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Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?


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Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

I seem to be getting much better prints when adjusting the flow rate on the machine to 130%. I have problems where the walls don't touch before making the adjustment.

Is it normal to have to bump up the flow? is there another way to compensate in Cura instead?

Typical settings:

PLA at 220 deg C

Bed at 55 deg C

Layer at .1mm

Print speed 50 mm/s

And thank you to all the forum members who have helped me so far. I haven't been here too long but I can already tell this is a great community. I look forward to the day when I might learn enough to help others in the same way.

 

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    It may mean that you set up a wrong filament diameter (too big) in Cura.

    Measure the diameter of the filament you use. If it's 2.85 but set up as 3.0 in Cura, you are in the end extruding less than Cura is expecting, thus increasing the flow compensate this.

    PLA rolls advertised as 3.0mm diameter are actually often less than this.

     

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    PLA rolls advertised as 3.0mm diameter are actually often less than this.

     

    Rolls are advertised as 3mm filament. (note the lack of ".0") and are actually fabricated with a spec of 2.85+-0.5

     

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    It may mean that you set up a wrong filament diameter (too big) in Cura.

    Measure the diameter of the filament you use. If it's 2.85 but set up as 3.0 in Cura, you are in the end extruding less than Cura is expecting, thus increasing the flow compensate this.

    PLA rolls advertised as 3.0mm diameter are actually often less than this.

     

    My filament is running at the high end 2.895 mm. Where in Cura do you set the diameter? I don't see it on any screen.

     

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    My filament is running at the high end 2.895 mm. Where in Cura do you set the diameter? I don't see it on any screen.

     

    When you are in full settings, in the first tab (Basic), the last section is "Filament", where you can set up the filament diameter and flow. At least in Cura 14.07. But I think it's been here for a while.

     

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    The setting is nowhere to be found on a Mac :) (or just well hidden)

     

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    Filament diameter is set on the printer if you have an Ultimaker2. The setting is not available in cura if you have chosen the UM2 as your printer (and UltiGcode).

     

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    Thank you knowledgebase Robert :) It is so handy and awesome to have you around.

     

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    Posted · Is it normal to adjust the flow rate?

    Well, this is still a mystery to me. The settings on my UM2 have the right diameter. Any other thoughts?

     

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