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Questions about the surface of a 3D printed object

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Rough surface when printing

Is there a specific name for that problem? What causes this, and is there a way how to solve it? Printed with PLA, 2 mm nozzle diameter, 0.2 mm layer height, 20-60 mm/s, 200 °C ...
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Weird surface thing

I have a 3D printer at home, the Colido Compact, and for some reason when I 3D print big flat surfaces a really weird thing happens. I'm using some PLA from Colido too I think It almost seems as if ...
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Subdivision surface for STL files

How much should I subdivide a surface in preparation for 3D printing? For computer graphics, I know that I need to balance the smoothness and the rendering time, but for printing, I'd like it to be ...
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How to concave a cylinder with Onshape?

If I have a 3D cylindrical extrusion (in Onshape), how can I scoop, carve, or indent a concave/parabolic curve in one of the ends? The yellow surface is the target. Here is the basic shape I'm ...
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How do I give 3D-printed parts in ABS a shiny smooth finish?

The surfaces of my printed parts using ABS plastic look rough and uneven. What methods can I use to achieve a smoother finish for my for 3D-printed objects?
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Is there a way to print on a 3D printed surface?

I have a 3D printed object that I'd like to print on. Adhesive stickers are an option, but as the surface is rounded it's difficult to get a good film to stick well. Is there any system to print on ...
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Bed design for magnetic easy release when printing PLA

I print on a glass bed covered with BuildTak. Prints stick well, release is difficult. They sell a mod, self adhesive magnetic sheet that holds a steel plate which in turn you put the BuildTak on ...
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Methods for applying full color graphic decals to the surface of a 3d printed part?

I'm trying to find a way of applying graphics to my ABS printed parts. I need a robust method which can produce a decent amount of detail with true color and legible fine text . I also was hoping to ...
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Triangulation adapted to curvature

I don't know whether this belongs here (where most of the questions appear to be about hardware) or on Math or on Blender (though I've never used Blender). All of the designs that I've published so ...
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Practical concerns smoothing PLA print with chloroform vapours

One way to give PLA prints a smooth finish is treatment with chloroform vapours (or other solvents, as mentioned in this answer). This method is even featured on Ultimaker website. I would like to try ...
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What can I use to “sand” my ABS prints?

I have a 3d printer that uses ABS filament. The software I use will generate vertical supports for my objects before printing that can be easily broken off after they have been used during print to ...
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How do I give 3D-printed parts in PLA a shiny smooth finish?

The surfaces of my printed parts using PLA plastic look rough and uneven. Would changing filament to a better one make any difference? If not, what kind of methods can I use to achieve a smoother ...