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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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....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Great prints then suddenly terrible quality

I've been printing with my Ender 3 for a while now and it's been great. I've had very few problems - depending on my settings, these are my typical first layers: However with no settings or ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Uneven layers- Ender 3

I got my ender 3 about a month ago, it was working fine. Tried a new brand, overture, this is when I started experiencing problems. First, I was clogging nozzles left and right, then I went back to ...
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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, ...
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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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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. ...
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Uneven motion in X and Y directions after attempting to adjust Z motion in ADVI3++

A few weeks back I updated my Monoprice Maker Select Plus from the stock firmware to ADVi3++ 3.0.2. I've put more than 20 prints through the machine since then and everything has been fine. One of ...
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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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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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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....
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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 “...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do you solve PLA corner-curling short of printing really, REALLY slow?

I've been trying a lot of different things to combat corners curling upward in the first few tens of layers after the bottom skin. To be clear, I'm not talking about corners of the first layer printed ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Help diagnose Z-banding

The printer is "Monoprice MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2". This is how my printed fan part looks like: These printers are notorious for their Z lead screw assembly (M4 bolt & nut) so I installed ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does this microstepping test result indicate need for TL smoothers?

Note: The "TL smoothers" referred to in the question title are an arrangement of 8 diodes that presumably both provide a voltage drop to address the minimum current output issue of some stepper ...
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How precise do models need to be for 3d printing?

I'm not talking about making something that's outright disproportionate of course. I've been working in Blender and I've use Absolute grid Snap to snap my vertices to the grid. The problem is that it (...
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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?
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 '...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...

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