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Hi There!

I'm a bit new to 3d printing, but already love it! Printing downloaded stuf is going smooth but I want to design my own ;-)


I have made an simple object in openscad wich I export as stl file and then open in Cura (lates 3.4.1).

The problem is that cura scales the object extremely and I can't figure out why.


In openscad I use the following code:


            cylinder(0.1, 0.1, 0.1);


When I make a cube all goes well.


Any help is welcome an thanx in advance!


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Hi Nicolinux!


Changed it!

I'm having similar (??) problem with the STL generated from following openscad and then opening in Cura.


cylinder(h=30, r1=60, r2=54);
    cylinder(h=30, r1=7, r2=7);

I'm trying to print a cap for the filament side gap.

It is a 3cm high cap for both ends, it has a 7mm hole in it.But it turs out real big...


I hope you can guide me towards the solution!

Kind regards,


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Edited by robwal

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this looks about right. You speficied "cylinder(h=30, r1=60, r2=56)". "r" stands for radius, so it has a diameter (r*2) of 120mm. Cura does not perform any automatic scalling now and you can see that the object is 30mm tall.

Take a look at the OpenSCAD documentation for cylinder:



One more hint - play with "$fn" which specifies the smoothness of the object (facet number). This way you'll get smoother curved surfaces.

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Don't go much smoother than this - maybe 4X smoother.  If you go too smooth there are too many points and the printer does very poorly when there are more than 5 points per mm as it is moving.  It can only look ahead 16 points and if that is less than a few mm it slows down just in case it needs to stop on the 17th point.  Slowing down causes overextrusion and ugliness.


I love openScad by the way.

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