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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
3answers
4k views

Can't seem to fix over extrusion

I'm struggling to get my printer up and running for a few days now. The problem is as follows. I got a test model of a cube (40x40 mm) and everytime I try to print it, the nozzle creates these '...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

Anycubic Kossel Plus raises the Printhead around the corners of the bed too High if the print is too close to the corners

Hi guys I am quite new to 3D printing. I am having this problem with the printhead rising too high during printing when it gets near to the beds' borders. It isn't a problem with smaller prints but it ...
4
votes
3answers
130 views

Removing Supports Inside Cone

I'm new to 3D printing. I've made some projects before just fine, but this project is giving me problems. I 3D printed a trumpet mouthpiece, and the printer made supports inside the mouthpiece funnel....
4
votes
1answer
323 views

Clearance between moving parts

I am using a Prusa printer to print parts for prototyping. The project I am currently working on needs parts to be able to slide against each other and they need to be printed together. A bit like ...
5
votes
3answers
12k views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Weird ripping and warping of ABS print

I print my ABS at: 240 °C; with a bedtemp of 80 °C; 5 % rectilinear infill; 0.25 mm layer height; 2 solid layers top and bottom; Fan is completely disabled; 0.25 mm extrusion width; 50 mm/s ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Why am I getting Z banding/shifted layer on a single layer?

While I was calibrating my flow rate/extrusion multiplier, I noticed that one layer is shifted slightly. I wanted to re-print the cube in-case it was a fluke, but after two more prints, I saw that the ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Top surface scarring even with Z hop

When the print is finished, it looks like the extruder is digging into the top layer as it returns to home? I tried adding Z hop at 5 mm but it's not really helping. Sorry for the picture, ...
8
votes
4answers
277 views

Ultra high precision and accuracy printing

I work in a teaching hospital and we have a research project we're interested in pursuing. We'd like to 3D Print tubes we'd implant into rats to help with nerve regeneration. We're interested in the ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
94 views

Is the Sparkmaker good enough to print OO/HO small detail objects?

I don't want this to be a specific producer question, but I would like to know if the Sparkmaker is good enough to print small details in OO/HO scale objects. I'm referring here to objects like ...
4
votes
1answer
46 views

The part printed correctly except few layers

As you can see from the picture, the part is good except some missing layers near the bottom. I have tried to search for this problem but nothing similar appeared. So, what might be the cause and what ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Sunken and rough bottom layer

Most of my part is printing very well, but I have problems in the bottom layer and in layers that are the first layers, but not necessarily layer 0. Looking at the print quality troubleshooting, I ...
6
votes
1answer
7k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
134 views

3D printing overhangs that are over .200 in

I am new to 3D printing but have been in CNC Machining for a few years. I have a part I am trying to print that is a cylinder 1.000 in. in diameter and has a .200 in overhang starting at 1.300 in. In ...
5
votes
4answers
895 views

First Layer problems?

I am using the E3D v6 hotend with the titan extruder. Everytime I go to do a test print, just enough stringy filament oozes comes out of the hotend "right before" it lays down the first layer. I have ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

E3D V6 Original vs Clone

What is the difference between an original E3D V6 rather than a clone? I know an original would have its own advantages, since there is a huge price difference between the two. Will there be a huge ...
4
votes
1answer
243 views

Why is some part of the print not aligned?

I'm using a Prusa Slicer with a FlyingBear Ghost 4 and got a wrong printing alignments on the Y axis only on a part of the printing object. What may cause this? Here are the printed model pictures ...
1
vote
2answers
278 views

Vertical lines with no layer adhesion

I have an Ender 3 Pro which I use together with Cura 4.2.1 (and Octoprint). I print in PLA at 180°C. The print bed is set to 70°C. The Bed temperature is lower though, since I use a glas bed on top of ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

What causes these blobby corners

Contrary to a lot of other corner related problems (where the corners are bulging), I seem to have a different problem where the corners (ONLY) seem to stick out and appear blobby in the x/y plane. ...
1
vote
1answer
159 views

Resin burns to transparent sheet

I recently bought a Kelant s400 LCD DLP 3D printer. I am using Wanhao resin (green) to print, using the recommended settings from Wanhao. I was printing a hollowed out cube as a test and it printed ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

print quality: z wobble issue

Yesterday i replaced the z axis of my diy printer. Now i have some strange waves on the side of my prints. Are the threaded rods bent or could that be a vibration issue? Or is the coupler too stiff?
7
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
173 views

What is a good book to read about 3D printer settings? [duplicate]

I've google searched many forums, blogs, and articles about 3D printer settings. There is a lot of guess work. Most of the materials are of amateur technical quality lacking the keen and systematic ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

First layer prints too thin causing gaps everywhere

I'd assume insufficient z offset but some areas of the first layer look fine. I've been struggling with this problem despite lots of attempts including z offset, infill overlap, belt retensioning, etc....
5
votes
1answer
251 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
189 views

First layer lines don't stick at all [duplicate]

My Ultimaker 1 with a heated bed doesn't print good first layer lines at all. The single lines keep detaching from the printbed, no matter what nozzle or bed temperature or the height of printhead ...
2
votes
2answers
71 views

Ultimaker 3 Extended prints pores in walls

We have a fairly new Ultimaker 3 Extended. When printing ABS with the AA0.8 nozzle and the recommended settings (up-to-date CURA) we receive a very poor wall quality that exposes some kind of pores. ...
5
votes
1answer
261 views

What's the best printing technique to produce splints (a device to immobilize a body part)?

One of the most interesting field in which the 3D Printing is being considered is the fabrication of biocompatible devices and parts for a medical applications. For that I am interesting in knowing ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Why do my prints have such a rough surface? (Taz Lulzbot Pro)

Model: Taz Lulzbot Pro Things we tried to get it to work: Tried both ABS and PLA Hatchbox brand Uploaded new set of settings from another printer of the same brand that works using the hatchbox. ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Prusa Mk3 printing rough surfaces

My Prusa Mk3 has been making this sort of rough surface on prints, and I'm not sure what caused this. I am printing with PLA Prusament with 0.2 mm layer height at the preset for PLA. What is this,...
2
votes
3answers
230 views

Anet A8 inconsistent filament flow [duplicate]

I have been attempting to get my Anet to print for a couple months now. Haven't had a huge amount of time but when I have I've worked on it. A lot of the problems I have had I have been able to ...
3
votes
1answer
556 views

Infill keeps “shoveling”, but perimeters are fine

While printing PET-G (@ 220 °C nozzle and over 58 °C bed temperature), the outlines always print fine but the infill keeps shoveling. Could I be printing too hot or too cold? I am ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Models are printing with a scratch on the side

I just recently got an Ender 3 and have been trying to learn the do’s and don’ts. My first model looked like it had under extrusion and stringing, but my second model looks like it has frequent “...
3
votes
2answers
237 views

Why is my 3D printer not extruding properly?

I have a Duplicator i3 mini, which has yet to make it a month without breaking. This time it is extra broken because the filament is not extruding properly. the most successful print I've had yet had ...
3
votes
1answer
353 views

PET-G under-extrusion after changing the nozzle to a 1.2 mm d. one (Prusa i3 mk3s and PrusaSlicer v2.0)

PET-G is the main filament I use. I can achieve high quality of my prints with my Prusa i3 mk3s printer. Recently however, I've recently changed my nozzle from the default 0.4mm to the 1.2mm. I ...
2
votes
0answers
419 views

Visible/irregular horizontal lines for complex models

There is this small issue I've been trying to find a solution for quite some time now, and nothing I've tried seems to work. My machine is an FDM printer, i3 style, but I have customized so much of it ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Prusa i3 MK3S 3D printer PETG printing problems

I am using a new Prusa i3 MK3S 3D printer kit. I print lots of things using PLA and PETG. After a week of great performance I noticed that when printing some objects with PETG filament I often ...
4
votes
5answers
8k views

Stop and continue 3D printing

How to successfully pause 3D printing and turn off the printer and the next day, continue to print the model?
2
votes
3answers
80 views

A single angle, single phone model windshield mount — a job for a 3D printer?

My end goal is getting high quality dash footage from a 6 month road trip I'm going on. From my research, very few dash cams support 4k 30fps filming, and the ones that do overwrite their own footage ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

Height of printed part is incorrect

I have a weird problem with my old 3D printer, it is a Prusa/Mendel type. When I print a 20 mm cube, X and Y are correct, Z is resulting 16 to 17 mm. I have checked the correctness of the ...
1
vote
2answers
147 views

After market bed heater for Intamsys Funmat HT 3D Printer

I am in college and am doing a team competition to print PPSU filament, and get the best results. This is being put on by the Solvay company, who makes the material. Our team signed up and the ...
18
votes
1answer
8k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
211 views

Do Cura's self-crossing infill patterns account for excess material from self-crossing?

As far as I can tell, Cura's infill patterns which are self-crossing, such as triangles, don't do anything special to account for extruding material over the ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

PETG on Ender 3

I've been trying to print some eSun PETG on my Ender 3 with some questionable results. I am experiencing severe stringing. Attached is a photo of my first layer. My settings are: 250 °C ...
4
votes
2answers
887 views

Ripple in layers [duplicate]

I'm printing part for a chess board from a set on Thingiverse, expanded a little to 50 mm square. After the 3rd layer, I'm seeing what looks like raised ripples, and you can feel them with a ...
5
votes
2answers
612 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
71 views

Rule of thumb for small type

Is there a good rule of thumb for small type on 3d printed pieces? Minimum type size? Good typeface for accurate reproduction?
3
votes
3answers
377 views

Improving triangulation on AutoCAD-generated stl files

In regards to a part that I'm having printed remotely (by two processes:- stereolithography and laser sintering), I've been advised by the 3d printing company that 'the triangulation of the file is ...

1 2 3
4
5
8