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Minimum angle on a flat surface for PWSF for print lines to not show? [message #84182] Fri, 31 January 2014 23:44 UTC Go to next message
avatar thomashuang.net  is currently offline thomashuang.net
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Hello,
If I have a flat surface that is angled in relation to the XY plane, what is the minimum angle before the print lines start to show on PWSF and WSF?

Maybe 25, 30, 35 degrees?

Anybody know of a software or plugin that can show you a preview of where the print lines end up on your model?

Thanks
Re: Minimum angle on a flat surface for PWSF for print lines to not show? [message #84185 is a reply to message #84182 ] Sat, 01 February 2014 02:09 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It all depends upon at what point do you feel that the print lines are noticeable.

The trouble is that if you have ANY surface tilt, then there will be print lines.

There is a difference between (necessary) print lines due to the layering of the process, versus print lines due to 'jitter' in the print head as it moves from one layer to the next.

In the image below, you can see that there will be "print lines" due to stepping even on a surface as flat as 0.2 degrees, but on the vertical wall, you will get some "print lines" due to the print head not returning to exactly the same spot each time. They're caused by two different situations.

Note: all of the print lines should be significantly less visible on the Polished materials.

As far as a plugin to show you what to expect, I'm not aware of such, but it would also depend upon which drawing program you're using. The other issue at hand is the dreaded "print orientation" topic - at this time, you're not guaranteed any particular orientation, which means what you see as "flat" may have all of a sudden become 90 degrees. One thing you might do is see what the "slicer" option of Netfabb Basic will show you.
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Re: Minimum angle on a flat surface for PWSF for print lines to not show? [message #85867 is a reply to message #84182 ] Thu, 06 March 2014 05:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The problem is that if any surface is tilt, then there will be print lines.
Re: Minimum angle on a flat surface for PWSF for print lines to not show? [message #85868 is a reply to message #85867 ] Thu, 06 March 2014 07:25 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Also, depending on the geometry of your model, SW will rotate it in the print volume to create the smallest possible Bounding Box, and this may cause stepping or print lines even when you might not expect it.
Re: Minimum angle on a flat surface for PWSF for print lines to not show? [message #85869 is a reply to message #85868 ] Thu, 06 March 2014 09:07 UTC Go to previous message
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I will be using other printing services which allow the selection of the part orientation.

I did a few tests. It really varies depending on how much time they leave the parts for polishing.
But what I saw was anything above 30 degrees from the x-y plane gives a much better surface. Above 45 and it starts to become barely visible.

 
   
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