When you download the 3D model file, I suggest you load it into Cura 3D 15.04.05. Place the object correctly inside the program, and once the file is fully loaded, select the layers view.
You’ll notice a percentage number at the bottom of the screen. It stands for how much the file is loaded inside the program.
When it reaches the maximum, it means the object is ready to be analyzed.
This is a crucial phase, and sometimes it gets easily neglected.
When we analyze the object with the layers view, we can understand:
- Design errors such as lacking parts or missing layers;
- Cantilever parts that are not supporter correctly;
- Supports location;
- The first layer;
- Potential breaks.
Cantilever parts with the wrong support
Correct supports location.
Checking the Slicing Phane is a sort of acid test in the 3D Printing field because if it turns out okay, then your print will be good (unless the printer has some problems)
So, there are times when the printer has problems of some kind and it leads the print to fail. Other times, there are errors inside the gcode itself.
Example of a problem of the printer:
when you print a lot, it may cause the widening of the PTFE tube, that transports the filament.
Also, the failure of connectors and gaskets may create separation from the PTFE tube and the nozzle. This is the reason why sometimes it is so hard to extrude the filament. Other times, it creates a sort of cap inside the extruder.
Quite differently is when your gcode is incorrect.
For example, if you set a temperature value too low, the filament will be hardly extruded and the PTFE tube will press against the gasket or the connector.
When the extrusion speed value is too high, the PTFE tube may deform and the connector may lose its grip on the tube.
Another one: when your parameters are incorrect, your object may have problems in the closing layer or in the infill.
In conclusion, when you work with the 3D printers you’re certain that your object is failed, but you don’t exactly know what caused your object to fail. The can be many reasons, so as the solutions. The details are important in this field.
For example, if you hear a “tat-tac” sound when the printer is on, it means the filament is being extruded with trouble.
At this point, some of you might stop the printer and think about what could possibly be the reason for that problem, when all it was, was the problem inside the gcode: the cooling fan speed was too low, that’s why the nozzle wasn’t extruding the filament properly.