophic failure. It looks like there are a lot of things wrong here. I used the ...
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Evidence of a warped build plate?

The first layer is very patchy indeed. I've calibrated the build plate pretty accurately but even if it was a badly calibrated build plate I don't think it would have this effect. It doesn't seem to ...
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Ambient Temperature Range for Printer Storage/Usage

I've just joined the 3D Printing world and am patiently waiting for my printer to come in next week. I've been thinking about keeping my printer in the garage so that it stays out of the way of every ...