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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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Damage and preventive measures for green cutting disc?

Many users who have used green cutting disc know that when they use it for cutting production, they will always encounter some problems or cause some harm to the operator due to improper use. What are ...
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Is it possible to use Three.js to determine the wall thickness of an STL file? [on hold]

I am using a node app that displays stls online & analyzes them. Is it possible to determine the minimum wall thickness of the stl just like 3D Hubs print analyzer does?
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Prevent stopping and heating in the middle of the print

In my latest 3D model, the Prusa i3 MK3 stops, heats and then continues the print. However, there's no noticeable drop in temperature. The display shows 210°C/90°C (nozzle/bed) as expected. I have ...
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Print Lines Aren't Joining Together

I have encountered a problem where the print lines are not joining together, when I remove it from the plate it turns into a stringy mess. I am not sure what the problem is because I print out models ...
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Gizmo3D SLA + Monocure resins not curing

I am working with a "Gizmo3D" type DLP resin printer, and using Monocure "General Grey" resin. I'm having some issues with getting this resin to cure to the build plate well enough to prevent it from ...
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Getting worse quality prints on 0.05 mm than on 0.10 mm layer height on Prusa i3 MK3

I have a new Prusa i3 MK3 and I have noticed that my prints consistently turn out worse on 0.05 mm layer heights than on 0.10 mm. The edges of the 0.05 mm prints turn out rough and sometimes stringy. ...
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What are the most common 3D printing file formats?

What are the most common 3D printing file formats, and which one is more effective or used more than others?
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Is my printer over extruding?

I'm getting some slight pooling on the end of straight lines on my Ender-3 Is this due to over extruding? Or some other issue?
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How does one use a heat tower?

I've been asking around on how to choose the right temperature for a given filament. I noticed that with two different brands of pla I have to print at different temperatures, and the manufacturer ...
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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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What causes ripples on part of first layer?

I'm having issues with ripples on the first layer of big flat prints. The initial corner of a big flat print is fine, but then ripples begin to form as shown in the screenshot. I'm just a newbie, so ...
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What is wrong with my first layers?

I just assembled a Prusa i3 MK3 and went through the calibration process, but when I print the first layer doesn't look good and my prints come unstuck from the bed. I think it might be Z height but ...
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Extruder drive cog slipping on filament

I've been printing PLA on a Pegasus 12" for 2 years. Print quality has been great but in the last few months the quality of the prints has deteriorated. After looking into it, it seems when the head ...
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Hemispherical Bowl : how is it possible?

I was reading up about how to extrusion print an overhang greater than 45 degrees, when something weird stuck me. I see lots and lots of 3D extrusion printed bowls that have perfectly printed ...
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Creality CR-10 slightly jerks when moves from right to left

So when CR-10 prints square (like on the video starting from 6 second) while being in the top right corner extruder jerks i.e. slightly moves to the right and then continues movement to the left. So ...
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How can I have a large 3D printed object?

I have a concept that's roughly 18"x30" (about 457x762 mm), and I just realized that the Makerbot and similar printers only allow dimensions around the size of a piece of paper. What are other options?...
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How to avoid collisions with already printed objects?

When printing several objects, I recently encountered a problem that arises when the structure in itself is relatively thin or the support towers have a small surface: the printhead would in motion ...
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Anet A8 prints not good

I bought my Anet A8 less than 2 weeks ago. The setup went fine. In the first 1 week, I printed a lot, and the quality was really good. Now, the quality of prints is really bad. The infill is terrible, ...
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Filament Balling up on random parts of a print

The skirt prints out ok, but there is balling up of filament on some of the prints. I am printing 50 small parts at a go, and the last 4 batches were perfect, but the fifth batch had filament ...
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Unknown issue affecting print quality

I have been having issues with a vase print using a FlashForge Creator Pro. I am using the default slicer for the printer(FlashPrint) because the Creator Pro only accepts x3g rather than Gcode. The ...
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Why does my part-cooling fan cause stringing?

Really strange observation with my MP Select Mini V2 printing PLA. I've printed a dual-fan shroud so I can have a dedicated part-cooling fan. I've noticed that when I turn it on, the extruder starts ...
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Ender 3 Calibration Cube Fail + Can't Print Circles

After noticing that my ender 3 couldn't print a 'perfect' circle I decided to use a calibration cube to see if that could be the issue. These were my results: I did have some successful prints before ...
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3D printer ends print by sinking in to it and getting stuck

I am using cura with M3D entry level printer. When I print things more than 6-7cm/2.5-3inches, at the end of the print, the hot end sink back into the print then gets stuck as it tries to return to ...
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Leapfrog Creatr HS stops mid print (extruders not clogged)

I have tried to print a 3D model with Creatr HS from Leapfrog. This print failed twice. The 3D model is the same, .gcode the same. Surprisingly it failed at different stage. Please look at the ...
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Sudden underextrusion on Ender3

I have printed a couple weeks perfectly fine with my Ender 3. Two weeks ago I changed the firmware but the settings were all fine and resulted in good prints. Now, suddenly during a print the ...
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Can 3d-printing be used to print drone frames which carry around 4 kilograms? [closed]

What about the strength parameters? Where can I give CAD models to print them and receive them? Please guide me.
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Extrusion is not continuous

Issue: Printing is not continuous. Observation: While printing, the upper layer of the nozzle is leaking. And also the printing is not continuous, the layers are not formed properly. Practices: ...
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Relation between layer height and bond strength

I've seen many references to a FDM print being weakest in the Z axis, due to poor bonding between layers compared to the extruded walls. Thinking about optimising this for a specific material (...
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Strange layer separation issues on Ender 3

I got my Ender 3 a couple weeks ago. Within a couple days of test prints, I was able to get it working pretty well. Prints looked great. However, I installed a more permanent solution to my X-Gantry ...
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Should I vary the first layer height

Up till now, I've tended to scale my first layer according to the print quality, so a .12 first layer for a 0.08mm print, and 0.28mm for a 0.2mm print. After changing to a PLA which isn't sticking ...
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How to make moving parts not stick together?

I am new to the 3D printing world and I would appreciate if someone can give me advice on how to 3D print moving parts without them sticking together. I recently 3D printed the predator pliers from ...
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First layer of print comes out poorly even when placed on a raft (which prints fine)

I'm printing PLA with the Creality Ender 2 and my print comes out totally fine with the exception of the first layer. Here's the weird part though, if I place a raft or a brim below/around the print -...
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What prints can I do to test/calibrate my printer for precision?

I specifically want to test calibration tolerances precision accuracy I'm having trouble with Print in Place models and I'm trying to find out if there's something I can do to improve my print ...
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Replicator+ Experimental Extruder Filament Slipping Error

I'm experimenting with MakerBot's new "Experimental Extruder" which essentially opens their software (MakerBot Print) to change traditionally "behind-the-scenes" settings like retract rate/distance, ...
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What printer should I consider for printing microfluidic channels? [closed]

I am looking to purchase a 3D printer for the fabrication of microfluidics. I am looking for a printer that can print channels with less than 200 µm cross-sections, preferably, can print ...
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Printing with colorfabb XT fails after several successful layers

I'm printing parts for a HEVO (HyperCube Evolution CoreXY), using Colorfabb XT filament. After several successful prints. I'm having a lot of failed prints. They start off pretty well but after ~15 ...
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3D Printer makes steps at Y axis (in some cases)

I have bought the Tevo Tarantula 3D Printer Kit. When I'm printing something that I created (using Cinema 4D), the printer prints it without any problems, but, when I download something from the ...
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Print quality of Kossel clone for Print in Place models

My first printer is Delta style Kossel clone and I have bad luck with Print In Place (PIP) models, especially with hinges. I suspect that my printer just can't achieve low enough tolerances to make ...
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What do you call this effect in 3D printing and how can I remove it?

I have a Bowden extruder in my printer setup. Everything works great except this effect which must be related with retraction and is generated on Z layer change: The model itself, is printed in ...
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Artefacts when printing parallel to X axis

If you can help me with troubleshooting the artefact shown in the attached photo that would be great. It only happens when I print the Benchy parallel to the X axis and when I print parallel to Y axis ...
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Can 3D printers, such as a TronXY X1, handle 24/7 projects?

I have an incoming project and the only 3D printer available to me is the TronXY X1. So the question is: Can it handle at least four days of continuous load or should I search for an alternate ...
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Should black high temperature ABS flow in direct sunlight?

I bought a digital sundial online and deployed it in (what else?) direct sunlight in DC in June. Within 30 minutes the gnomon started to sag and the mount started to pull away from the gnomon at the ...
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Line width changes depending on the direction the print head moves

I just re-ran all basic calibration steps from the Original Prusa i3 MK2 Manual. Now, when doing the first layer calibration, lines that are running in positive X direction are ok, while those ...
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Zortrax M200 skipping extruder

My Zortrax M200 has a skipping extruder motor, I’ve checked the seating of all connections and 3 different (electronic ribbon) cables and still can’t fix the issue. The gear is clean and have tried ...
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What is retract speed & length?

On a 3D XYZ printer extruder, I found two terms I have no idea about: retract speed retract length What are these and why/how should they be set?
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Strange grooves with ABS

I am experiencing strange grooves in my ABS prints; with PLA everything is fine. Some layers seem to randomly overextruded and others underextruded. My parameters: Temp: 240°C Retraction Distance: 5&...
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What is causing the walls of my prints to separate?

I have been having an issue with certain portions of the walls of certain prints becoming separated from the rest of the model. It happens with smooth vertical edges. Specifically, this model, ID ...
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Why turning off model cooling for first layer?

I had few printing troubles for first layer yesterday (will certainly ask there as soon as I can take photos) but one of the things I've noticed is that the model cooling fan (the fan that is supposed ...
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Raw material for 3D printed injection mold

If I have to make an injection mold (for resin based raw material) using 3D printing, what raw material should I choose – PLA, ABS, HIPS etc.
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What are various types of supports required in slicing the CAD model?

Also, a visualization of the various types of supports required in slicing the CAD model is a plus. I'm just getting started with Rapid prototyping and I had no idea about that. Is there any type of ...