How to improve print part quality in 3D printing

In order to improve the 3D printing quality in professional and industrial 3D printing, some steps are essential: calibration, bed-leveling, material quality control, and nozzle & bed temperature setting per the printing material.

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Working to achieve a high quality output from a 3D printing job is not only satisfactory, but is also helpful for reducing necessary time and steps during the post processing.

Let us see how the overall 3D printing job efficiency can be enhanced by increasing the 3D printing output quality.

 
 1. Calibration

There is always a default setting and calibration process necessary per every 3D printing manufacturer.

The type A530 also has basic calibration features for bed plate flatness (bed leveling), distance between the nozzle and bed plate (Z Offset), and distance between the 2 nozzles (nozzle calibration).

type A530 Display Calibration Menutype A530 offers 3 types of calibration feature

These calibration processes are normally executed as part of the initial installation process, however calibrated setting values or status could be distorted during the course of continuous printer operation or by any external shock.

If user finds their printing quality deteriorating, it is recommended to try these three calibration processes again.

More detailed type A530 calibration process can be found in HERE.

 

 2. Set nozzle and print bed temperature per material

The proper temperatures of the nozzle and bed are different depending on material type such as PLA, ABS, etc.

And the quality of 3D printouts may vary depending on the environment (like temperature, humidity) at the time of printing.

Also, there are slight differences that exist between each manufacturer's recommended temperature setting (even with same type of material).

So the user needs to use the recommended temperature setting for nozzle and bed per the manufacturer's guide, or they may even need to tune the bed and nozzle temperature if no data exists.

The table below shows the approximate recommended temperature for each type of materials:

Material

Nozzle Temperature

(Recommended)

Bed Temperature

(Recommended)

ABS

230 ℃ ~ 250 ℃

90 ℃ ~ 100 ℃

ASA

230 ℃ ~ 250 ℃

90 ℃ ~ 100 ℃

RSA

230 ℃ ~ 250 ℃

90 ℃ ~ 100 ℃

PLA

190 ℃ ~ 210 ℃

50 ℃ ~ 60 ℃

For the type A530, the user can set a different temperature value in Weaver3 Studio SW.

And if the user is using type A530 proprietary filaments, the optimal temperature setting is already in Weaver3 Studio, so the user can start the printing job with it.

 

 3. Control consumable condition

Filament materials used in FFF 3D printers absorb heat and moisture when exposed to the outside for a long period of time, which can reduce the print quality.

Hence, proper consumable control is necessary to keep the filament in optimal condition for 3D printing.

For instance, if the user is using a filament, it must be put together with the desiccant included in the filament box to reduce humidity.

If the filament and desiccant are exposed to moisture for a long time, the chamber preheating feature of the type A530 can restore it's performance.

 

type A530 filament package detail

 

The Nozzle that is extruding the filaments is also a consumable which has a replacement cycle.

If the manufacturer's recommended replacement cycle of the nozzle is expired, or if the performance of the nozzle is dramatically decreasing, the nozzle should be replaced.

The nozzle part of the type A530 has been designed as a single unit, so the user can easily replace it when necessary.

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More detailed nozzle replacement process can also be found in HERE.

 

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