Actual 0.5mm thin wall 20 mm box

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Actual 0.5mm thin wall 20 mm box by Jerry_XYZ Dec 9, 2012
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This is a calibration object, similar to other thin wall box objects. The walls of this model really are 0.5mm thick. Despite their name, similar objects previously published here apparently have 0.25 mm thick walls. With a 0.5mm nozzle, it seems reasonable to try printing walls actually 0.5mm thick.


Print this and measure the walls to verify that your printer makes walls the correct thickness. Adjust your slicer program's extrusion factors to get the correct wall thickness.

More detailed calibration guidelines have already been posted by people much better at this than I am :)

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To be clear, this thing has external dimensions of 20mm, and a wall of 0.5mm. So the inside would be 19mm.

Hey guys can you help me? Why am I getting wall thickness aroun 0.69 with this model? Even in gcode it says about exrusion width = 0.67 but. What should i do to get actual 0.5mm wall here? Im so confused looking forward for answer.

That can be done with a 0.35 mm nozzle in one pass. With a .5 mm nozzle, you can't make a 0.5 mm wall. It will be a bit thicker so one layer squishes onto the next one. You can play with the extrusion factor on the fly if you're using Pronterface. You send a gcode command of M92 E800 for example, and you can vary the number after the E a lot to control how much the nozzle is extruding as it goes. M92 changes the steps, and E means extruder. So changing the E code changes the extrusion rate. I'm probably not explaining that very well.

Here's a link to Triffid Hunter's calibration guide that talks about E steps, and much more:

Actually I think i made my calibration very well. I assuming that because real print thickness is the same as gcode generated by slicer. I used digital caliper to measure how much raw filament travels through extruder then calculated steps per mm accurately. The problem is that slicer somehow determine wall thickness as 0.67-0.69mm instead of 0.5 in this model. I have no idea why this occures. I thought it has something to do with incorrect layer height for 0.4 nozzle but it seems different.

That's why I use the E### factor to adjust extrusion rate. It's really sensitive. I have a different factor for each spool of filament, each color from each source. I don't change the filament diameter in slic3r, that just wasn't reliable enough. At some point I gave up trying to ever-more-precisely refine my inputs, and just started correcting for whatever it's actually doing.

It's worth a try.

I printed 3 fidget spinner since yesterday. Measures are accurate, bearing fit a little tight so calibration must be at least "good". Maybe someday I discover reason for my single wall problems. If wall thickness difference was calibration fault my whole print would be out of measure. Anyway thanks for advice :)

Great! I printed a fidget spinner too, and mine came out about right also. Fitting a known object to it, like a bearing, is a great test of accuracy.

According to the Slic3r manual [0] the extrusion width should be 1.05 * nozzle diameter minimum because the filament won't stay round. It becomes a little bit flat when it sticks on the surface from the most recent layer or heat bed. So printing with a 0.5 mm nozzle will result in 0.525 mm walls or thicker according to the extrusion width.

[0] "[...] a thin extrusion width, equal to nozzle diameter * 1.05. This is considered the thinnest safe extrusion width."
Source: http://manual.slic3r.org/advanced/flow-math

Should I expect a 0.5mm wall thickness with a 0.5mm J-head nozzle, or slightly larger? I'm getting about 0.62mm. Also, when measuring the outside of the box sides with calipers, should they be 20mm end-to-end, or 20mm + wall thickness?