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Vase mode printing issues

Sun Nov 01, 2020 12:49 pm

Hi all,
I just installed a Zesty Nimble Direct drive extruder and E3D v6 Gold hotend. I am trying to print out a hollow pumpkin. Don't remember the the wall thickness. I was thinking I could try printing this design in Vase mode. Mybe this is a printer calibration issue? A very small round section prints correctly in the bottom then the print head starts printing in a circle laying down filament. From this point on this is what happens... The layers don't print close enough together to adhere to each other and I get just a bunch of string. Any thoughts? This is my first attempt at printing in Vase Mode.
I am wondering if overall I need to calibrate my Nozzle. With the E3D hotend the Nozzle is offset in the Heater Block which is why I think some type calibration is needed.

Thank You,

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Re: Vase mode printing issues

Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:50 pm

Is the source model you're trying to print modelled as a solid object..... or a hollow object that you're wanting to replicate??

Vase mode printing is essentially like the clay pot you will remember making at school out of a long sausage of clay coiled round into a spiral formed vessel. There has to be ONE filament extruded round and round in a spiral.....and if the source model you are printing is hollow, its impossible for the printer to have a single extrusion....and it will jump from one spiral....the outside wall a second spiral....the inside wall....and inevitably result in a messy print!

A simple solution may be to check the box "Merge all outlines into a single solid object" on the Advanced settings tab. Try it and look at the simulation to see if the sliced result is what you want.
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