5 Important Tips For Better 3D Printing Results
We know that it is not always easy to get a perfectly printed 3D model. Working your way around different filament materials and 3D printers can be confusing even for experienced designers. Whether you are a 3D printing novice or an experienced maker, our tips will help you avoid common mistakes and get better 3D printing results. Follow this short checklist and get the most out of your 3D printer!
- Study carefully the characteristics of your material. Each filament type has different properties that are suited to particular designs. For instance, ABS is a rigid plastic which works great for printing solid and strong objects, while PLA is excellent for high-resolution prints. Your filament determines your modelling limitations, so it is important to choose the right one and stick to its design rules. This is the first step to ensure that your object prints out successfully.
- Decide on the appropriate level of resolution. In general, a resolution of 0.01 mm gives you a reasonably-sized export file and a decent print quality. Low-resolution files result in poor quality prints, while very high resolution contains a level of detail that 3D printers simply cannot produce yet.
Make sure the thickness of your model allows it to be 3D printed. If your object is not thick enough it could break off easily or collapse on itself. Take into account the weight distribution and make sure that your object can support its own weight.
Calibrate your printer
- Levelling the printing bed of your machine is essential for a successful print. If the building platform is too close to the nozzle, the filament will not extrude properly. Similarly, if there’s too much room between the bed and the nozzle, the first layer of your print will not stick to the building platform. Generally, we recommend that you place the printing bed at 0.1 mm away from the nozzle at all points (you can make this adjustment, using a sheet of paper).
- Adjust print temperature, keeping in mind your filament. When printing with PLA the extruder temperature should be between 175 and 220 °C, the temperature of the building platform should be 50 °C. If you use ABS, it is between 220 and 250 °C and 110 °C respectively.
Once you’ve got through this checklist; sit back, relax and watch your 3D printer bring your ideas to life!