Lessons Learned from Resolution at 0.20mm
With Dave Durant’s magic printer calibration program I was able to just specify what layer height (vertical resolution) I wanted – and it just worked. This is a totally new experience for me. Before playing with this program I spent time dialing in each version of ReplicatorG to my specific 3D printer’s settings – with different settings for my Cupcake than for my Thing-O-Matic. Now I can just choose my desired vertical resolution and FIRE THE MAKERBOT! If you’re planning on playing limbo with your computer too, there are a few practical concerns:1
- Careful measurement of the filament is important. Printing by laying down 0.2mm thick layers of plastic means your printer has to have a very good idea of how much plastic is coming in and going out. Dave’s magic program will figure how much is going out, so all you have to do is carefully measure your filament. I suggested my method the other day. You don’t have to use my method, but I would suggest that you can’t take too many samples in getting this right. Printing at 0.2mm layers means that over or under measuring will have a pretty big impact on the amount of plastic deposited at each layer.
- Attention to the build height is important. Printing at 0.2mm thick layers of plastic means that if your starting build height is off by as much as 0.1mm, you’re basically compromising half a layer of plastic. Being off by 0.1mm in starting build height just isn’t that much of a problem when you are printing at 0.4mm per layer – there’s plenty of room for the plastic to squish around and find a place to go. Make sure your Z maximum endstop doesn’t have a lot of wiggle, your platform is hitting the Z maximum endstop in the same area reliably, and that there’s not much wobble or wiggle2 in your Z stage that could cause a big variance in your starting build height. Also, be sure to check your printer’s auto-homing features several times before printing at this level. 3 If you’re not sure about how to calibrate the proper print height, follow these calibration directions.
- Having a perfectly flat build surface is important. Since you’re printing at such thin layers, inconsistencies in your build surface will be magnified through the layers as you print. You’ll want to make sure your build surface is totally flat – or flat to within about 0.1mm. If you’re very close to having a level surface a good way to test it is to print a large flat object. When that first layer goes down you’ll see the filament fuse together where the platform is at the proper height and either become individual strands where the platform is too low or it will start pushing plastic around where the build platform is too high. I would suggest calibrating your starting build height for the highest point on your build surface and, if you’re using an automated build platform, you can just slightly adjust the lower points by adding a piece of Kapton tape. Putting it under the belt in the lowest spots will raise your build surface very very slightly.
Next time – more about Dave Durant’s magic printer calibration program!
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