Hey all, I’m having fun getting started with printing but I’m hoping to get some help with an issue. Here some details followed by three questions.
I modeled a 10mm x 10mm x 10mm cube in OpenSCAD to test print accuracy. When I load it into slic3r, it shows the
size is correct 10.00 x 10.00 x 10.00.
My layer height is set to 0.27, first layer height is 0.35.
When I load the exported gcode into printrun, the log says “the print goes from 0.350000 mm to 10.070000 mm in Z
and is 9.720000 mm high” and that it will be 37 layers.
Looking at the gcode where the initial Z position is set to 0.35, I’m assuming that the ‘first layer height’ is the height above the bed that the extruder is when it begins extrusion. This means the final Z position for the last layer is 10.07 (observed in the gcode).
Based on that, I would expect the model to be approximately 10.07mm high, despite what printrun reports in the log. However, having printed the object twice, I am getting an average height of about 9.7mm.
I’ve noticed that in general some prints flare out a tiny bit at the base, where it sits on the bed. It’s as if it has squished a tiny bit. Obviously this is affecting overall height a little.
Question 1 - Is this flaring a bed/hot end temp problem that I just need to dial in through experimentation or is there some other known configuration to help combat this?
Question 2 - If not the flaring, what am I missing about the configuration/slicing/printing process that leads to this height inaccuracy?
As for X/Y dimensions, my 10mm cube is coming out 10.5 to 10.6mm in the X and Y axis.
My cube has a 5mm diameter hole centered at the top. Measured, it comes out around 4.2mm.
Question 3 - When trying to make things with small precise sections, how do you normally deal with horizontal inaccuracy?
I was trying to make some clips for my T-slot bars, slotted knobs for some electronics, and other things where dimensions get down to the mm and was constantly fighting the dimensional variances.