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Small "z-banding" and over-extruded first layer

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Posted · Small "z-banding" and over-extruded first layer

I printed some of these parts and noticed that there are very small layer variations on the surface.

To be honest this is whining on a pretty high level, the variations can barely be felt but are visible in certain light conditions, but I'm curious.



The parts are printed on an S5 with the "Visual Fine - 0.1mm" preset with Ultimaker PLA White.


Where do these variations come from? Variations in the filament-diameter?


I noticed another thing, the first layer is always over-extruded, resulting in a slightly too large first layer and visibly overlapping lines on the bottom. If I remember it on time I compensate that by setting the flow of the first layer to 90%, then everything is fine. Is the first layer over-extruded on purpose or is that some inaccuracy of the active leveling? That happens regardless of the material or profiles. I already had that same thing on my UM3, so I'm somehow used to it. The engineering profiles somehow seems to compensate that by setting the initial layer horizontal expansion to -0.2mm.



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