This video teaches how to select the best print resolution. It also reviews how to predict how much time and material a print will require.
- [Instructor] When you create something with a 3D printer,…you have control over how smooth the surface is…by saying the height of each layer.…This also has a strong affect…on how long your piece will take to print out.…And as we'll see,…how many solid top and bottom layers you use…interacts with this setting strongly too.…We've launched Matter Control…and loaded in two stl files we use…to demonstrate what happens when we change these settings.…When you change layer height,…a curved surface is smoother,…but the print takes longer.…First we'll show how these affect…a dome 20 millimeters in radius.…So first let's go to settings and controls,…and we're set to a layer height of 0.1,…which is what we're going to use for this.…
And now let's go to layer view,…and go ahead and generate this.…And rendering this takes a while in real life,…so if you're following along,…this might take a little while.…But here we'll zoom in,…and take a good look at these nice smooth layers,…and you'll notice there's very little stair-stepping.…
- Slicing and host programs
- Selecting the best print resolution
- Retraction, filament, extrusion, and nozzle settings
- Setting printer temperature and speed
- Working with multiple extruders
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 02/27/2018. What changed?
A: We updated the videos in the Slicer and Host Programs chapter to reflect the most recent changes to the software.