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Resin printers: What effect does altering the lift distance on a Resin printer have, and what are the consequences of getting it wrong?

Slicing software for resin printers: Chitubox, for example, has a setting labelled "Lift Distance", which as far as I can tell determines how far build plate is lifted in between layers. A ...
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Chitubox: What are the default support setting for an Elegoo Saturn printer?

What are the factory default settings for light, medium and heavy supports in Chitubox, for an Elegoo Saturn resin printer? The settings out of the box with no user modifications. Version 1.8.0 or ...
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Chitubox: Is it possible to place a hollow object flat on the build plate and use internal supports?

I have a bust that I want to print flat on the build plate of an Elegoo resin printer, but I want to place supports inside it without having to add a skate or raft? Is this possible, and if so how
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Are there printer firmware specifics when adding printer profiles to slicer software?

In this question, I was struggling with my printer not recognizing sliced files. Switching from ChituBox to Lychee solved the issue until the printer stopped recognizing the .ctb files sliced by ...
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Not printing the holes

I am new at this and maybe my model is not the best, I adapted it for another one actually. Can you tell me why I can't get the holes printed? I already checked the faces and they are all in the ...
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What is the optimum infill style for printing a roughly spherical object on an Ender 5?

I'm going to print several fruit and vegetable on an Ender 5, with a maximum size of 6 inches. They are all roughly spherical in shape. Melons, squash, etc. What is the optimum in fill type to use to ...
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Chitubox - Why are some supports show as Green but others are Gray?

In Chitubox, why is it that some supports are highligted green, while others are colored gray? I've checked all of the settings and the green and gray supports seem absolutely identical. The only ...
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In Cura, is it possible to display where retraction occur on any given model?

In Cura slicer, it is possible to display\visualize where in the print process retractions occur for any given model? For example, to have them highlighted in the preview window. I'm making my own ...
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What Setting In Cura Determines The Value Of "G1 E-{switch_extruder_retraction_amount}" At The Beginning Of A Print?

I am trying to print the Chep calibration cube sliced in Cura on my new Sovol SV04 Dual Extrusion printer. When I print the model the extruder prints the wipe line on the left of the bed, moves to the ...
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3D printing using only binary tensors representing parts

I need to 3D print several composites. The constituent materials are photopolymer resins. The composites are very similar to a Rubik's cube. Considering it that way, each voxel (every small piece of ...
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Print Order of separate vertical sections in 1 object - Flash Forge Finder - FlashPrint 5

I am printing an object that has a few areas of detail that extend vertically and as the printer is switching between each item it leaves leftover filament and the detail does not print very well. I ...
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How to correct when Chitubox picks up the bottom layers of a support as an island?

Sometime Chitubox will pick up the bottom of a support as an island, even though it was automatically added and is in contact with the base. IS there an explanation as to why this happens, how it ...
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Custom slicing solution needed

So I have a printer that I'm prototyping right now, and it's a little different; the Y-axis is a rotary drum. To compare to a bed-slinger, instead of the surface traveling forward and backward, it ...
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Are bottom layer Curing settings automatically applied to everything touching the build plate?

When using Chitubox as a slicer for a resin print, will the bottom layer curing settings automatically be applied to any party of a model that is in contact with the build plate, or only to certain ...
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HALOT BOX makes objects with support move up

I'm trying to slice some models using the default HALOT BOX software from Creality, which comes with the Halot One resin 3D printer. I've oriented them at 45 degrees, and am using supports. When I ...
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How do I fix infill support in Cura?

I am making this dog feeder. My goal is to 3D print it using an Ender 3 V2. I am using Cura to slice it. When I slice it, though, Cura does not see the Top part (Dispenser box) as a solid piece. And ...
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Any way to have slicer make a stronger lattice work?

I'm trying to 3D print a lattice work or truss, basically some beams forming a rectangle and additional beams forming the diagonals and where those beams cross, they should be fused. So, something ...
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Slicing a non-closed mesh - extrude only on faces, no volume

I have a seemingly unique problem. I'm trying to design models that print with single extrusion walls and are not closed volumes. For example, a topographical map model printed on an edge. It has ...
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Automatically split a part for separate extruders

Hopefully this isn't too vague, but I have a question I just can't figure out: We're in the midst of possibly designing a new printer. I can't give too many of the details away except that its ...
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How to print a part of the model using the same structure as a raft?

Using Cura or another slicer if needed, how could I print the part that needs bending using a structure similar to the one used for rafts. In Cura, for reference they look like this: I know this ...
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What does the "Control Module" setting in FlashPrint 5.1 do?

I don't understand the description of this setting in FlashPrint and have been unable to find a better description online. What does it do?
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Bottom layer exposure for prints placed directly on the bed (resin printer)?

I have an Elegoo Saturn Mono resin printer. If I make a 3D model that has a "sacrificial layer" on the bottom, and I place it flat on the bed, will the area in contact with e bed ...
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Do all slicers handle multi object .STL files correctly for multi color printing?

I only have experience with PrusaSlicer, where if I have one .STL file containing multiple volumes, I can click a Split to parts button to then be able to change ...
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Why is Cura printing vases much slower than the printer can go?

I have been trying to tune a new filament, on my CR-10 V2, by printing vases, but Cura won't let me print the vases any faster than 10-15 mm/s even when I input all the print speeds to about 65 mm/s. ...
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How to convert .obj file to .stl so I can slice to G-code?

I am a beginning maker using an Ender 3. Someone sent me a .obj file from Thingiverse to print for them. I use an online slicer called IceSL as a slicer. As experts on here know, I cannot use my ...
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Trying PrusaSlicer

Being new to 3D printing, I started using Cura (which came with my Ender 3v2) to slice models I found on Thingiverse. I know that there are other slicers and have heard positive things about ...
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Cura messes up my print. How can I make it print what I see in Blender?

I'm using Cura and it removes my holes and deletes sections of the print and disconnects parts. In Blender it looks as it should be, as I designed it. I know there are a few mishaps inside (not ...
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Does the Creality Ender 3 allow variable layer thickness?

I'm new to the 3D printing world but I've been using some of the 3D printers at my local library, and am now interested in purchasing my own! One thing that's important for my projects is being able ...
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Wouldn't a higher flowrate for 2nd outer wall increase the print quality?

I mostly print mechanical parts and thus need dimensional accuracy. When calibrating my printer I stumbled over the fact, that some people calibrate flowrate with single wall prints which would give ...
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Is a slower outer perimeter speed still meaningful?

In the past we had printers with poor mechanics and with primitive software algorithms, therefore we used to print inner perimeters faster than the outermost one. See for example (generic, found ...
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Can carving templates be produced from G-code?

I am looking for a way to generate 2D horizontal templates for manually carving an object. My thought was to produce an STL of the model, generate the G-code, and then transform that into slices. ...
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Failure near the start point

The image below I indicated where the point where the tip of my extruder returns after changing the layer height, I don't know if I am right to call this point "Start Point" ... The problem ...
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Slicers and printers compatibility

I am a complete beginner so I apologise ahead for probably an obvious question. From what I understand up to now, slicer software basically takes a 3D model and turns it into instructions that say ...
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File size limit in 3D printing software

Odd question for everyone, hope it has a distinct answer. I'm often printing bone models derived from CT scans (I work in a hospital) and they often have something on the order of 5 million faces +/-...
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How do I fill missing corners in Cura

I'm trying to print a gear for a robovac deal. The issue I'm having is with gaps between the walls of the top part of the gear. It needs to have the corners filled to provide stability or else the ...
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Cura 4.8.0 Custom Infill using Shape Overlap Modifier not working [duplicate]

I am using a rectangle to select an area of the model I want to have 100 % infill. You can see my setting below. After several prints, I noticed the little arm was still breaking when under pressure......
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Horizontal faces not generated in Cura

I've never used a 3D printer before. I'm trying to print the calibration cube found on Thingiverse. After the process finished, I noticed that the face pointing up that forms the inset at the base of ...
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Extruder motor not running when using G-code from PrusaSlicer with non Prusa printer

I just assembled an FLSUN QQ-S pro printer and successfully printed two models from the supplied SD card. Everything works fine. However, I tried slicing my own model using PrusaSlicer and although ...
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How to slice rounded corners in thin walls with Cura

I'm trying to print a small box with 1 mm thick walls. The box has rounded corners. Cura slices the rounded corners with straight internal lines instead of rounded lines: The reason for these ...
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How does G-code for belt bed printers work?

Are there any good resources on understanding how G-code/slicing for belt bed printers works? I'm told the upcoming Creality 3DPrintMill is being used with Blackbelt Cura, which seems to be a fork of ...
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Printing and slicing big pieces with Elegoo Mars (Pro)

I'm pretty new in the 3D printing world, and there are some doubts that have come my way and I've not been able to find anywhere. Usually, I'm going to try to print pieces bigger than the bed of my ...
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Can't manage to force my print to standby while I insert a nut - Prusa Slicer and Tronxy XY2 pro

I use the Prusa Slicer on a Tronxy XY-2 pro which I believe uses RepRap firmware. I believe it uses RepRap firmware because I had to input it into the Prusa Slicer initialization questions, but I'm ...
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Unable to Determine Proper Print Scale of STL model

I am new to 3D printing and have a Monoprice MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2. I wanted to be able to 3D-print this VR Adapter from Thingiverse. Before downloading the Cura software, I tried opening the ...
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Scaling mechanism in Creality Slicer 1.2.3 for super small/large STL

I am having a tough time to understand scaling out and in STD files loaded into the Creality Slicer 1.2.3. For instance an STL like this: ...
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Ultimaker Cura is not always retracting in exported G-Code

TL;DR: Upper layers of a stringing pyramid test are missing retractions in the G-code. Edit 1: added printer info and additional settings. Edit 2: Clearing up confusing wording. Update: I wrote a ...
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How do slicers convert an STL file to G-Code?

I was wondering how slicers work, how their code runs to generate a G-Code file. How is an STL file interpreted through a slicer. How does the math work for generating supports, build plate adhesion? ...
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Do SLA printers have open source slicers available to use?

Does anyone know of a (manufacturer independent) software that supports different types of SLA printers? Since there are many different SLA type printers around, I was wondering if there are any ...
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Is there a slicer that can set the print speed for each layer as a function of the layer area?

Is there a slicer that can set the print speed for each layer as a function of the layer area? Larger areas give the layer a longer time to cool off before the next print layer. When the layer areas ...
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How to get a quality print of a thin single-walled shell?

I would like to 3D print a small thin tub/mold for an epoxy resin. I have tubings inserted into holes, and I need to fix these tubings securely with epoxy (see picture below). The space is very ...
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weird part slices with horizontally printed holes

I just made a remix of that mod to have a more rigid chassis for Z axis. While the parts are a little too heavy to my taste, I did import the STL to FreeCAD and made some adjustments before printing. ...
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