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Posted · Cura setting first layer flow too high

Hello All,

I am having an issue with Cura setting the flow for the first layer of my prints to almost 7 times of the rest of the layers. this is causing the filament to slip really badly during the whole first layer. The only way I can keep it from doing this is to set the flow to about 25%. This negatively affects the rest of the print though. I have calibrated the extrusion so that the printer is extruding 10 mm when I request it to extrude 10mm. I know the problem is to high of flow in the first layer because I compared the amount extruded in layer 0 with the amount extruded in layer 1 for the same line. I even went as far as swapping out the Gcode for the first layer in a file where the flow had been set to 100% with the Gcode for the first layer from a file where the flow had been set to 25% and it worked like a champ. I did have to insert a G92 line to set the correct extruder position after layer 0. Is there a way to keep Cura from setting super high flow for the first layer?

My printer is a large custom delta (Trestle by Dionysus design) powered by Machinekit (Linuxcnc) running on a Beaglebone Black with a CRAMPS cape. I am printing in PLA at 210 deg C.

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    Posted · Cura setting first layer flow too high

    What version fo Cura are you using?

    In the advanced tap can you make sure "Initial layer light width (%)" is set to 100.

    Make sure you have no plugin that may affect the gcode in the plugin tab.

    Also check that the Initial layer height make sense and is now mistakenly saying 1.5mm instead of 0.15mm for example.

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    Posted (edited) · Cura setting first layer flow too high

    I am using Cura version 15.04 on Linux (and some times MacOS). You set me on the right track though. I just built this printer and the Z0 position was too far down so to compensate I was setting my first layer height at 1mm when it should have been around .2 or .15. I knew from the G code that setting the first layer at 1mm would get Cura to shift the start position to Z1 but I didn't realize that it was also increasing the extrusion rate. I compared 2 G code files, one with the layer height at 1mm and one with the layer height at .15mm and the latter's extrusion rate is far more reasonable. Thanks for the help!

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