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bolsoncerrado
10-29-2015, 08:37 AM
Print Quality
Troubleshooting Guide



This guide is a great place to start if you are trying to improve the quality of your 3D printed parts. We have compiled an extensive list of the most common 3D printing issues along with the software settings that you can use to solve them. Best of all, the guide uses a large collection of real-world images to make each issue easy to identify when examining your own 3D printed parts. So let’s get started!

Use the thumbnails below to identify the picture that most closely represents the quality issue that you are seeing in your own 3D printed parts. You can click on the thumbnail to jump that that portion of the guide for immediate recommendations on how to resolve the issue. If you are not able to locate your issues from the thumbnails, feel free to scroll down and read through each section of the guide in more detail. There are plenty of useful tips to learn that can help improve your 3D printed results!




Not Extruding At Start
(https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#not-extruding-at-start-of-print)
https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Not-Extruding-At-Start-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#not-extruding-at-start-of-print)
Printer does not extrude plastic at the beginning of the print






Not Sticking To Bed (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#print-not-sticking-to-the-bed)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Print-Not-Sticking-To-Bed-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#print-not-sticking-to-the-bed)
The first layer does not stick to the bed and the print quickly fails




Under-Extrusion (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#not-extruding-enough-plastic)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Under-Extruding-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#not-extruding-enough-plastic)
Printer does not extrude enough plastic, gaps between perimeters and infill




Over-Extrusion (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#extruding-too-much-plastic)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Over-Extruding-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#extruding-too-much-plastic)
Printer extrudes too much plastic, prints looks very messy




Gaps in Top Layers (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#holes-and-gaps-in-the-top-layers)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Holes-Or-Gaps-In-Top-Layers-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#holes-and-gaps-in-the-top-layers)
Holes or gaps in the top layers of the print




Stringing or Oozing (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#stringing-or-oozing)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Hairs-And-Stringing-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#stringing-or-oozing)
Lots of strings and hairs left behind when moving between different sections of the print




Overheating (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#overheating)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Over-Heating-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#overheating)
Small features become overheated and deformed




Layer Shifting (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#layer-shifting-or-misalignment)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Layer-Shifting-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#layer-shifting-or-misalignment)
Layers are misaligned and shift relative to one another




Layer Separation and Splitting (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#layer-separation-and-splitting)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Layers-Splitting-Or-Cracking-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#layer-separation-and-splitting)
Layers are separating and splitting apart while printing




Grinding Filament (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#grinding-filament)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Grinding-Or-Stripped-Filament-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#grinding-filament)
Plastic is being ground away until the filament no longer moves, otherwise known as "stripped" filament




Clogged Extruder (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#clogged-extruder)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Clogged-Extruder-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#clogged-extruder)
Extruder is clogged or jammed and will no longer extrude plastic from the nozzle tip




Stops Extruding Mid Print (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#stops-extruding-in-middle-of-print)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Stops-Extruding-Mid-Print-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#stops-extruding-in-middle-of-print)
Printer stops extruding plastic randomly in the middle of a print



Weak Infill (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#weak-infill)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Weak-Or-Stringy-Infill-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#weak-infill)
Very thin, stringy infill that creates a weak interior and does not bond together well




Blobs and Zits (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#blobs-and-zits)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Blobs-And-Zits-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#blobs-and-zits)
Small blobs on the surface of print, otherwise known as zits




Gaps Between Infill and Outline (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#gaps-between-infill-and-outline)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Gap-Between-Infill-And-Outline-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#gaps-between-infill-and-outline)
Gaps between the outline of the part and the outer solid infill layers



Curling or Rough Corners (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#curling-or-rough-corners)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Curling-And-Warping-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#curling-or-rough-corners)
Corners of the print tend to curl and deform after they are printed




Scars on Top Surface (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#scars-on-top-surface)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Scars-On-Top-Surface-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#scars-on-top-surface)
The nozzle drags across the top of the print and creates a scar on the surface



Gaps in Floor Corners (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#holes-and-gaps-in-floor-corners)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Gaps-In-Floor-Corners-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#holes-and-gaps-in-floor-corners)
Gaps in the corners of the print, where the top layer does not join to the outline of the next layer



Lines on the Side of Print (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#lines-on-the-side-of-print)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Lines-On-Side-Of-Print-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#lines-on-the-side-of-print)
Side walls are not smooth, lines are visible on the side of the print



Vibrations and Ringing (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#vibrations-and-ringing)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vibrations-And-Ringing-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#vibrations-and-ringing)
Vibrations that cause oscillations on the surface of the print, otherwise known as "ringing"



Gaps in Thin Walls (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#gaps-in-thin-walls)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Gaps-In-Thin-Walls-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#gaps-in-thin-walls)
Gaps between thin walls of the print where the perimeters do not touch




Small Features Not Printed (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#very-small-features-not-being-printed)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Small-Features-Disappearing-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#very-small-features-not-being-printed)
Very small features are not printed or are missing from the software preview




Inconsistent Extrusion (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#inconsistent-extrusion)

https://www.simplify3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Inconsistent-Extrusion-580x430.jpg (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/#inconsistent-extrusion)
Extrusion amount tends to vary and is not consistent enough to produce an accurate shape




>> Source (https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/)

olbuddybob
05-19-2018, 01:05 PM
Hi, I worked for Life Interiors in Australia and facing problem in creating objects and unable to fix it. The problem is like thin interior, could you please help. I am making furniture objects!