What does it mean by Calibration for 3D Printers?

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What does it mean by Calibration for 3D Printers?

1 year ago 0 7 2601

Calibrated Print Layering

As you are reading this post, you may already have a 3D printer at one corner of the room or office or have even gone through the “Dummies Guide to 3D Printing” that I have provided valuable information on 3D Printers. And I hope it has given you a direction on the kinds of machine you should purchase, FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) type.

Terms:
1) Extrusion : The process of spewing plastic out of the Hot End
2) Calibration: The process of adjusting a 3D printer to its best optimized state to print successfully or nicely.

What I am about to share is how I have gone about experiencing calibration issues which took me long to actually recognize how it can affect my printing outcome. I have illustrated a simple diagram for an easy understanding:
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a) Un-calibrated or Not Calibrated
You will generally experience two different issues:

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The “Hot End” is too close to the “Printing Bed”. Where you generally will experience hearing a “TICKING” sound every few seconds, which is a sign that the “Roller” for pushing the filaments into the heating element isn’t extruding normally as there is little space for the melted filaments to escape from the tip of the “Hot End”

 

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The “Hot End” is too far from the “Printing Bed”. Which causes your printings to either not stick on the “Printing Bed” and instead “Noodle” itself up.

b) Calibrated / Perfect Extrusion

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Picture taken from a print from an Ultimaker, a perfect 0.1mm / 100 micron calibrated 3D printer

With all the above information said, we at Apple3dprint hope that it would allow you to better understand the terms used and what it means by calibration. If you do have any dying questions you would like to us, do drop us your questions!

“THERE IS NO BEST OR LOUSY 3D PRINTERS, IT’S DEPENDENT ON THE CAPTAIN DRIVING THE SHIP!”
– APPLE3DPRINT

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