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Does Cura have any way of doing similar to KISSlicer's inset perimeter feature? I found that really useful for Print in Place, particularly the Make Magazine robot. Could I achieve a similar affect by artificially tweaking the nozzle diameter up by a bit? I would think that might have unwanted side effects, though...



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Posted · Inset Perimeter Feature?

What does the feature do exactly? I have a guess but I'll let you tell me.


Could I achieve a similar affect by artificially tweaking the nozzle diameter up by a bit?


Definitely not. It won't affect distance between perimeters or width of traces.

If shell width is .4, .8 or 1.2 and nozzle is bumped a little to .45mm it will do the same thing as if the nozzle is .4mm. It will extrude the correct amount for .4mm wide traces of plastic and place them .2mm inside the model and infill will be .4mm apart. The current cura slicer makes mandatory 3 different dimensions must always be equal:

1) plastic trace width for infill, top, bottom surfaces, shell

2) distance between shell (inner/outer) and between solid infill traces (e.g. top layer)

3) half of above 2 values is always equal to what you probably call "inset" - the distance between the center of the nozzle and the edge of the CAD model of the surface of the part.

You can't change 1a versus 1b versus 2 versus 3. They all move together. It would be nice if you could change just some of these.

Note there is also an "infill overlap percentage" feature. Maybe that is what you want.

You can however scale your entire model in Cura.


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