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Print Temperature Calibration Piece

by Fastrack Nov 20, 2012
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Well I've only ever printed with ABS. And nothing else. 205C even for PLA strikes as me as not hot enough. Not hot enough means you can't "force out" the required amount of filament. Is your nozzle to bed the correct height? If not the layers won't adhere to each other.

thanks Fastrack, ill try hotter nozzle then, see what happens. new to this machine. Dont want to burn it out. lol

i seem to have strength errors on black filament. snaps off all the time. temp 205C. tried higher, same result

I just had this with some Amazon Basics filament. I ended up going with what temperature looked the best. Smooth layers etc. I also think it has a lot to do with nozzle distance from the bed. Since 2012 this is the first time I've seen filament behave the same at all print temps (235, 240, 245, 250, 255). !! I ended up going with 245 for the Amazon stuff. Note the Amazon stuff had a VERY strong bond and almost seemed more "rubbery" very hard to explain.

I am printing ABS with no fan, the peg portion is melting from heat build up from the previous layers..anyone experience similar issues? do i print with the fan on?

I can tell you. On my replicator one there's no fan to cool the prints. BUT the extruder cooling fans do cool the surface. A few years ago I made a deflector and the printed layers on small parts had issues like your describing. I gave up on that`and printed this. I just tweaked the print temperature until I got what I needed.

I can tell you , if your printing large objects you need to up the temp, at least on my 5F is usually good.

Hi! I've done many testes like this in the past, with S3D 3.1.1 but now with 4.0 is not working to me. It doesn't take each process as it should, since is not doing top shell on the base down the spindle and either bottom shell on the spindle.

Does anybody had this problem before?

I'd like to pass along a warning: Attempting to replicate this test with Cura as the slicer didn't work as expected. I don't have an infilled base with a solid top and then an infilled peg sitting on top. Since the base and peg are a single solid object, the whole thing has a shell and infill. That is, I would never have a solid base "remainder" after breaking as in the 230C and 245C examples in the picture. There is only infill in the interior transition from base to peg.

UPDATE: Confirmed "improper test" with this setup. All three (195C, 200C, 205C) broke with about the same effort and with the same pattern, given that there is no bonding between the peg and the base. All three pegs were well-bonded when I tried to use pliers to pull them apart along the Z-axis.

You can do this easily with Simplify3D by using two processes (first one stopping at 5mm then the second starting at 5mm), then both sections of the print will be capped with solid layers, as if they were separate objects.

How exactly do you do this.... first one stopping at 5mm then the second starting at 5mm???

In the Advanced tab of the process settings you can select the start and stop height in mm for each process. Have a look at http://support.lpfrg.com/support/solutions/articles/11000004579-simplify3d-how-to-use-multiple-processes-to-get-better-print-quality, it's the same idea.

I don't know how to do this in Cura or Slic3r.

Thanks you. Now I see that option. Wow. That's awesome.

Thanks for this, it is exactly what i needed to go in a different direction on how to handle the chameleon filament from M3D.

I’ve being thinking, surprisingly:

Could it be that the orientation of the infill affects the strength?

Yes it does. That's why I suggest 10%. I'm more interested in how the material is melting together, ie you could have 50% and the wrong print temp and the piece could be hard as a rock.

Skeinforge for me original was using hex infill, but I quickly switched to rect infill and I fill it produces a stronger infill. The order of the Loops/Perm/Infill matters too.

There's so many factors!


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In the picture, which of the four was your ideal temperature?

How are you snapping the spindle, by hand?

I did posted this in the Comments.... It's quite long...
"The end result 235C was the best bond, it actually ripped off the 3 layers of infill from the base and produced a clearly visible hole! As you can see 245C was going downhill again in bond strength."

I have determined on average if your doing VERY large objects like 100x100 I've been adding about 5C-10C to the print temp determined by using this piece. I do have another piece that tests large objects but of course it uses a lot more plastic


I don't understand what you mean with FAN cover. Do you have a link?

There's many different ones. When I was trying it. I just used some stiff cardboard.

Here's some links:

I found that if the part had very small details, even with the Cool plugin in Skeinforge enabled it would melt the previous layer. Maybe because I also have an enclosure? Anyway I run without the Fan Cover now.

Louvered fan cover
Replicator's FAN cover ?Replicator?????????????
Replicator Protective Fan Cover V2
Makerbot Replicator Fan Cowl

I am amazed that there really isn't more tests like this done.
Very helpful for the data but more importantly for the methodology.
There are way too many variables.
I recently got to talk with a rep from a distributor of a comercial 3d printer.
One very important factor for ABS at least is the ambient temp.
In fact the comercial printer has a patent on the chamber being regulated.

I enclosed my printer and put in a light bulb controlled by a simple thermostat; between that and the exhaust fan it maintains the chamber temperature at 90F. This made a big difference in my parts. I have printed parts almost the full bed area on my Emaker Huxley (140 mm square) with only SOME lifting on the corners. The bulk of the part comes out nice and straight.
I've been very frustrated by filament too; some filament foams due to residual styrene monomers and some doesn't. I've gotten stuff from the same company where one batch was beautiful and the next foamed.

I started using a glass plate with a glue stick and haven't had any problems at all with parts lifting off which I used to with the hairspray. I have to really try to pull the parts off

I haven't tried a glue stick yet with ABS on a glass plate. I did try it for Taulman Nylon and it worked ok for small objects.

I would love to see some information on your enclosure setup if you have time to do a writeup!

I actually found if I blocked the airflow from the replicator fans it greatly improved the bonding (more heat). But on small objects there was too much heat generated.

Wow, awesome! Seems like THE way to calibrate the right temperature for printing support. You want good print quality, but bad adhesion for easy removal.. Thanks, will try later.

Very true!! So many variables :) Too high a temperature and overhangs suffer as well.


Looks like I printed one and it broke as well as the best one shown.  So I'm calling my settings good.  Thanks for the test.  I was wondering how to calabrate the best temp.

The Replicator is my first 3d printer and I've spent a ton of time calibrating it.  The temperature has been bugging me.  So far this seems to work.

I also noticed the about of force required to break the pieces quite a bit different as well, between the temperature ranges.

Simple and empirical - what's not to like?

Yes it would ... I figured anyone with a 3d printer would know that :)  But I'll add that as a tip .. 

During your tests did you find that the color of the filament made a difference?  

I've only done the test with white so far, but the test worked so well I had to post my findings! Based on the reading I've done the dye used in coloured filament effects the print temperature.  I've also read multiple posts that black is very picky for people.