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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Issues with print Prusa i3 infill breaking and causing clogs

I'm having some issues with my Prusa i3 prints. I'm trying to print the default beer opener print that came with the Prusa's memory card but the infill will break causing clogging and now allowing the ...
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Prusa MK3S weird 'Blobs' on PLA print surface

This is the first time I've run into this problem and it seems very confusing. I wanted to print a simple functional part out of PLA and although the first few layers were fine, the 6th/7th layer ...
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Prusa MK3S Nylon&ABS print failures

I'm using Prusa i3 MK3S and every time I want to create a durable, impact resistant part, I use ABS/Nylon. The problem is, however, that when I print something small (of less than 1 cm width for ...
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Ender 5 Pro print quality issue

I got my 3D printer from Creality 1 day ago. My dog off the SD card came perfectly, Benchy was also printed almost flawlessly. I used standard Benchy settings on all my prints. Now I tried making a ...
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Less filament from the half to the end

since some prints my printer (Geeetech i3) prints less and less filament over time: Notice, that the beginning is printed well: My settings for this print (Slic3r): ...
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What kind of problem is this? How does it correct itself?

I fired up my printer again last night to print something (Printrbot LC that I have customized), and happened to notice the Octopi instance still had a file that I printed ~5 years ago. Also, I ...
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Why are my layers messy and curling off the print bed?

I use an Ender 3, with cheap Amazon "Eryone PLA", which states a range from 190-220 °C, 1.75 mm dia. I have had this for about a year. I use the rough build plate, not the glass. I have ...
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Layer Separation Where A Previous Layer Ends

I have a problem with my prints having a small separation gap between layers when I have a corner and the Z layer ends or starts for a partial distance. The gap reminds me of a gap between a print and ...
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How do the Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Metal Parts Compare to Parts Made by Investment Casting?

I have read quite a few articles discussing various issues with 3D printed metal parts, a few are listed below. (Ref 1 thru 4) However, I was not able to find any sources of information ...
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Bad print quality on Creality Ender 3

About 1.5 months ago I changed the springs of my printing bed and since then I have had the same problem again and again. Strangely enough, it only happens sometimes. I have already realigned the ...
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Help troubleshooting: wavy/lifting lines [duplicate]

Can someone help me troubleshoot? Seems like it's sticking to the bed, but not well, as lines are somewhat wavy or lifting. Is it related to adhesion? Or maybe I need to clean my extruder? I think I'...
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Lack of smoothness / homogeneity in several first layers of print

I have a LultzBot TAZ 6 3D printer and the software I use for my prints is "Cura LulzBot Edition - 3.6.3". All of my printing settings/parameters are at their defaults (i.e. no personal customization ...
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Overhanging section of part turns into spaghetti

A part I've printed (on a Monoprice Maker Select V2, sliced with Cura) has a small peg on it, which is an unsupported overhanging section of the model. The first few layers of the peg end up a mess ...
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Is E-axis steps/mm resolution limiting factor in print quality?

I've been noticing in some of my linear advance test towers that the (very minor/fine) ripple pattern in walls varies with the K factor, which made me think that it isn't coming from any vibration in ...
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How can I solve the problem of line distortions on my prints?

Hello guys I have a little problem with printing. Whenever I print something there are always these lines my printer does, it's not a very big deal, but it looks rather ugly and I'd really appreciate ...
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Print of fine hole seems to twist

My model is a keycap for mechanical keyboards. There is the cap itself, and a stem with a hole in the form of a cross, which fits the switches themselves. I print in the same position as it is ...
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Can this part be 3D printed?

I have an old air conditioner and most of the vent flaps/louvres are missing. I've modelled it in Solidworks, but can it be printed? Are the tips too small for 3D printers? It's about 14 cm long ...
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Weird deformities on surfaces with ender 3 [duplicate]

Today I noticed some weird holes/deformities on the surface of this simple usb holder I printed. Since I'm fairly new to 3d printing I have no idea what may be the cause of this problem My printer is ...
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What level of detail can be expected from a consumer-grade SLS printer?

I'd like to prefix this question with the fact that I know virtually nothing about 3D printers, aside from the general principles of how they work. I've recently seen that SLS printers have become ...
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Why could my opaque PETG be printing “transparent” in certain places?

I'm printing with opaque grey PETG on glass. The intention is to produce a house number plate, so a shiny, production quality finish on the bottom. For this reason, extruding at 245 °C with a bed ...
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Poor surface quality when sweep interrupted

I just started 3D printing a few weeks ago, so I'm still trying to get a handle on the tricks. I printed something with a flat surface and a few raised pieces (shown below). I'm pretty happy with the ...
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problem sculpt option meshmixer

I wanted to know how I can solve this problem. When using the sculpt option in meshmixer, the cursor appears black instead of being transparent or gray. If anyone can tell me how to fix it, I ...
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Inconsistent vertical walls on a Robo 3D R1+

I'm trying to troubleshoot an issue with my 3D printer (Robo 3D R1+). It cannot print vertical walls well any more. Here is a picture of what it looks like: The walls are very inconsistent. To ...
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Edge warping on BIQU Magician

Whenever I print something on my BIQU Magician 3D printer, there is often edge warping. What should I do to resolve this problem?
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Ender3 printing flattened on X axis

I'm fairly new to the amazing world of 3D printing, with an Ender3X. Default model (the dog) worked very fine, but I'm experiencing some issues with some of the printer improvement parts I decided to ...
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3D print Ember Autodesk issues affect print quality

does anyone know something about Autodesk Ember print issues? Currently I am working on my master thesis and I would like to print with the Ember 3D printer a holder (see attachment) using the ...
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How to avoid line curvature in first layer of a 3D print

I have a problem with large lines in the first layer of my prints which have curvatures. The last layer has no problems. You can see the problem in the horizontal line of the "A", the rest of the "A" ...
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Filament spreading apart and stringy on first layer

I keep having this issue on prints where the first layer has stringy lines that don't stick together. I've tried the following things Replaced nozzle and throat Used new filament (to rule out ...
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Fixing Z-Hop Stringing

I'm printing a model on my Ender 3 in Mika3D Silk PLA, which (just for reference, this is not atypical) has a stated temperature of 200 °C to 235 °C. I have used this filament before ...
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Ender 5 Printing Issues

I'm brand new to 3D printing. Just got me an Ender 5 Pro. After messing around for the last couple of days with bed leveling, I'm finally able to get consistent first level all thought I have to ...
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Printer extrudes too little filament at beginning and end of extrusion

I've bought a new type of filament (GreenTEC Pro Natural) for my Anycubic Mega i3 to print some food-safe cookie cutters. Now I have changed the print settings to an extruder temperature of 210 &...
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Removing Supports Inside Cone

I'm new to 3D printing. I've made some projects before just fine, but this project is giving me problems. I 3D printed a trumpet mouthpiece, and the printer made supports inside the mouthpiece funnel....
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Clearance between moving parts

I am using a Prusa printer to print parts for prototyping. The project I am currently working on needs parts to be able to slide against each other and they need to be printed together. A bit like ...
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Why am I getting Z banding/shifted layer on a single layer?

While I was calibrating my flow rate/extrusion multiplier, I noticed that one layer is shifted slightly. I wanted to re-print the cube in-case it was a fluke, but after two more prints, I saw that the ...
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Great prints then suddenly terrible quality

I've been printing with my Ender 3 for a while now and it's been great. I've had very few problems - depending on my settings, these are my typical first layers: However with no settings or ...
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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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The part printed correctly except few layers

As you can see from the picture, the part is good except some missing layers near the bottom. I have tried to search for this problem but nothing similar appeared. So, what might be the cause and what ...
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Anycubic Kossel Plus raises the Printhead around the corners of the bed too High if the print is too close to the corners

Hi guys I am quite new to 3D printing. I am having this problem with the printhead rising too high during printing when it gets near to the beds' borders. It isn't a problem with smaller prints but it ...
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3D printing overhangs that are over .200 in

I am new to 3D printing but have been in CNC Machining for a few years. I have a part I am trying to print that is a cylinder 1.000 in. in diameter and has a .200 in overhang starting at 1.300 in. In ...
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Why is some part of the print not aligned?

I'm using a Prusa Slicer with a FlyingBear Ghost 4 and got a wrong printing alignments on the Y axis only on a part of the printing object. What may cause this? Here are the printed model pictures ...
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Vertical lines with no layer adhesion

I have an Ender 3 Pro which I use together with Cura 4.2.1 (and Octoprint). I print in PLA at 180°C. The print bed is set to 70°C. The Bed temperature is lower though, since I use a glas bed on top of ...
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Resin burns to transparent sheet

I recently bought a Kelant s400 LCD DLP 3D printer. I am using Wanhao resin (green) to print, using the recommended settings from Wanhao. I was printing a hollowed out cube as a test and it printed ...
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What causes these blobby corners

Contrary to a lot of other corner related problems (where the corners are bulging), I seem to have a different problem where the corners (ONLY) seem to stick out and appear blobby in the x/y plane. ...
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E3D V6 Original vs Clone

What is the difference between an original E3D V6 rather than a clone? I know an original would have its own advantages, since there is a huge price difference between the two. Will there be a huge ...
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Uneven layers- Ender 3

I got my ender 3 about a month ago, it was working fine. Tried a new brand, overture, this is when I started experiencing problems. First, I was clogging nozzles left and right, then I went back to ...
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Top surface scarring even with Z hop

When the print is finished, it looks like the extruder is digging into the top layer as it returns to home? I tried adding Z hop at 5 mm but it's not really helping. Sorry for the picture, ...
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How to fight lots of stringing with PLA at low temperature (185 °C)?

I just got my first 3D printer (Creality Ender 3) on Friday, 2 days ago. It works great, but for some reason I'm getting a lot of stringing on my prints, especially the ones where the extruder head ...
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Why do my prints have such a rough surface? (Taz Lulzbot Pro)

Model: Taz Lulzbot Pro Things we tried to get it to work: Tried both ABS and PLA Hatchbox brand Uploaded new set of settings from another printer of the same brand that works using the hatchbox. ...
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Uneven motion in X and Y directions after attempting to adjust Z motion in ADVI3++

A few weeks back I updated my Monoprice Maker Select Plus from the stock firmware to ADVi3++ 3.0.2. I've put more than 20 prints through the machine since then and everything has been fine. One of ...
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Inconsistent Layer Issues

I was having some issues with printing, most noticeably in this picture: The layers are very noticeable and sometimes have gaps, and the overhangs don't print very well (although the former is more ...

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