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Until recently I had not found a method of calibrating the amount of extrusion required for a good print which has worked well for me.
Well…. All that has change since I stumbled upon this post: HERE
Of course I calibrate the extruder stepper like most people do (see Slic3r is Nicer) but I still had to fudge around with the Filament Settings / Extrusion Multiplier and the Printer Settings / Advanced to get something that resembled a ‘nice’ print.
I would change the Advanced settings from their default, print something and then change again and again until the print looked right as I had never found a good guide for setting up Slic3r.
Since I’ve been using this technique for a few weeks I wish to share what extra bits I’ve learnt.
When Calibrating make sure you set the extruder to slow down when print time is below 0 sec. I found it difficult to get a good calibration when the walls were made with a slow moving head so this makes sure the head DOES NOT slow down.
Set First Layer to 200% for good adhesion.
Set Infill to 125% to fill in any gaps in the top layer.]
So, from the “Solidoodle Tips” post I know that the Default Extrusion Width should be 1.4 times the layer height (eg. Layer height = 0.3 then Extrusion Width = 0.42) (0.2 = 0.28)
To then calibrate the extrusion:
Layer Settings: (click the picture for a larger version)
Filament Settings: (obviously don’t copy my Diameter or temperature settings, just the Extrusion Multiplier)
Print the cube again and re-measure. If it’s still not quite right then divide the Extrusion Multiplier by the measured thickness, then times by what it should be. (0.7636363636 / 0.44) * 0.42 = 0.72892561983471 for example.
I know this isn’t that straight forward but I wish I had found this method a long time ago! Thanks go to Ian Johnson over at Solidoodle Tips, he’s got a great website there full of VERY useful information to help you with your prints.
Hope this helps, let me know if it does or if you’d like any further information. Thanks.