Exporting model to your printer

To print a 3D model (.stl file ) you need to create a .gcode print file from it. This is done by using software called Slicer, which calculates printing paths according to the settings you want. The most common ones are Cura and PrusaSlicer, which we also use.

slicer

Thanks to this program, you can set the size, material, speed, print details, structure etc. Cura and PrusaSlicer are the two most used applications that have the preset for the most printers on the market.

download Cura | download PrusaSlicer

insert model

Inserting a model is simple using drag and drop or by import. There are important tools for moving the model, duplicating model, mirroring model, and scaling. This can be important for you with our scalable models. The best for the quality is to print only one object to reduce the travels and have as much clean paths as possible. But it is of course possible to fill your print bed and print a lot of products during night.

your material (filament) settings

For each material, you will find settings for print temperature, bed temperature, fan blowing, and print speed.

set the nozzle size

The most commonly used nozzle is 0.4 mm. This is an ideal choice for small and medium-sized printers for high-quality detailed printing together with the most materials. If you want to print larger objects and also speed up your prints, it is a good idea to choose a larger nozzle. When you use a 0.8 nozzle instead of a 0.4, the printer prints half the lines = 2x faster.

Our simple reccomendation is:

0.4 nozzle for accessories

0.8 nozzle for furniture

insert our recomended settings

We attach recommended settings together with our models. And here we will describe the most important parameters we use. The most important thing is to learn to control these 6 parameters and understand how they work. And with some experience, you can set those settings to your needs:

Line width & height

Perimeters

Infill

Top & Bottom Layers

Speed

line width

Line width equals the nozzle size. As we wrote above in nozzle size, we use

0.4 for accessories and decorations

0.8 for furniture and alternative materials like wood

line height

This setting will affect the height of the individual layers. The lower the value, the finer and more detailed the print will be and also the longer will be the printing time.

0.1 – small parts and perfect printing

0.16 – for detailed and waterproof printing

0.2 – normal quality

0.3 – larger objects

perimeters / wall line count

You can always find this value in our recommendations, as it affects the strength of the print. This value indicates how many lines next to each other will create a wall.

2 wall lines– usual

3 wall lines – firmer print

Infill

We have designed many of our products so that only the perimeters are needed and with no extra infill material. The infill creates a grid inside the object to create a firmer print. 3D prints are not printed 100% filled because it would be an unnecessary waste of material and time. The higher the filling, the stronger the print, together with the more material needed and the longer time. We use it mostly for the furniture, where it is good to use and you can decide if you want to save material or if you need a more durable product.

0% – for products where there is no need

10% – low fill

25% – ordinary filling

50% – solid print

More than 50% – madness

top & bottom Layers

You will also find this value for most of our products. This is related to the recommended layer height, and if you change this value, you must check and recalculate the number of top and bottom layers so that you don’t get a hole between them. It is very important products like watering can, where it is necessary to have enough layers that form the bottom, and also for products that use infill.

You usually need at least 4 top layers to cover the infill (the first layer will be falling and the next 3 will create a smooth top surface). And you also need at least 4 bottom layers to have a strong enough bottom under the infill.

speed

We cannot directly recommend the print speed as it relates to the printer design and the material you use. Usually you can use those settings except some special materials such as flexible filaments that you need to print slowly.

25mm/s – quality print, waterproof print

50mm/s – 70m/s – ordinary printing

100mm/s and more – printers with a stronger construction