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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Lower side of print rough on personal protection print

I’m new to 3D printing and printed a few things that came out fine on my Ender 3. But when I print something like a cat protection baton, Kubota self-protection or anything that will have a “floating ...
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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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Topology problems

My model is purely quads, (I know about tris/quads for .stl files and other formats, etc.) but when I import it in slicer software (Ultimaker Cura), it changes the topology (and that repeating ...
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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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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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Some problems with printing on my Ender 3

This week I got an Ender 3. When printing the models, I get some inaccuracies on them. I tried printing a low-polygon chess rook, and it isn't printed accurately. It has these additional plastic ...
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Massive blobs/under extrusion/"pearl necklace" only after first few layers (Ender 3 V2)

I am struggling with a problem. In short: I have managed to set up my Ender 3 V2 in such a way that the first few layers print (almost) perfectly, but after the first few layers (do not know exactly, ...
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Evenly spaced bulges and one spot of localized underextrusion

I am having two separate issues. One is specific to this particular model, the other is on all my prints, but more pronounced on 90° vertical walls. The first issue is a localized area of under ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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