3D Printer: To Increase the Print Quality

Just as a 3D printer comes from the factory, it does not print optimally for a long time. Use these tricks to improve.

You have already been using a 3D printer for some time. They know the device well and believe that the print quality has already been exhausted. But especially with 3D printers, there is still a little more with the right hand.

Many problems with the print quality of 3D printers are cross-model. They have to do with the correct temperature setting or concern the output speed of the plastic thread. This is the way to go with all users who have a 3D printer. The manufacturer of the 3D printing software Simplify3D has taken this to heart and has compiled an online catalog, which describes image and word problems with print quality and proposes solutions.The Troubleshooting Guide is written in English. 

If you open the page, you will get an overview of common annoyances – for example, “The 3D printer does not output a filament after printing starts”. Click on the image to see possible scenarios that might have caused the problem – such as “The pressure nozzle is too close to the pressure bed” or “The extruder is clogged”. Do not know what your acute problem might have caused, just click through the suggestions and read the solutions. For the described case Simplify3D proposes to correct the distance of the nozzle in the height (Z-axis).

A bit annoying are the many references to the printing software of the manufacturer. However, good approaches can be read out in order to get to the bottom of an acute problem with 3D print quality. One example: you are surprised that the plastic layers do not touch one another, but this was actually the model. You might think there is an error in the template. Before attempting to change the model, you may wish to check the extruder. Often irregularly constructed walls are produced when the plastic is too little plastic. To do this, print a cube with a size of 2 centimeters. If the surfaces are somewhat perforated or irregular, there is not enough printing material coming out of the nozzle.Verify that the correct filament location is defined. Each type requires its own settings at temperature.

Your problem has not been resolved yet? Just try the following tips:

Printer Firmware Update: Regular updates the printer’s firmware to benefit the quality of expenditure, because by Updates things printers can deal with new materials such as flexible plastic variants. This extends the range of application of the devices. In many cases firmware updates also improve the calibration process. The axes of the 3D printer are then set more precisely. This is reflected in a more accurate print result.

Inquire regularly on the printer manufacturer’s website for a firmware update. You can import it in two ways: Either you download it to the computer to which the printer viaUSB is connected. Or you can drag it to a memory card and play the update via the slot on the printer. The navigation is then carried out via the printer display.

Printer Software Update: Not only the 3D printer itself, but also the printer software benefits from program updates. Just open source software as a Bolt host or Cura are constantly evolving. But also proprietary programs such as Makerbots Makerware receive regular updates from the manufacturer. They benefit from improved slicing – splitting the original into print layers – or refined printer settings. As a result, the 3D printer works more precisely, ultimately benefiting from the accuracy of the finished item.

Down with the printing speed: who does not like working with auxiliary structures, can this save sometimes by letting the printer work slower. This works especially with simpler objects without overhangs. In the printer settings, adjust the printer’s speed. This gives the 3D printer a little more time to allow the plastic to cure. The finished layer is already somewhat more stable when the next layer is placed. Especially with PLA plastics the measure often increases the print quality. They come without the auxiliary structures, which you have to remove in the finished article otherwise, and risk leaving residues at the expense of the quality.

Power management in computer off: Need Large objects much time for the printing process. The printer often works several hours at a time. If your 3D printer is connected to the computer via USB, the data stream must not be interrupted. To do this, deactivate the power management of the PC. If, on the other hand, it is activated, the computer switches to the energy saving mode and the printer no longer receives any data. The result: The printing process stops. Not only do you lose valuable time, but you also risk printing errors, because the moment when the PC wakes up and sends data to the printer, mechanical misfeeds and errors in the printed product often occur.

Pressure temperature vary: How much of the plastic is heated, has a direct effect on the print result. The hotter the thread, the faster it moves out of the pressure nozzle. It also takes longer to cool on the object. Conversely, a too cold thread is more liable to adhere to the already printed layer or construction platform. Both can lead to pressure errors. A processing temperature optimized for the plastic increases the quality of the print results. It is a pleasure to taste.

Set the temperature values in the print settings of software either up or down. Do not take too much steps. For example, if you have a processing temperature of 218 degrees Celsius, move them up or down about 3 to 5 degrees. You will achieve an effect by yourself.

In general, the various printer models behave differently. The plastic types ABS and PLA react very individually to temperature changes. The effect on print quality is all the greater when you have found the best settings.