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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Bed surface stability vs head movement efficiency question

I have an STL (Raspberry Pi 4 casing) that automatically places itself like below on the bed surface: Would it be a better and more efficient print if I place it like this: At first, I thought this ...
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Under extrusion issue only in one vertical area but inconsistent

This is a new issue to me. I'm using Repetier and Cura to slice. I never had issues prior to this. What is throwing me off is the issue (Which appears to be under extrusion) only occurs on the front ...
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Need help printing a quality first layer, but having adhesion and fill issues

I am attempting to print a model that is too tall to print up-right and it has a large flat side that would be my first layer but ultimately would be the side of the object and I'd like it to look ...
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Lead screw orientation

Wouldn't it be better to mount lead screws with the motor on top and the bottom end unconstrained? Compared to the conventional way (motor on the bottom) the lead screw would be under constant tension ...
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Exploding bubbles while printing polycarbonate

I have a Kuka robot that I use to print large objects (output around 18 kg/hour). I am printing recycled polycarbonate pallets. The problem I am having is that exploding air bubbles are appearing ...
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Wavy corners when printing calibration cat

I've recently set up my Snapmaker 2.0 A350 again after moving apartments. I started by calibrating it. There was a couple of issues I'm familiar with that I could solve but one I don't know what to do ...
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Adventure 3 ABS problems with raft and quality

So I started using ABS yesterday, I have done multiple prints and the quality was amazing to start with, but now I'm getting small protrusions out of the layers. I use the FlashPrint fine settings for ...
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Printed object is half the height it should be

I am having extreme extrusion problems with my Ender 5. I had nearly perfect quality since I got it about 2 years ago but recently I replaced the board with a Creality 4.2.7 Silent Board and I'm ...
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Stringing on first layer unless I squish it

I switched over to a new filament recently (Sunlu PLA) and I can't get the first layer details to stick properly without squishing the first layer way too much. Prints don't always fail, but little ...
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3D printer is not printing as well as it used to

I have recently purchased an Ender 5 Pro and managed to successfully print a large titan model I created with no problem. After this print, I had a bit of a break before getting back to it. I don't ...
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Thin bead not adhering to itself or bed very well, what am I doing wrong

I'm just learning how to use a 3D printer, I have an Anycubic Mega Zero 2.0. When I start printing the PLA filament doesn't want to adhere very well. I have leveled it out and all of my corners on my ...
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Ender 3 V2 printing weak and messing up on the top 1/3 of the print

I’ve had this Ender 3 V2 for about 6 months, and it has been printing great, but every now and then I will get a brittle messed up top on my prints. I can simply crush these tops by just touching them,...
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Why is my outer wall layer printing with gaps and flaking off on this specific shape?

Printer: Ender 3 Pro - Direct drive, BLTouch, stock magnetic print bed surface Material: PLA - multiple brands Slicer Settings: Layer Height .2 mm Initial Layer Height .1 mm Line Width .4 mm (with .4 ...
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Inconsistent layer printing

I’ve had my 3D printer for about 2.5 years. Recently while I’ve been printing, it makes these small little gaps in the filament, like it can’t print consistently. I’m not sure if there’s something ...
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Why does Cura default to printing walls so slowly?

I just noticed the other day that my Ender 3 is printing stuff a lot slower than it can, and realized when I was slicing a part that it's because the default "Wall Print Speed" is half the &...
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Jagged edge on one side and not on the other side

As you can see the left side of the edge came out jagged. The right side came out just fine. What happened to the left side? I am using Ender 3 + BLTouch using Sunlu PLA+ with 200 °C hotend. Here are ...
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Inconsistent layer stacking

I'm throwing this out that as a long shot, as I'm not sure if anyone can help me, but maybe there's someone out there who had a similar issue and might have successfully dealt with this before. I'm ...
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Perimeters/shells not properly fusing - delamination

I come to you all in my time of need, as I have nowhere else to turn. I’ve been a 3D printer for about two years now. I have an Ender 5 Plus. Up to this point, all of my prints were fine straight out ...
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Need accurate 90º angle with respect to the table

I have a Tevo Flash. Normally, I don't care about perpendicularity with respect to the table. But now I have a 5" disc on a ball bearing, held by a 3D printed tube with a flat bottom. If the tube'...
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Does a sturdy table really matter?

There seems to be general consensus that, among other things, a sturdy table is important for print quality. Within reason, I don't understand why a wobbly table would be bad. Has anyone done a ...
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The chin piece of my print does not print properly

I am printing this piece using a 0.4 mm nozzle. It happens that the piece on the chin does not print properly. I have already tried the tree mode supports, touching the plate and in all the places but ...
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Diagonal sawtooth-looking print issue

I got this surface error in my prints using an Ender 5 with BLTouch. My printer prints a lot and is quite old. Is it possible that the steppers are done?
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Weird pattern on vertical surfaces on all prints

I recently received my Creality CR-6 SE printer and upgraded the controller board to a Bigtreetech SKR CR6 V1.0 and installed the latest community firmware. As you can see on the attached image, the ...
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Bad layers on prints on Ender 3 Max

I get these lines when printing most parts. I am using eSUN PLA+ at 205 °C (210 °C first layer) nozzle and 85 °C bed temps (it does not really want to stick below that on the stock build platform), ...
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Will there be any negative effects on the print process if the printer is outside?

If I buy a printer, it will be going on a small table on a front porch so as to keep the smell from the house. The porch has a roof, so precipitation is not a concern. I will find a way to keep the ...
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How do you remove rough edges from completed prints?

All of my completed prints come out with rough edges. What are some methods for removing rough edges from 3D prints? Also, are there any ways to reduce rough edges on prints? For reference, I use a ...
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Pause, rehome X/Y, resume

Every now and then I'll have a problem with layer shift. Solving this is a separate issue, but it occurred to me: most of the time when this happens I notice right away because of the noise. What if ...
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Horrid issues with printing with Anet A6?8?

I just recently got a printer, supposed to be a Prusa i3 Reprap clone. It came with Repetier firmware on it, and its previous owner had no idea about any calibration. I calibrated X-, Y-, and Z-axis ...
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Ender 3 v2 intermittent problem - clearly visible layers

I bought an Ender 3 v2 in January 2021 for my second printer. I have had an Ender 3 for two years and love the quality it prints. This new printer has been plagued with issues since day one. Creality ...
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Can I print an object with thin walls?

Most specifications for 3D printers show that the minimum wall thickness should be 1 mm. We printed our object using Selective Laser Sintering with Nylon12 through an online service, and although it ...
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What could cause these slight waves on the print?

The model of the test part is perfectly smooth and exported/sliced in very high resolution, yet there are slight waves on both axis. These waves are not visible in simulation. Converting to arcs via ...
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Ender 3 - Tiny strings in print

Suddenly my prints start having small strings and I'm not sure what to do to eliminate them. I have already tried to clean the filament tube, cleaned up the nozzle, and played with various retraction ...
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Problems with elephant's foot

I recently got an Ender 3 Pro for my birthday, and I am having some problems with elephant's foot (as the title suggests). I have tried several fixes; lowering the print speed, changing the print ...
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Strange vertical lines on X-axis direction of parts

This one is turning out to be a real head-scratcher. I'm running a stock Creality CR-10S and there seems to be a single line approx 45° across the print on the X-axis direction. I have attached images ...
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Wouldn't a higher flowrate for 2nd outer wall increase the print quality?

I mostly print mechanical parts and thus need dimensional accuracy. When calibrating my printer I stumbled over the fact, that some people calibrate flowrate with single wall prints which would give ...
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Unwanted texture at base of ABS print

I'm getting close with this print, but I'm seeing some rippling at the base that I can't seem to eliminate (see photo at the end of the post). The model is here if it helps. It seems that the texture ...
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Is it better use Nylon fillement for cold pull even if I have been using PLA?

Using Prusa I3 MK3S I am using PLA fillement and I need to do cold pull from time to time. I noticed many people on Internet suggestusing Nylon fillement for clod pull. I wanted to reach out to this ...
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Top and bottom of part not coming out smooth

I have an Ender 3 printer and can not figure out why the top and bottom layer of this print comes out the way it does every print. I have tried increasing the initial layer height to 0.3 mm and ...
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Problem with the first layers on the print

I ran out of ideas on what could cause my problem. Ender 3 Pro Nozzle temp 200 °C Bed temp 60 °C PLA filament Please look at the pictures. The first layers don't look nice. The top and the sides are ...
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Printing issue with X-axis motor

Here's an idea of what's going on. This is a picture of the progress during the first layer: Printing a simple calibration square, and as you can see, my X-axis is not moving like it should. I turned ...
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how to control fine details from overhanging part to not build upwards

I noticed that when printing small teeth on a pulley that the angle is not matching the design angle. I am printing without any support structure. Overview: Detail: Printed: The printed overhang ...
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Why are fast printed lines thinner?

I have run the K-factor Calibration Pattern generator to tune LIN_ADVANCE and found that when K=0, the whole middle part of the ...
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Calibration cube quality

I built an i3-style printer (it started a few years ago as an Anet A8 and now I replaced basically everything). I've been printing some stuff that doesn't really need to have a good quality look or ...
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Do printer controllers take inertia into account when interpreting G-code into movement instructions?

I've never built a 3D printer before, but I understand dynamical systems and control theory, and I imagine a lot of the distortion/inaccuracy that happens during the FDM process (especially at high ...
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How to accurately print a thin piece with a hole pattern

I'm quite new to 3D-printing. I need to build a curved piece with a hole pattern and I was wondering whether it was possible to print such a hole pattern accurately, with such a thin (3 mm) thickness ...
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Bottom rough edge

I am trying to get rid of the bottom rough edge of my printed jobs. It is on everything I print. I have adjusted my Initial layer settings but no change. I have the Ender 3 and using the provided ...
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Effects of static on 3D printers & print quality

I manage four 3D Printers for my college's robotics team. They are used pretty constantly throughout the school year; that is, they are used more as manufacturing printers than hobbyist printers. The ...
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Sudden deterioration of print quality on Prusa i3MK3S+

I've had my Prusa i3MK3S+ for a couple of months now, and done 100+ prints, and other than a few issues with first layer adhesion (which are pretty much solved now), have been getting consistently ...
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What's wrong with my prints?

I just got my printer for Christmas. It's an Ender 3 Pro. I ran two test prints and they came out great. However, after changing the filament from the one that came with the printer, my prints ...
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Printing problem on right half of printer

I am having an issue with prints set on the right side of my printer bed. I have leveled the bed, have a BLTouch and used a bed visualizer just to try and get it manually as level as possible. You can ...

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