Getting Better Prints with MatterControl
Modified on: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 6:58 PM
- As a rule of thumb the print time and the amount of material used in a print decreases by a factor of four if you scale the print down by half. Conversely the amount of print time and material increases by a factor of four if you double the size of a print.
- Plastic shrinks as it cools. For example, if you print a part with PLA each layer may shrink by approximately .3% in the X and Y directions. You can accommodate for this shrinkage by scaling an objects size in the X and Y directions by a factor of 1.003 as shown below. Be sure to unselect the Lock Ratio box before clicking Set for both the X and Y scaling factors.
- If you are printing large flat pieces on your printer and are having problems with your print sticking to the bed try turning your fans off during the print. This will slow down the cooling process which can help keep it from peeling up.
- When changing filaments make sure you extrude the new filament into the hot end to push the old filament out. This is especially important when changing colors. Black filament for instance can take almost a full meter to get completely cleaned out from the hot end so it won't effect the color of your new print.
- If you are having problems with the filament sticking to the bed wipe your surface down with an alcohol wipe. It makes a huge difference and will help your build tak last a lot longer.
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