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The secret to printing the perfect first layer by setting the Cura slicing software

There is a setting on Cura that is rarely used by people, and the user can print out a more perfect first layer after setting it up. In a 3D printing job, a more perfect first layer means a good start for the entire printed object. What is the setting? Let’s learn about it from Mr Irvin Shapiro’s video!

To ensure the flatness of the hot bed, Mr. Irvin Shapiro introduced a first-level calibration assistant made of soft material. The model file can be found in the following path:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2741800  (Thanks to the player gaaZolee for sharing)

First-layer calibration assistant tool

This is a calibration model with a thickness of only 0.2mm. By printing out the model, you can check whether the printer settings are in place during this process, such as whether the distance between the print head and the hot bed is at the optimal distance, whether the printing thickness has been adjusted and other parameters.

Don’t underestimate such a thin model, it allows players to check whether the hot bed plane is flat, printing thickness, filling density and other parameters
With the printed calibration model, the printer is actually ready to serve you!
Adding solid glue makes it easier to pick out the model. Mr Irvin Shapiro said that he has printed with solid glue countless times and only few mistakes made

Mr Irvin Shapiro chose an all-in-one 3D printing adhesive glue, which is easy to use, suitable for a variety of materials, non-toxic and odorless, and can print and fix objects for a long time to avoid unnecessary wrinkles. It is a must have Tool for 3D printing enthusiasts.

Secondly, printing speed is the second setting we need to consider. Some people like to set a faster printing speed at the beginning, although this will get the printed model faster, but the quality is not satisfactory.As said before, good quality comes from a good start. The meaning of printing the first layer of an object is to have the patience to lay the foundation, so that the next printing can be done once and for all.

You can refer to the printing speed parameter settings shared by Mr Irvin Shapiro.  — Slicing software Ultimaker Cura

Under the “Travel” setting column, find the “Combing” setting. When the mode is set to “Not in Skin”, the printer’s movement track will be adjusted to avoid unnecessary retraction. In this setting, the print head passes directly through the inside of the model instead of retracting the filament and passing through the open space to the next position. This also avoids the possibility of stringing, because any drips will remain in the printing. Using the following parameter settings means that the material will retract and move in a straight line to the next printing area. When the material is returned (and when the material is adjusted correctly for the printer), the nozzle will not drip the filament. All these put a perfect end to your first –layer print.

By turning on the “Combing Mode”, you will obviously see that the printing time is reduced, because the printer no longer needs to stop and retract, and the surface quality of the finished product is also improved.

More 3D printing information, welcome to follow Anet official website!

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