Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

creating a nice bottom surface with a 90degr overhang

Recommended Posts

Hi Marrut,

thanks and your english is fine although I am not sure I get it :-)

How do you create that extra layer? With that offset? In Cura? I would like to experiment with these settings. Can you make it a little more specific for me?



I do that in the drawing application. There's no possibility to do that in cura, but another question, witch version of cura do you use? If you have the latest version, than you have the possibility ti print "a roof" o' your support, that's almost the same as making an extra layer.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


turn the part upside down, and use PVA as support. It will create a very good surface.

If you lift the part 0.6mm from the buildplate, you will prevent a shiny circle in the middle (bc it rests on the glass).

Be sure to use Cura 2.4 (not the beta), as this has the best PVA/PLA profiles.

Edited by Guest

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

@bschulte, I would also recommend to print it with PVA (upside down or like this). With a support roof (solid top support layer for good surface quality of the build) you should get a good quality.

Is there a particular reason why you did not want or think of printing it with PVA?

PVA adheses well with PLA or Nylon as build materials.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Unfortunately with PLA supports this would only work counterproductive, so I would not recommend it. The setting I meant is called support interface > support roof.

If you have modeled this design yourself, I could also recommend to make an attempt at modeling your supports yourself too.

The automatic generated supports in Cura are meant as a one size fits all, which in an ideal situation it can be good, but it is never perfect.

Perhaps you can find some good tips in this thread

There are some other interesting threads and replies

Another question you can ask yourself, what would raise the price the most.

The one or two reels of PVA, or the testing and researching various alternative solutions for PLA support (although you could say that this research is an investment for future projects too).

Good luck!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

really? with support? I thought about it and thought , nah, that will never be as good. I'll def. give it a try now.


Yup no support, of course it will depend but your curve looks very similar to my piece. Settings I used - for my printer - were

.100 layers

30mm/s print speed

205 extruder temp.

Flow 100%

bed temp 65 continuous

1st layer speed 15mm/s

walls 1.2

26% infill

Infill before walls


Top layers 8 ) These two settings may need reversing; that is what my notes say but as the piece

Bottom layers 3 ) was turned upside down I may have reversed these settings and not updated the notes

Regular fan speed,100%, at layer 5

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

If your model and function allow it (we can't see the inside here), another option might be to cut it in parts, and glue them back together again after printing. Or design some holes for hex nuts and screws, and mount it with screws. This might go a lot faster than other post processing, and might be good enough.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Some considerations about the orientation on the build plate.

- the way you have it oriented in the picture in your opening post will need a lot of PVA. But it will probably have very good results. the clickfingers on the bottom will be printed accurately

- if you rotate the part 180 degrees ("upside down"), less PVA will be needed, but the PVA to support the click fingers needs to attach to the PLA. This is not 100% reliable. An improvement has been made in Cura 2.4, by lowering acc and jerk of the interface layers, so be sure to use Cura 2.4 (not only for this reason).

- maybe the best orientation is to rotate the part 90 degrees. The 3mm horizontal expansion that is standard enabled for PVA will make sure the PVA that is connected to the buildplate (and adheres very well) is also connected to the PVA that is built in the shell, keeping it in place.

Second benefit of this orientation is that the top of the shell will be much nicer, because you don't get the height lines on this surface. It will enable you to increase the layerheight, and decrease printing time.

Edited by Guest

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the tips guys! I'll have to start monday with printing for client and I've decided to go for one more test run with PVA and see how that turnes out. I havent tried iet yet on the UM3 so great opportunity to find out.

I'll keep you posted next week for what my final approach was :-)


Make sure to use PLA or Nylon with PVA. Not ABS. PVA does not bond with ABS, so whatever you try to deploy won't stick.

In regard of Tom's reply, I don't know what the bottom / inside looks like, but I recently did a pretty small print (15mm) with quite some detail at 45º angle, and the details came out really good. Just an fyi. Dunno if it helps.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Our picks

    • Architect Design Contest | People
      The goal of this contest is to design a set of people figurines that could be used in such a project to make an area, office or mall seem populated. 
      Think of different types of people in different environments, like walking people, people standing still, working people, and both men and women.
      • 6 replies
    • Taking Advantage of DfAM
      This is a statement that’s often made about AM/3DP. I'll focus on the way DfAM can take advantage of some of the unique capabilities that AM and 3DP have to offer. I personally think that the use of AM/3DP for light-weighting is one of it’s most exciting possibilities and one that could play a key part in the sustainability of design and manufacturing in the future.
        • Like
      • 3 replies

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!