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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Ender 3 Pro elephant's foot

I recently got an Ender 3 Pro and had a blast with it for the first few days, but then I got greedy for a better print and threw off my calibration with some "upgrades" and ended up with ...
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Non-Manifold .stl file won't print properly on my ToyBox 3D printer

I am trying to print this really cool flying toy model on my ToyBox 3D printer, but when I try to print the "copter_key-175.stl" file it complains it is a "non-manifold shape". How ...
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One rough corner with blobs

Neptune 2, Polyterra PLA at 200/45 °C, Cura 4.11. I'm tuning the settings and one of the test prints is a keycap, all the corners except one print just fine, that problematic one shows heavy blobbing ...
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Large prints cracking

I'm trying to print large objects (around 1 meter squared) with polycarbonate pellets. The problem is sometimes the print cracks. It is not due to delamination as it is a shear crack across multiple ...
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What can these horizontal lines be caused by?

I have changed stock Anet A8 board (Anet v1.5) to new SKR 1.4 with TMC2209. Then I found out these lines on the walls, I don't know how to determine it. Previously this wasn't so visible, but now it ...
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3D printer in a wardrobe

I was wondering if I can/should put my 3D printer into a wardrobe. Would it make my clothes smell? (They won’t be directly next to it) . I was wondering if it could make the printer overheat, or make ...
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Inconsistent layer widths and uneven outer walls

I have problems with layer widths and uneven outer walls on my 3D prints. Sometimes layers are squeezed and sometimes pushed outside. I noticed that these problems happen when there are retractions on ...
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Pimples/blisters on some curves - cause?

I've noticed my Ender 3 V2 printing odd little bubbles of material on curves. Is this over-extrusion? I'm using Creality PLA at 210 °C with a bed temperature of 60 °C The opposite side of the same ...
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Assistance for tower alignment for "tower of Pisa" print issue

I'm faced with a "tower of Pisa" issue on my FLSUN Super Racer Delta printer for which I need some assistance. If anyone can assist in interoperating the values. I measured from the outside ...
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Delta printer distortion

I have make a little test with 4 dots aligned with A tower, B and C tower. Distance W and S are the same in the stl but not in the print. I have tried diferent values of diagonal root but S always is ...
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Why are Islands sometimes detected when you combine Chitubox file, but not when you slice models individually?

When making large or complex models I frequently divide them up into smaller parts for printing on my Elegoo Saturn resin printer. I find it easier to paint the parts separately and then combine them, ...
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Problem with grid infill (line positioning)

I have a problem with the grid infill on my BCN3D+ Dual Paste extruder: when I print a structure the lines of the infill are not evenly printed, every two lines the gap between the lines is higher (...
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OctoPi and sub-recommended hardware spec? [duplicate]

I have an Ender 3 V2 running off a Raspberry Pi and Octoprint, and it works. I'm trying to tune the prints and improve output, and I'm not sure how much impact the Pi has on the print quality. The ...
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Print gets worse with every layer - Ender 3

First of all, I'm still new to this 3D printing and I've bought myself a second hand Ender 3 with some mods done to it. I've successfully printed with PLA in different colors but after a good first ...
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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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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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Weird wall patterns on Ender 3 Pro

I have an Ender 3 Pro with a 3D printed direct drive extruder on it. After switching to the direct drive, I noticed weird lines and patterns forming. I've tried everything imaginable, besides it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Under extrusion when starting outer wall

See the pictures below. I have a severe under extrusion when the printer starts the outer wall, which is resolved by the time it finishes the outer wall. It starts the layer in the same place every ...
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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 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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Infill not reaching perimeter

I've got several examples like the image below where the perimeter either doesn't bond to, or doesn't reach the infill. I tried adjusting the infill overlap ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is causing these artifacts when the extruder moves in one direction?

I have a Prusa i3 that I am mostly happy with. However, I am seeing these strange artifacts when the extruder moves along one axis in one direction - in particular from the back of the printer towards ...

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