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01.02.2024

What can go wrong with 3D printing?

There are various problems that can arise with 3D printing. Here are some common challenges: Layer adhesion and adhesion: Insufficient adhesion between the layers or the printed object on the printing platform can lead to peeling and deformation.

  • Clogged nozzles: Clogged nozzles can restrict material flow and lead to uneven printing or even printing failures.
  • Overheating: Printing temperatures that are too high can cause excessive melting of the filament, which can lead to blurred edges and other quality problems.
  • Under-extrusion: This occurs when the printer does not extrude enough material. It can lead to gaps and weaknesses in the printed object.
  • Over-extrusion: The opposite of under-extrusion, extruding too much material can lead to overlaps, smeared details, and other problems.
  • Misalignment of layers: This can be caused by mechanical problems such as poorly calibrated axes and results in visible shifts between layers.
  • Stringing and Oozing: Uncontrolled material leakage during non-printing movements can result in fine threads or drips between objects.
  • Warping: Some materials, such as ABS, tend to warp as they cool, which can cause deformation at the edges of the printed object.
  • Bridges and overhangs: If settings are not optimal, overhangs or bridges in the printed object can collapse or produce unsightly results.
  • Support Structures: The need for support structures can result in unwanted surfaces that must be removed after printing is completed.
  • Design problems: Sometimes the problem lies in the file itself. Unclean models, errors or problems with geometry can lead to printing problems.
  • Print speed and settings: Print speeds that are too high or parameters set incorrectly can affect print quality.

To minimize these problems, it is important to properly calibrate the 3D printer, use the optimal printing settings, and use high-quality filaments. If problems occur, it is helpful to identify the cause and make appropriate adjustments.