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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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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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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Can I 3D-print a PET bottle?

I want to print a transparent PET bottle for my homemade lemonades and thought about 3D-printing them. I would like the printed bottle's quality to be as fine as a Coca-Cola PET bottle for coke and ...
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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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My print failed and looks charred

I started a print on my Monoprice Select v2 and let it run. I'm printing with Dikale PLA at 200 °C extruder and 60 °C build plate temperatures. My initial layer speed is 30mm/s then ...
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Cube edges squished?

I printed a test cube with ABS on my Ender 3 and after some tuning, I still have a problem I cannot solve. Two of the vertical edges (I believe they are the ones on the X+ side) are slightly squished ...
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Why does my model stop printing at the same spot?

I have a Monoprice Maker Select v2 printer which has a printing height of 7". I tried to print this trophy. The first time I printed, it stopped about 3/4 of the way (about 5.5"). I use Ultimaker ...
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Makerbot Replicator (5th generation) poor print quality

Current main problem is that at various points during a print, one layer doesn’t attach well to the layer below it. That is what appears to be causing the artifacts in the second picture below, but ...
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Dramatic failure of calibration print

I printed out this calibration shape from Thingiverse with an unexpectedly catastrophic failure. It looks like there are a lot of things wrong here. I used the ...
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Evidence of a warped build plate?

The first layer is very patchy indeed. I've calibrated the build plate pretty accurately but even if it was a badly calibrated build plate I don't think it would have this effect. It doesn't seem to ...
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Ambient Temperature Range for Printer Storage/Usage

I've just joined the 3D Printing world and am patiently waiting for my printer to come in next week. I've been thinking about keeping my printer in the garage so that it stays out of the way of every ...
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Considerations when pausing a print job

Some prints take a long time and, as I'm not in a workshop, I need to pause the print sometimes. Are there any special considerations I should take when pausing, or can I literally just click pause, ...
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Flashforge Adventurer 3 Filament feeder loud thumping noise, not enough filament extruded

My Flashforge Adventurer 3 is not printing properly. Filament feeder makes repetitive loud thumping noise and not enough filament is extruded. Resulting print (if completed) is not solid. Results ...
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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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Is it possible to use Three.js to determine the wall thickness of an STL file? [closed]

I am using a node app that displays stls online & analyzes them. Is it possible to determine the minimum wall thickness of the stl just like 3D Hubs print analyzer does?
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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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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 ...
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Gizmo3D SLA + Monocure resins not curing

I am working with a "Gizmo3D" type DLP resin printer, and using Monocure "General Grey" resin. I'm having some issues with getting this resin to cure to the build plate well enough to prevent it from ...
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Getting worse quality prints on 0.05 mm than on 0.10 mm layer height on Prusa i3 MK3

I have a new Prusa i3 MK3 and I have noticed that my prints consistently turn out worse on 0.05 mm layer heights than on 0.10 mm. The edges of the 0.05 mm prints turn out rough and sometimes stringy. ...
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What are the most common 3D printing file formats?

What are the most common 3D printing file formats, and which one is more effective or used more than others?
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Is my printer over extruding?

I'm getting some slight pooling on the end of straight lines on my Ender-3 Is this due to over extruding? Or some other issue?
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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 ...
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Prusa i3 pro b second layer failure

I just bought a 3D printer => Geeetech Prusa i3 b. I build it myself and I'm trying to print the famous boat, the Benchy one. Here's my settings (I've tried Repetier host and Slic3r or Ultimaker ...
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What causes ripples on part of first layer?

I'm having issues with ripples on the first layer of big flat prints. The initial corner of a big flat print is fine, but then ripples begin to form as shown in the screenshot. I'm just a newbie, so ...
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What is wrong with my first layers?

I just assembled a Prusa i3 MK3 and went through the calibration process, but when I print the first layer doesn't look good and my prints come unstuck from the bed. I think it might be Z height but ...
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Extruder drive cog slipping on filament

I've been printing PLA on a Pegasus 12" for 2 years. Print quality has been great but in the last few months the quality of the prints has deteriorated. After looking into it, it seems when the head ...
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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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Creality CR-10 slightly jerks when moves from right to left

So when CR-10 prints square (like on the video starting from 6 second) while being in the top right corner extruder jerks i.e. slightly moves to the right and then continues movement to the left. So ...
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How can I have a large 3D printed object?

I have a concept that's roughly 18"x30" (about 457x762 mm), and I just realized that the Makerbot and similar printers only allow dimensions around the size of a piece of paper. What are other options?...
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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 ...
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Anet A8 prints not good

I bought my Anet A8 less than 2 weeks ago. The setup went fine. In the first 1 week, I printed a lot, and the quality was really good. Now, the quality of prints is really bad. The infill is terrible, ...
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Filament Balling up on random parts of a print

The skirt prints out ok, but there is balling up of filament on some of the prints. I am printing 50 small parts at a go, and the last 4 batches were perfect, but the fifth batch had filament ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Ender 3 Calibration Cube Fail + Can't Print Circles

After noticing that my ender 3 couldn't print a 'perfect' circle I decided to use a calibration cube to see if that could be the issue. These were my results: I did have some successful prints before ...
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3D printer ends print by sinking in to it and getting stuck

I am using cura with M3D entry level printer. When I print things more than 6-7cm/2.5-3inches, at the end of the print, the hot end sink back into the print then gets stuck as it tries to return to ...
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Leapfrog Creatr HS stops mid print (extruders not clogged)

I have tried to print a 3D model with Creatr HS from Leapfrog. This print failed twice. The 3D model is the same, .gcode the same. Surprisingly it failed at different stage. Please look at the ...
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Sudden underextrusion on Ender3

I have printed a couple weeks perfectly fine with my Ender 3. Two weeks ago I changed the firmware but the settings were all fine and resulted in good prints. Now, suddenly during a print the ...
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Can 3d-printing be used to print drone frames which carry around 4 kilograms? [closed]

What about the strength parameters? Where can I give CAD models to print them and receive them? Please guide me.
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Extrusion is not continuous

Issue: Printing is not continuous. Observation: While printing, the upper layer of the nozzle is leaking. And also the printing is not continuous, the layers are not formed properly. Practices: ...
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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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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 ...
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Should I vary the first layer height

Up till now, I've tended to scale my first layer according to the print quality, so a 0.12 mm first layer for a 0.08 mm print, and 0.28 mm for a 0.2 mm print. After changing to a ...
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How to make moving parts not stick together?

I am new to the 3D printing world and I would appreciate if someone can give me advice on how to 3D print moving parts without them sticking together. I recently 3D printed the predator pliers from ...
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First layer of print comes out poorly even when placed on a raft (which prints fine)

I'm printing PLA with the Creality Ender 2 and my print comes out totally fine with the exception of the first layer. Here's the weird part though, if I place a raft or a brim below/around the print -...
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What prints can I do to test/calibrate my printer for precision?

I specifically want to test calibration tolerances precision accuracy I'm having trouble with Print in Place models and I'm trying to find out if there's something I can do to improve my print ...
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Replicator+ Experimental Extruder Filament Slipping Error

I'm experimenting with MakerBot's new "Experimental Extruder" which essentially opens their software (MakerBot Print) to change traditionally "behind-the-scenes" settings like retract rate/distance, ...
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What printer should I consider for printing microfluidic channels? [closed]

I am looking to purchase a 3D printer for the fabrication of microfluidics. I am looking for a printer that can print channels with less than 200 µm cross-sections, preferably, can print ...
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Printing with colorfabb XT fails after several successful layers

I'm printing parts for a HEVO (HyperCube Evolution CoreXY), using Colorfabb XT filament. After several successful prints. I'm having a lot of failed prints. They start off pretty well but after ~15 ...
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3D Printer makes steps at Y axis (in some cases)

I have bought the Tevo Tarantula 3D Printer Kit. When I'm printing something that I created (using Cinema 4D), the printer prints it without any problems, but, when I download something from the ...

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