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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How to fix wall separation in 3D prints (gaps in between wall perimeters)?

The print is very solid except for the 4 walls. From the top, I can slide a paper down to the bottom. This is ONLY between the walls, the rest of the print is solid. The filament is PLA 1.75 mm. ...
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Possible causes of print defects?

I'd like some advice regarding defects on my print : Here some details : Printer CR-10 S, nozzle 0.4 Material PLA Bed 60, Hotend 215, 50 mm/s speed SLiced with cura 4.1, 5 walls (i can provide more ...
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Inconsistent inner/outer dimensions

Using CuraEngine with my Ender 3, I'm getting what I'd call inconsistent inner and outer dimensions - for example, a nominally 3 mm peg is significantly larger than a 3 mm hole, and it takes ...
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Progressively worse relative size error at smaller absolute sizes

I'm having a problem where the relative dimensional error of cylinders is rapidly increasing as the absolute size decreases. Printing a calibration stack of cylinders of diameters 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 ...
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Ender 3 first print some area is smooth but some is rough?

Please check following image, Dog looks smooth from left side but its rough from right side , similar on back too. What could have caused this ? Can it be due to moisture due to Air Conditioner in ...
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Overhangs lift up

My printer is exhibiting a problem wherein it's as if the nozzle pulls up on layers. I don't think it used to do this - it seemed like it manifested after I replaced the broken x-carriage with a ...
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Small structures are deformed after switching to Duet Wifi

I just switched to the Duet Wifi board (used MKS Gen L 1.0 before) and now small structures look terrible. From my observations the hot end moves correctly, but almost no filament gets extruded. On ...
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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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Weird lines and smaller height

I finished my first print and it came out like this I calibrated all my axis steps and manual movement gives perfect numbers. I am printing with these slicer settings: I don't even ...
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What could be causing this spotty extrusion?

I'm getting this printing where it's not laying the plastic down very well. What could be causing this? I've printed with these settings before, and it turned out just fine. If you need any other info ...
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Palette 2 with an Ender 3 Printer [closed]

Has anyone had any luck with printing multi-colored prints with the Palette 2 on an Ender 3? If so, what is your steps/mm for the Ender 3 and your flow rate in whatever slicer you are using? I ...
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Order of solving printing issues

3D Printers (those who print, not the machine, dummy)! I haven't been printing in a while, so when I returned to my Monoprice Select Mini VII, of course it had been sprung out of whack. Some of my ...
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Avoiding stringing with flexible filament

I have some flexible PLA filament (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VKSSA4E/, presumably a mix of PLA with some platicizer) that's supposed to be easy to print with settings similar to regular PLA. I've ...
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Anycubic Chiron does not print correctly

I recently got my Anycubic Chiron. First I was very exited and set up the printer. I started the first manual leveling as described in the instuctions. After that I did the Autoleveling and started ...
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Strange banding on first layer/skin

I've been printing for a while with a Creality CR-10S with Colorfabb black PETG economy and all was good. Until today, where on a large, flat print (30x10cm - a small drawer) I can't manage to get a ...
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underextrusion of infill? [duplicate]

Running a bency print to test my new cooler, I noticed an odd effect on the rectilinear infill I'm using: It's almost as if the individual lines of the infill are tearing. The thing is that the ...
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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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Printing an iPhone Case

I am trying to 3D print an iPhone case, however, I want it to print standing up. Is this possible to do? I have a picture of the case in the link below.
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Removing glue residue on part after printing

Following advice I read elsewhere, I have covered my (heated) print bed with blue painter's tape, and before each print I apply an Elmer's purple washable glue stick to improve bed adhesion. After ...
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Underextrusion after long travels

I'm having problems when printing small parts over big areas. I'm currently printing quite big casing (~180 mm x 100 mm), which has hexagonal holes on the corners. On the first layer the ...
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PLA print warping on heated bed [duplicate]

I am trying to print the 3 jaw lathe chuck on Thingiverse. This specific piece is the scroll.stl, but it applies on every big piece. The print material is (transparent) PLA, that I print on custom ...
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How to improve very poor quality prints on my Ender 3

I get very poor quality prints from my Ender 3: The prints are weak, brittle , stringy and contain gaps. Please help me sort this as I'm new to 3D printing and have no idea what the problem might be! ...
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Ender 3 first layer of ESD PLA printing on raft fails

I was asked to print something with ESD PLA and the first layer, on a raft, is coming out like this: Nozzle temperature was 220 °C and I'm using the default Cura draft profile. Can you ...
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How does acetone “rejuvenate” PEI?

The Prusa3d knowledge base mentions that acetone will "rejuvenate" PEI in addition to cleaning oil and grease from the surface. About once a week, or when prints stop sticking, use ACETONE to clean ...
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Strange problem with quality, what might be the reason for these bubbles?

I changed the filament, and to adjust filament temperature, I printed a test model and it looked good: But printing another part did not go so well: After the failed print I ran another test: ...
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CR-10 Layers not printing after certain amount of filament printed

I am printing on a CR-10 for the first time with white filament1. The problem is it seems that after a certain amount of filament printed one or two layers don't stick to the print which causes a huge ...
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Success metrics for 3D prints [closed]

I'm doing some testing for objects in 3D printing for a report. I'm trying to get success metrics for it but a bit unsure of what else I could do since would ideally like hard values for it. For ...
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Long prints shifting with Ultimaker 2

I am currently using Ultimaker 2+ to print some big parts with PLA. As long as the printing lasts for less than 15 hours (that's what I observed by experience, approximately), there are no problems. ...
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Strange outer skin print quality on Ender 3

Does anybody have an idea what causes the strange outer wall skin texture? I don't know why this happens; the inner wall looks fine, but the outer wall looks distorted. Also it's strange that the ...
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Layer delamination

I've printed mostly ABS in the past and encountered delamination between layers many times. I've ensured the following conditions regularly: Build plate is level Base of print isn't warped (using ABS ...
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Small dent problem

Whenever I print, I tend to have a small dent that appears on several of my prints, that are not in the original design. These are not following the layer orientation. As far as I notice, nothing ...
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How to choose an extrusion temperature?

From what I've been able to find out, online sources recommend around 205ºC for PLA and around 240ºC for ABS. But these are only guidelines, of course. Optimal printing temperature can be different ...
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Ender3 printing tilted layers

I bought an Ender 3, and after assembling it following the description and some YouTube videos and after correct leveling, I printed the test dog gcode on the micro SD card that comes with the printer....
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Cause of slicing artifacts layers not connecting diagonal errors

Sometimes my meshes turn out with artifacts Which can be seen in the bottom image. What is the cause? The first image shows my mesh which its generated from. I've tried multiple slicers. This tends to ...
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What causes “ghosting”?

I am printing some minion chess pieces for my teacher at school and on every model I have found something called "ghosting", or at least I heard that is what it is called. For example there is a strap ...
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Why does my printer create notches on the Y surface?

Here is an extreme example of notches caused by the printer. They go along all sides but are the strongest on the Y faces. They also happen quite randomly sometimes they are tiny sometimes they are ...
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Slicer settings for easy support material removal

What are the best settings for Ultimaker Cura to have support material that's easy to remove for my Anet A8. I have printed an object with two different spools of PLA (same manufacturer just different ...
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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 ...
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The bottom few layers printed on Ender 3 are extruded wrong [duplicate]

For some reason, the bottom few layers printed on my Ender 3 are distorted. Used the benchy from http://www.3dbenchy.com/ and Cura 3.6.0, sliced with default settings for Ender 3 on the draft preset. ...
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Print parts fail mid-print

I am trying to understand what could cause a misprint after several layers. It acts as if the extruder head bump to the PLA after a while. Thus moving the parts and then, it fails because it is not ...
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Lower Layers are messy

This picture pretty much shows the problem: I print on a CR-10 and this thing is pretty much just a problem factory. Anyways, the latest problem that was never there before is that for some reason ...
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3DBenchy's bow prints out of alignment

I'm new to 3D printing, but I've solved all of my problems except for this rough surface shown in the image of a Benchy print: Any suggestions are appreciated. Printer (new): Raptor 2 (400x400x700&...
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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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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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Calibration improvement of the Prusa i3

I recently got myself a Prusa i3, that I needed to assemble and adjust myself. As expected, the first prints was of quite poor quality. After better adjustment, I improved a bit the print, but I am ...
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Filament extrusion always stops at some point during print

I own a Creality CR-10 (using Ultimaker Cura for slicing) and I am experiencing terrible printing problems. My problem: I am not able to print anything that takes several hours to print. For parts ...
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Bad layers in otherwise good prints

I can print a reasonably high quality print, but then there will be a millimetre or two of rubbish. This can happen at the start of a print, in the middle or at the end. It doesn't seem to be bad G-...
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How can I stop the flare out of the bottom layers?

On nearly all of my prints, my first few layers are flared out slightly. I'm using painter's tape for the bed, and the bed temperature is at 60 °C while the extruder is at 205 °C. ...
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Mystery filament cleaning fluid

Whilst looking to fix a different problem I had I came across this video. It's a filament reel holder, but at 02:40 the person uses a mysterious fluid. I haven't seen anything like this before (...
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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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