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Best settings for small prints

Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:28 am

Hello,

I am new to 3D printing so I use the default configuration offered by simplify3D for my printer (FlashForge Creator Pro).

I'm trying to print a very small piece (7.5mm) with close holes without accurate results (see attachment)

Any suggestions on which settings to use for small impressions?

Thank you !
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Tiny print with close holes
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SweHogelid
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Re: Best settings for small prints

Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:09 am

Sorry to say but I wouldn't get my hopes up for a print that small with those tiny holes, but I'll guess it all depends on your expectations. Although you should be able to make a better one than that on the picture.

What nozzle size du you use?
And a better closeup would be nice :)

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dkightley
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Re: Best settings for small prints

Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:49 pm

It should be possible to get better results....that's not an impossibly small part...by a long way! See here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14049

Attach a factory file for this part, please.

And what material are you printing in?
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Re: Best settings for small prints

Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:47 am

Thank you for your answers!

I used the default nozzle that came with my printer (0.4mm diameter).
The material used is PolyMax PLA (1.75 mm) from Polymaker.
You will find the file as an attachment.
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Re: Best settings for small prints

Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:53 am

Oups my bad, you asked for the factory file, attached ! :D
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S3D-Alex
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Re: Best settings for small prints

Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:28 am

Thank you for the Factory File! After looking over your Process Settings I would suggest printing slower and at a lower temperature to start out with. 3600mm/min is pretty fast for such a small part and 230 is nearing the upper range of what PLA usually prints at. Is the picture you included only one layer of the print here?

greybeard
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Re: Best settings for small prints

Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:25 pm

Printed your part using:
#1) my default settings (shown below)
#2 Adjusted layer height to 0.1mm, Top/Btm layers=3, shells=2 unchanged

Printer: Prusa built from a Kit, 0.4 nozzle
PLA: esun

Results: in both cases, printed as shown in photo

Nothing else was tweaked. I’m certain I could get a perfect print if spending 5 minutes tweaking...

Note: I adjust bed height using thin cigarette rolling paper to ensure good ‘Squishing’ of layer1 onto bed glass.
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