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Ultimaker Cura is adding redundant top/bottom layers

I'm trying to print a supporting base which will house the spindle for an electrostatic rotor. It's basically just a truncated cone with a hole down it's center to house the spindle. For reasons that ...
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Bevel gears 3D model

Goal : create a pair of bevel gears for 90 degrees angle axles. Context : the gears are designed with an OpenSCAD library (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1604369, function 'pfeilkegelradpaar'), ...
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Using maximum width when slicing in Ultimaker Cura

I am trying to slice a model that is half a mm less than max width, but not successful. What am I missing? Is there some minimum value less than maximum allowed, or something? Edit: after changing ...
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How to post-process G-code to make prints faster using splines and arcs?

Recently (in 2017) there was a paper that got some publicity by researchers who are using a B spline algorithm to reduce vibrations in 3D printers. But before them, a B Spline implementation seems to ...
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Slicing directly from non-mesh data?

This is a bit of a weird question, and I imagine the answer might simply be "no." But here goes anyway: I'm writing some code that generates shapes for 3D printing via "implicit surfaces," i.e. a ...
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Object's height not a multiple of layer height

This basic question has been bothering me for a while. Let's say I'm printing an object of height 20.1 mm with 0.2 mm layers. What will the slicer do? in other words, how will it print the last layer?...
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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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Slow down first layer above infill in Ultimaker Cura

In Ultimaker Cura, is there a setting to slow down just the first layer (or two layers) covering over the infill? I'm not talking about the top layers, since you may have infill covered over during ...
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How is E value calculated in Slic3r?

I want to know the math behind how Slic3r calculates E values. $E_{value}$ represents amount of filament in mm (unless volumetric extrusion is selected) that has to be fed into the hotend to obtain a ...
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Minimum material deposit threshold in slic3r

I've been using Slic3r for a while now, and for the most part am happy with the results it produces. I mostly use the standard profiles provided by Prusa for my i3 mk3. However, when watching the 3D ...
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Uniform squishy infill

I try to print a stamp with flexible filaments. The problem I encounter is that the filament is flexible, but not soft. This leads to small differences in height to parts of the stamp not working. ...
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Good profile for slicing ABS in Slic3r?

Does anyone know of a good slicer profile (i.e., an .ini file.) for Slic3r for printing ABS for a Prusa i3 MK3S printer?
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Which software do I need to start print something?

I'm still new to 3D printing and I want to print something. I expect that I'll mess it up since I find nothing to adjust it but it is now laying around for 4 months and I'm sick of it. So my question ...
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Why are there so many print speed parameters in slicers?

The expert mode of Slic3r PE has almost a dozen speed values: I understand that ultimately print speed at a particular temperature correlates with bond strength, so things like bridges and the first ...
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Slic3r - how to combine specific perl code with Slic3r SupportMaterial.pm? [closed]

I've got a specific perl support tree script that I would like to integrate into Slic3r. Does anyone know how to do that?
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Slicer software capable of working with large filaments

I'm starting work on a very large 3d printer that uses very large filament. The idea is to house the entire thing in a shipping container and print things as large as cars. Filament will be some ...
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Ultimaker Cura 3.6 choosing to fill in narrow walls with diagonal striping

I'm playing with printing some Lego-like bricks. I'm using brick models where the wall thicknesses are aligned to match an exact multiple of my printer nozzle (.4 mm nozzle = 1.2 mm brick ...
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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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CubePro Alternative Slicer

So, having bought this cube pro duo 3d printer a few days ago I have come to see how significantly limiting the default slicer software that comes with the machine is. For the prints that I am doing I'...
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Reproducing entire slicing configurations in Slic3r

3D printing is often an iterative process and I frequently find myself wanting to re-slice an STL I've already printed, but with just one setting tweaked. The problem is, unless I have left Slic3r ...
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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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Slic3r top layer issues, small gaps, weird extruder paths

When slicing with Slic3r Prusa edition the top layer of most models turns out pretty bad. There are usually small gaps or weird patterns. This does not happen with Ultimaker Cura, it will have a nice ...
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How Do Tool Path Algorithms Decide Which Direction to Print a Closed-Loop Polygon

I understand how slicer programs create sets of closed-loop polygons to print on a layer-by-layer basis. For a given closed loop polygon which needs to be printed, the tool path generator will know ...
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Printing rectangular grid

I am trying to print an item with a rectangular grid (using PLA on Ultimaker 2+): Holes are 4x4 mm, distance between holes (wall thickness): 1mm. I am printing with 0.4 mm nozzle. Unfortunately, ...
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Internal wall does not print in horizontal print orientation

I have an object that has cutouts in it (alignment pins fit in the cutouts). The shape of the hole is a right triangle with the point clipped off to create a flat surface in the deep part of the hole. ...
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Need help to only print one small part

I'm in dire need to reprint a small chunk of a print that got messed up during print because the support for it broke which I cannot explain whatsoever. Anyway. I need to edit the STL file and I don'...
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How could I print a large sphere-like object?

I have a STL file with a rather large roughly-spherical object. I'd like to 3D print it to be fairly large, and hollow inside. Since the printer I'd be using has a max size of (18–20 cm)^3, I'd have ...
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What should the underside of a bridge look like?

I tried out printing a "bridge" for the first time using this Bridge Calibration model. The model creator suggests printing, tweaking settings, and printing again until it works "properly." My first ...
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Messy top layer with PETG filament?

I'm having issues getting PETG to print nicely. I have encountered pretty much every issue because when I fix one thing another issue pops up. I see people saying that you should "just copy your PLA ...
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Help to reconcile nozzle diameter, deposited line width, and wall thickness in Cura

I need help resolving some conflicting logic between the nozzle width and shell thickness--parameters in Cura 16.021--and the physical deposited line width (width on x-y plane). DEFINITIONS For ...
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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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Hollow wing for rc plane

I am trying to print a wing for a rc plane with my 3D printer. In order to make the wing as light as possible I need to hollow it (and afterwards put some stable structure there). I've tried the ...
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Ultimaker Cura not always telling extruder to retract when traveling

I'm having a problem with Ultimaker Cura (v3.4.0) where it doesn't always tell the extruder to retract when performing a travel, which causes the hotend to leave a "trail" as it's moving and not start ...
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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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Strange walls/faces when importing self made model from Blender to Cura 3

I wanted to create a coin stacking device similar to this one: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:499177 But I wanted to only 3 coins, 5c, 2c, and 1c. Unfortunately the STL came in pretty messy after ...
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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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slic3r: Can I vary the infill percentage for different heights of my model?

How can I vary the infill percentage for different layer heights of my model? Context: The bottom part of my model needs about 20% infill. The geometry of the top part of the model (mostly cones of ...
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Slicer line width vs. extrusion multiplier for layer adhesion?

My question would like to address what would be better for adhesion and general quality and possibly strength: either increase the slicer line width option or increase the slicer extrusion multiplier ...
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Why is it conventional to set line width > nozzle diameter?

I recently became curious about the Line Width setting in Cura and why one might change it if they aren't using different size nozzle. Since I've gotten my Ender 3, I've always kept the line width ...
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How are infill paths connect to form an efficient path that respect the object's geometry?

I am attempting to write a basic slicer for some objects I am working with. I need to write a custom slicer as the objects are not polygonal based (they are implicit objects) and therefore cannot be ...
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Slicing problem - Slic3r prusa

I'm trying to slice this model: https://www.shapeways.com/product/VVNUVZ6JL/dread-warrior?optionId=66361748&li=user-profile I'm using a .4mm nozzle and .1mm layer height. When using slic3r some ...
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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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Different infill in the same part

I´ve have read an article to change different pattern depending on amount of layers, but my question is if is possible to have diferent infill in the same part?, for example: Base: has the infill of ...
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How to center my prints on the build platform? (Re-calibrate homing offset)

When I print large prints close to (but not exceeding) the maximum dimensions of the heated build platform on my Anet A8, the brim or skirt or the print itself is printed outside the heated bed, while ...
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Cura slicer, enforce Z move before layer change

I am slicing with Cura and Slic3r and one important thing that I recently took my attention is that cura positions head in start point of the new layer and then lifts the nozzle. That caused my few ...
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Gaps in Cura's Slicing for Monoprice Select Mini V2

Why does this happen (circled in red), and how can I fix it? It is making my prints come out horrible. Not shown in the picture, but the option "Coasting" was Enabled: Coasting Volume 0.064 mm3 ...
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See G-code before exporting

When using Slic3r I noticed that Slice now and Export G-Code do different things. While ...
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Slic3r: How can I automatically modify the STL filename?

When generating STL files with slic3r I would like to automatically prefix the filename with strings such as PLA or PET before uploading to my printer. How can I specify this in the filament settings?...
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Easy way to refine a 3D-model for 3D printing by removing internal geometry

I have been given a proprietary 3D file of a real world item from an item manufacturer with the obligations not to hand it out to anyone to produce a print in a low single digit percentge scale of the ...
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How can I create PNG image files from STL files?

I need to add some simple image renders of STL files to a document. I currently open the STL files in Preview or one of the slicers and grab a screen shot. Is there an easier or automatic way to ...