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Posted · cura finishing skin layer

is there a way to have the abs top finishing layer smooth instead of the circles whenever the print finishes 

any tips or little tricks to help specially for vapor smoothing instead of having to keep sanding smooth??


my typical settings

layer height  0.2

ironing standard setting

plate 105

nozzle 240

speed 40-60


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    Posted · cura finishing skin layer

    If you change the layer height from 0.2 to 0.1 there will be twice as many circles and so harder to see.  Each step will be half as thick so *also* harder to see.  Unfortunately it will also take twice as long to print.


    Also you can look into "adaptive layer height" which is a feature in Cura where you can set the minimum and maximum layer height and it will switch to thinner layers at the top of your rounded-top part.

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    Posted (edited) · cura finishing skin layer

    granted .

    tried the .1 change still has it 

    the adaptive layer is enabled which does help to some extent 

    at the top i do have it with different infill which is needed being it has a threaded part on the underside so that needs the strength

    notably i know there will be some post processing  the less on the the better for the smoothing part

    currently the part takes 2 hours to print 

    .1 takes around 2hr30 give or take which is do able perhaps im missing something here

    side note would bumping nozzle to 245 add any help for this?

    amazon abs

    hopefully no one throws anything at me for being little hardheaded here 😉


    (attached some of my current settings for viewing pleasure )









    Edited by fellfromheaven
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    Posted · cura finishing skin layer

    "use adaptive layers" isn't just a checkbox. There are 4 critical settings.


    At the top of all your screen shots there is a search box - put "layer" into that.  Check "use adaptive layers".  now 3 new settings should pop up.  Hover over the text of each of them as they are described.  The most important is your base layer height (0.2 shown above) and "maximum variation".   If they are 0.2 and 0.1 respectively then it will stay in the range of 0.1 to 0.3mm (0.2 plus or minus 0.1).


    I recommend getting down to 0.05mm layer height.  So maybe do 0.15mm layer height +/- 0.1mm.


    Check that it's working in PREVIEW mode (at the top of the screen).   Then change your "color scheme" to "layer thickness".


    Look at the size of the "circles" you were talking about.

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