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How do you fix common 3d printing problems?

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This is a guest contribution by Jack William is a passionate sales expert cum writer at Printzone.

How do you fix common 3d printing problems?

There are a number of ways to fix common 3d problems. All you need to do is to go with the right solution. If you know the root cause of the problem then it will become easier for you to find out the solution. However, if you don’t know the cause of the problem then it will become difficult for you to resolve it. Therefore, no matter the problem if major or minor. If you know the cause and the solution, then no one can stop you to resolve it. 

In general, there are many reasons that can lead to printing problems such as leakage in the printer cartridges, fault in the drum unit, the issue in the designing and structure, and many more. But to help you know all the common problems in detail, we have curated a list of some of them with generic solutions. 

We want you to read the post thoroughly so you are able to resolve issues yourself. Let’s get started!!!!

Table of Contents

  1. List of top 4 3d printing issues
  1. Over Extrusion
  2. Warping
  3. Stringing
  4. Cracks in printing results
  5. Concluding Remarks

List of top 4 3d printing issues

Over Extrusion

Over Extrusion is the first and most common issue in 3D printing that users can observe while printing something. This issue generally occurs when the printer consumes more filament than required. It results in excess filament on the outer edge of the 3D printed model and loads of wasted filament. If we come to the root cause of this issue, then it happens when the extrusion multiplier or flow setting in the slicing software is set extremely high. If you know the root cause, then it will become easier for you to resolve this issue. 

Below, we have mentioned the best solution you can opt for to fix this issue. Let’s have a look!

  • Edit the extrusion multiplier. You can edit it by unlocking your slicer software and verifying that the right extrusion multiplier is chosen or not. It will help you overcome this extrusion issue.
  • The second solution is if the extrusion multiplier seems to you quite accurate and the settings are also accurate, then you must check the flow settings. You can decrease the flow setting in your printer’s software settings to decrease the chance of over extrusion.

Warping

Let’s put some light on another common 3D printing issue that disappoints you a lot. If this issue is happening in your printer, then the base of the 3D printing model will begin to lift/bend upwards until it no longer matches the printing platform. It can lead to horizontal cracks in the upper portions of the print. If we talk about the root cause of this issue, then it happens due to contraction begins in PLA filament & ABS and warping occurs when the plastic is cooled too quickly.

Now, when you have known the reason behind this issue, let’s move to the solutions to quickly fix this issue. 

  • Use a heated print surface and adjust the temperature below the melting point of plastic. 
  • Apply glue, it will help keep the base layer stuck to the printing surface and block it from rising. Make sure you use a small quantity of glue on the print surface that results in increased adhesion and further,  stops it from lifting from the corners.
  • In the last solution, you can re-level the printing platform. Wrong print platform calibration is usually one of the main reasons for warping. Re-run throughout the calibration process and verify that the bed is up to the level and the nozzle height is accurate or not. 

Stringing

Stringing is another one of the most common 3D printing issues. If you have faced this issue, then you may know that the unsightly strings of plastic between parts of the 3d model don’t allow the printer to print perfectly. If we talk about the root cause, then stringing generally happens because the print head moves over an open field and filament starts leaking and dripping out of the nozzle giving a ‘string’ of plastic.

Here are some solutions that help you fix this issue. Please read them carefully. 

  • Enable retraction. It is the best solution since it can help with the quality of the surface and can be enabled through slicing software. 
  • Prefer standard retraction. If it is not working perfectly, then reduce the minimum travel. It is considered as the quickest solution to fix stringing issues. 

Cracks in printing results

Last but not least. This is the most important and widely known 3D printing issue. Cracks generally appear on the sides of your prints, notably on the biggest models. It is considered as the most irritating issue in 3D printing. The reason being it tends to affect larger prints.

Here are some easy-to-implement steps that you can perform to overcome this issue. 

  • First of all, adjust the extruder temperature. Start this process by raising the extruder temperature. We suggest increasing it by about 10ºC and use trial and error. 
  • Next, review and regulate the fan directions and speeds. Be sure that you cross-check the fans on your printer so you can analyze they’re completely working. If everything is going perfectly but the problem is still there, then reduce their speed.

Concluding Remarks

Well, these are the top 4 common 3d printing issues that you face. Apart from these, there are many more that we will discuss in our upcoming blogs. All you need to do is stay updated with our blogs. 

These issues are not permanent. It can be resolved using the best solutions possible. Some of them we have discussed above. If you want to know the solutions, then do let us know in the comments below. 

However, if you want to share anything else related to 3D printing, then most welcome! We appreciate your suggestions. 

Besides, if you thought that the issue occurs only due to using the Cheap Printer Cartridges or other printing products, then we hope, now we have cleared your misconception. 

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Author Bio:

Jack William is a passionate sales expert cum writer at Printzone. Printzone is one of the best online portals of Printer products such as Cartridges, Brother inks, Toners, Drums, etc. He is an admirer of sharing his innovative ideas with others on the technology  trends

How to Address Common 3D Printing Issues

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This is a guest contribution by Lance Clemons, an Industry marketing manager at Printzone       

Since the existence of 3D Printing, also called additive manufacturing, its presence has become more and more vital in the industry. It is the technique of putting together a 3-dimensional object from a computer-generated 3D model wherein many computer-controlled methods are included. Amongst the most usually perceived is the layer-by-layer joining of elements, named as solidification. Needless to say, with its emerging use, it offers great benefits to users. But apart from benefits, it has a few limitations as well. It holds several critical issues that sometimes users find hard to resolve. It may be due to improper functioning of printer cartridges or due to something else. But to ensure professional quality printing results, addressing issues becomes a necessity. 

If you are also interested in using 3D printing technology in your printing business, then this article is just for you! Here, we will put a deep light on some of the common issues that users can face using this technique and feel stuck in a printing job. Moreover, we will also give accurate solutions to address and fix the issues hassle-free. 

So, don’t go anywhere! Be with us for the next few minutes and enjoy reading! 

Table Of Contents

  1. 5 Common 3D Printing Issue Are As Given Below
  1. String Issue
  2. Warping Issues
  3. Clogged or Jammed Extruder
  4. Weak Infill Problem
  5. Issues Related To Dimensional Accuracy
  1. Final Remarks

5 Common 3D Printing Issue Are As Given Below

  • String Issue 

The ones who had used a quick-drying adhesive material like glue can well interpret how irritating stringing issues can be. This issue in 3D printing happens when excess fluid stuff gets out of the nozzle, leaving “strings” in its trace as it transfers from one section to another. Aforementioned intends to produce an object with ugly lines/strings that seem like gossamers all over it. 

Addressing this problem is very simple. The professional technician can switch on the machine’s retraction function to retract back the plastic and filament material from the nozzle before transferring from one printing area to another. That effectively stops profusion drips and helps you have smooth printing results. 

  • Warping Issues

It is to be said that 3D printed objects are of far more solid quality than conventionally produced ones. Nevertheless, like any other method, 3D printing is also sensitive to common device errors. one of those errors, a very common error or issue that has been noticed and troubleshot by many users, is “warping”. Wrapping issues generally occur when the base of the printed object begins to bend, tilt, fold, and it does not settle flat on the printing surface. This issue will not just tilt the printing object, but also lead to horizontal cracks that further ruins the quality printing job. 

It’s quite obvious when the printing machine is not being able to print perfectly and on appropriate spots, then it destroys the printing tasks operating on a wider scale. Technical persons/engineers can address this issue easily and resolve it with the best ways possible too. By using a  heated print platform, engineers set the temperature just below the plastic’s melting point and start resolving this issue. 

  • Clogged or Jammed Extruder

You may have heard that 3D printers extrude several kilograms of plastic in its entire life. To make things worse and more complicated, this plastic outlets the extruder sometimes via a small hole and starts creating printing issues. Unavoidably, there comes a time when everything starts going wrong in the printing process and the extruder stops pushing plastic through its nozzle. The simple & straightforward reason behind it is jams & clogs!! The jams or clogs occur as something stuck in the nozzle, which blocks the plastic from completely extruding.

It may seem quite daunting to resolve this issue. But by implementing the best ways or the troubleshooting steps, anyone can resolve it easily. 

Here is a list of some of the common troubleshooting steps that you can implement to get rid of this issue. 

  • Again load the filament carefully
  • Cleanse the nozzle thoroughly
  • Manually shift the filament into the extruder

Implementing these easy and simple steps, you can resolve this 3d printing issue. 

  • Weak Infill Problem

Undoubtedly, the infill in your 3D printed object plays a vital role in the durability of the design. The infill is accountable for joining the outer shells of your 3D print, and strengthening the upper surfaces, which will be printed on top of the infill. But the issue that can trouble users is infill gets weak or gluey. But remember one thing in mind, nothing is permanent and this issue can also be resolved easily.

All you need to make a few adjustments in your software settings so you can add an added strength to this section of your print and determine the problem. Here we have summed up common solutions to this problem that you can implement. Have a look! 

  • You can reduce the print speed
  • In addition to it, you can also try alternate infill patterns
  • You can expand the infill width of the extrusion 

Employing these steps cum ways, you can troubleshoot this issue and have a happy and hassle-free printing! 

  • Issues Related To Dimensional Accuracy

Last but not least! Here’s another important issue that users can face in 3d printing is related to dimensional accuracy. No doubt, the dimensional accuracy is extremely significant in 3d printing if you are producing a bulk of devices or components that want to be accurately fit together. And many factors can affect dimensional accuracy and lead to bigger manufacturing issues. 

You can have dimensional accuracy errors in under extrusion & over-extrusion, thermal contraction measurements, filament quality & quality analysis, and the nozzle alignment. But using tools & techniques, you can simplify and resolve this issue in the one-go. 

  • Start printing a model with 50-100 layers and measuring the top 20 layers.
  • Begin analyzing the difference between perimeters & holes in the top surfaces. 
  • Offsetting the edges of your print to understand the dimensional errors & differences.
  • Adjusting the required settings. 
  • Double-click on your 3D model to simplify the interface and set the scale to 100.5% so you can reduce dimensional errors. 

These tips will surely help you fix dimensional issues. 

Final Remarks

We hope to read the above article if you have understood how you can Address Common 3D Printing Issues and resolve them with the best practices. The 3D issue harms the functionality of compatible toner cartridges, ruins the printing jobs, and the manufacturing process of dedicated printers and 3d models. Therefore, we just want to say that you get to know the issues timely and then fix them in the best ways possible. Otherwise, you can end up with poor printing results and improper manufacturing of 3 objects.

Hopefully, you consider what we said earlier & step ahead to a happy 3d printing process. 

For now, have a happy reading and ask us if you feel any doubt! 

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Author Bio: 

My name is Lance Clemons working as Industry marketing manager for Printzone. Printzone is the leading online supplier of HP Printer Cartridges, Ink Cartridges, Compatible Toner Cartridges and Other Consumables for Printers. He is an admirer of sharing his innovative ideas with others on the technology trends.

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