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Posted · Creating a 1mm "Drawing Template" 8 hours?

8 layers solid, 0.2mm line width, taking up most of the build plate... 8 hours sounds about right.

Some settings you should change (I'm assuming you're using the "default" 0.4mm nozzle most printers come with) (if you can't see any of these settings just search for them):

  • Quality > Layer Height to 0.25mm. This will give you the biggest savings because it halves the number of layers you're printing.
  • Quality > Initial Layer Height to 0.25mm. Just to keep it in line with the regular layer height, which we're making a factor of the total height.
  • Quality > Line Width to 0.6mm. Thicker lines = fewer lines = quicker print.
  • Quality > Initial Layer Line Width to 100%. We're already making these fat. They don't need to be any fatter.
  • Walls > Minimum Wall Line Width to 0.2mm. That's slightly lower than the normal guideline for line width for a nozzle (60-150% of the nozzle diameter) but since your layers going to be a bit thicker than average it should even out.
  • Top/Bottom > Top/Bottom Pattern to Zig Zag. This will make it print as much of it as a continuous line where possible avoiding it having to make (admittedly quick, but still there) travel moves.
  • Speed > Top/Bottom Speed and Wall Speed to whatever your machine and material (mostly the material, unless you buy special "high speed" filament) print well at. For PLA I usually don't go above 60mm/s. Sorry if you were printing faster than this, but slow print > bad print.
  • Speed > Initial Layer Speed to about 75% of your regular speed. It prints at half the speed by default to aid adhesion, but this thing ain't gonna have any trouble adhering once it gets started so we don't need to be so careful.
  • Mesh Fixes > Maximum Resolution to 0.1mm. This won't help your speed (if anything it'll slow it down a teeny bit) but it will make the final print more accurate.

And then you should probably save it as a quality profile (once you've edited settings there'll be a save icon) called "Drawing template" or something for next time you do this.

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