Hello all. Just getting into 3D Printing and have just got my Taz 5. Having so much fun already!!.
I am a performance car enthusiast and plan on making a hobby of using my 3D printer to make small custom parts for people. An example is a friend has a car (a Lexcen) that he has swapped the motor for an LSx, and would like a custom badge made for it. So the things i want to make will often be quite “flat”.
I am very familiar with 3d modelling, and use Inventor. So I have modeled up the design and produced the STL file.
My question is about the “quality” of the print. The best result i have had so far, is printing the badge upside down on the bed so that the top layer of the badge is smooth is that makes sense. But the lower areas are quite rough, where they have the grooves of the print nozzle in them.
At present i have a roll of ABS and also PLA, the results don’t seem to vary much between the two.
So can anyone suggest any tips on how to make flat areas smoother? below is an image out of Inventor, then one of some of the attempts.