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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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Tiny holes happening randomly when printing thin walls (Creality Ender 3 Pro - Simplify3d)

I'm trying to 3D print a cookie/clay cutter with the cutting edge at 0.4 mm but I keep getting small gaps in the print that seem to appear randomly. I've toyed with settings such as increasing the ...
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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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Maximum number of lines of G-code per second (Ender 3/Octoprint)

I'm writing a slicer to generate print paths based on two input fields: one describing the shape I need to be printed and the other describing the direction which I would like the nozzle to follow. ...
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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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Deactivate combing in first layer

I noticed a problem with the combing feature. When I print the first layer with combing set to “not in skin” the extruder does not retract on the first layer. That leads to ugly oozing strings in the ...
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How to resume an unfinished project

I was printing a lid for a box in my Ender 3 pro printer. But I don't know why it stopped printing and moved aside when it does in finished printings. This happened at midnight and I didn't see it ...
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Issues With Cura 4.6.1 Effecting Text Width On The Initial Layer

I'm have an issue where Cura 4.6.1 is effecting the width of certain characters if the part is orented to print them on the the bottom. The initial layer seems to be the only layer that is effected. ...
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Alternating number of lines for the shell between layers

Is is possible to have alternating numbers of lines for the outer wall between each layer? So, say, one layer will have 3 lines for the wall, the next layer, 2, then the next layer 3, then 2 again, ...
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Brim around just one section

I'm looking to print this item: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4274950 I want to lay it flat on the bed, 90° to how it's shown on Thingiverse. The problem is there's the one little corner on ...
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Weird solid infill for chamfer

I am very frustrated with some weird solid infill issue, mostly due to sloped wall such as chamfer for fillet. Here is an example. I have a 20x20x20 mm cube with 2 mm rounded chamfer at the ...
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Prusa slicer and support material

I usually use Slic3r 1.3 but now I'm trying the new Prusa slicer 2.2 that offers new features. I see that Prusa slicer creates ...
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Cura imports FreeCAD stl wrong

I am trying to import an STL file, I created in FreeCAD. It has a hole in the hull of the object and behind that hole there are two pins inside the object (see attached FreeCAD screenshot). When I ...
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Can Cura alert me (give a warning) if it estimates times for layers are too long?

I occasionally have a problem with warping and peeling. Mostly this is fine; it only happens rarely. Recently it happened again on a larger item, and it gave me an idea. I went back and looked, and I ...
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Big cracks on the Layer view in the Preview mode of Cura

I designed a part on Fusion 360 that looks like this: The part is very small, about 20 mm for 10 mm. I'm then importing it to Cura and I notice they are huge cracks on the part when ...
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Simplify3D, connection disapear after slice

I have a problem with some models like this (trim_tabs version) : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3401852 When I import the model on simplify, the tabs are sticky to the model (see pic3.png) but ...
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Why are skirts designed the way they are?

I understand the purpose of printing with a skirt (or at least, I think I do): it gets the filament warmed up and flowing properly, in order to avoid extrusion problems while starting to print the ...
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How to slice thin curved wall

I'm trying to print a part with thin walls. I've designed it with wall 1.2 mm thick, so that I should get three 0.4 mm lines. This works just fine for the straight lines, but for the ...
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Slicer for 32 Bit Operating systems?

I currently only have access to an old, 32 bit OS and need to slice a couple things. While there are a lot of slicers around, most popular ones, for example Ultimaker Cura 4, need to run on a 64 bit ...
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Seeking documentation for Apex slicer on AirWolf 3D printer

I have been, unsuccessfully, in contact with AirWolf and have concluded that there is no formal documentation available for their Apex slicer software that would explain what all the various ...
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How to slice a model to ensure at least a certain amount of filament per layer?

I am designing a part with a material which can bear up to a certain stress. To keep the stress within the design limits, I need to ensure a certain surface of solid material per layer, in other ...
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Tuning time estimates in Cura

Cura consistently under-estimates my print times. I know I'm not alone here, but I've also noticed it seems most of the difference comes from travel and retraction times... that is, if I re-slice an ...
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Smaller outer layer height?

I am printing minis and other very detailes stuff and I find that 0.04 mm layer height gives the best looking (smoothest) result. However it takes a long time, so I am looking for ways to speed it up. ...
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Does CuraEngine get some advantage slicing cylinders to move the head back to the center twice on each layer?

To date I have used RepG and Repetier with CuraEngine to do my slicing. In various instances when printing a layer of a cylinder it will start in the middle and head out toward either side. Then it ...
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PLA printings always ~0.22% larger

I was trying to print parts for a small CD-ROM drive based plotter based on this thing https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3521286 But as tolerances are very small and need to match the existing parts, ...
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Why and how am I supposed to change the extrusion multiplier? [duplicate]

The slicing software knows exactly (given accurate E-step, filament diameter, nozzle diameter values) how much cold plastic is pushed in the extruder and how much mass is extruded. Why should the ...
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Slicer is adding additional floor bed

I'm trying to print an architectural model of a house with 2 floors and a room on the roof. It was designed in SketchUp by a friend. I removed inner walls and floors to print it upside down to get ...