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How To Make Better Prints

September 14th, 2011  |  Published in Research  |  1 Comment

3D printers are complicated. This guide is targeted to new adopters of the technology. These insights have been collected and assembled from across the Internet and through our own particular experiences with the Buildatron 1 printer system. We are working on an effective 3d trouble shooting flow chart for building and maintenance of our printers as well. Because most subscribers who take part in the Buildatron Lab improvement databases have unique issues with their machine, this should serve as a general troubleshooting guide. Check back here from time to time as we continue to grow our collective knowledge and feel free to add comments and engage in dialogue with our community at the Build Lab.


1. Check your 3pin connectors (one of the most common issues), these and endstops can vibrate out of place and cause error messages and shutdowns of the printer.

2. Level your build platform.

3. Level your Z stage.

4. Make sure all pulleys are tightened properly to their bolts.

5. We have noticed proper tension should be checked on the belts for optimal performance.

6. Make sure the bearings on the X and Y axes are sliding unobstructed.

7. Adjust the stepper motor torque. This affects the temperature of the motor torque.

8. Check the extruder head for any obstructions.

9. Replace warped Z rods.


1. Use a heat gun and laser temperature thermometer to smooth your printed objects and melt away imperfections and printer banding issues. Plus it looks cool. You should always be aware of the temperature (both at point of contact and ambient), I have found that using a laser temperature gives me a lot of information into whats going on inside the printing area.

2. Wait until your object has printed and cooled before removing it from the printing table!

3. The slower your motors run the less they will heat up. Faster printing also can lead to a lower resolution.

4.  Understanding the material you are printing with is incredibly important, and will go a long ways towards more uniformity with your object prints. PLA and ABS plastics soften and melt at different temperatures.

5. ABS prints at a higher temperature and requires heated bed plate. PLA prints at a lower temperature and requires no heated bed plate.

Have you used heat to improve your 3D printed results?  Please share your ideas and tips in the comments section below!

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