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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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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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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Gyroid infill affects outer walls

I was printing test cubes to adjust my extrusion ratio, and had ugly walls. I noticed that the pattern on the walls was always the same, and disappeared if I chose 0 % infill (gyroid from PrusaSlicer)....
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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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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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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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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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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 (this is the terminology, Ultimaker uses for ...
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Print turns into spaghetti on Ender 3 Pro

So I was printing a low poly bunny and all of a sudden the new layers didn't adhere to the other layers. I don't think it was printing an overhang. I have an ender 3 pro which I use together with Cura....
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Can't get rid of horizontal layer lines?

I have an Ender 3 V1 3D printer. When I first got the printer and assembled it, I was able to get very good prints. My post is specifically about horizontal layer lines, and initially with my printer, ...
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What causes inconsistency of sizes?

I printed this hook that must have 2.8 mm thickness of all walls: But actual sizes differs: And I think this is a reason why the 3.0 mm wall has a gap. Printed with Monoprice Select Mini v2, nozzle ...
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Weird lines in the print at specific heights

I recently upgraded my Ender 3 printer with all metal extruder and upgraded my mainboard from 4.2.2 to 4.2.7 silent board. I also added a Creality touch sensor for auto bed leveling. Before these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ender 3 Pro - Randomly skip lines

I am a newbie to the 3D printing world. Every night spending hours researching and troubleshooting. Recently though I am having a weird problem for which I can not figure out a solution. While ...
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Ender 3 Layer Shifting

I recently got an ender 3. It was working well for 2 prints. I managed to print two small items which were upgrades for the printer (filament guide and cable clip). Following this, I tried to print ...
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Why does printing outer walls last cause corner curling?

In an old question I just self-answered, I had ongoing problems with corner curling that went away due to my switching to using Cura's Outer Before Inner Walls (...
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Prusa MINI 0.6 mm nozzle print fail

Setup: Prusa MINI with 0.6 mm Nozzle. Firmware 4.0.5 Bootloader version 1.0.0 Buddy board 1.0.2 Prusa Slicer 2.2.0 Using the OctoPrint 1.4.0 on OctoPi 0.17.0 with serial connection. Find the G-...
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Empty patches with a very viscous resin

I have a Mars-like 3D printer, which so far worked very well with typical resins. Then I decided to print a mechanical part with Siraya Blu. I followed their recomendations of a "heavy" support, which ...
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Tarantula droplets on the side

I have add my Tevo Tarantula for a couple years now and made a lot of modifications. The last in date is a direct extruder from Trianglelab with an updated X-carriage and a NEMA 17 motor for the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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X-axis taper problem

Tronxy P802M I believe. PLA. The calibration cube is tapered on one side of the X-axis only. Everything else looks good. The top is almost 1 mm narrower than the bottom, but only on X-axis.
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Severe blobbing prevents printing. What settings can I change to fix this?

Bought a new printer. When this problem has happened anywhere from the third to the twentieth layer up. An excess of filament suddenly exits the nozzle, often pulling the print from the bed when the ...
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Anet A8 inaccurate printing

I'm trying to print this with an Anet A8 It's supposed to be completely cylindrical but it's printing it all wobbly and with edges. I'm a complete noob with 3D printing, so any tips would be highly ...
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What are the limits of SLA 3D printing for optical lenses (eg : glasses)

I'm interested in making optical lenses, but I do not want to spend to much on it. What are the limits and criteria which will help me decide which SLA printer will make it possible or not ? I suppose ...
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Bottom part of spherical objects print problematic

I got a Flyingbear Ghost 4 and using Cura. It is doing fine until I have to print spheric things. I'm using a high density material that needs to be at 210 °C and slower print speed. I also built a ...
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CR6-SE issues after a year and ~15 kg of PLA

I've had a CR6-SE for just over a year now and am not new to 3D printing. However, prior to this I had access to a pretty much brand new Ultimaker S5. When my CR6-SE arrived, it was essentially plug ...
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Strange lines at specific intervals on flat surfaces

I've got a strange problem when I print "large surfaces". I've got lines that happen all directions at regular intervals. Almost as if there were certain patches where there's overextrusion ...
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Why does my printer stop extruding towards the end of the print?

I am new to 3D printing and I have been doing some test prints on my Ender 3 v2 that turned out fine. I then decided to print the Death Star, which requires three pieces. The first two printed well, ...
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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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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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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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Ender 3 Inconsistent Bad Prints

Recently, my Ender 3 printer is giving these bad quality prints as shown in the image below. Something in common in all these bad prints is that they only fail in a particular section. The print looks ...
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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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weird part slices with horizontally printed holes

I just made a remix of that mod to have a more rigid chassis for Z axis. While the parts are a little too heavy to my taste, I did import the STL to FreeCAD and made some adjustments before printing. ...
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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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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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