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Tuesday
Jun052012

Cure For The Common Curling: The Brim

Here is a way to defeat curling/warping in your prints.

The term might be taken, but I call it a "Brim."  If anyone wants to coin a new term for this, make a suggestion ;)

 



Using the program Slic3r I add a "skirt" of 5 to 15 loops at a "zero" millimeter distance from the object I am printing.
http://slic3r.org/

This adds a brim (like a cowboy hat ;) ) that keeps the object "spot welded" to the plate and absolutely stops all warping and curling.

The additional surface area, combined with and rounding of sharp points on the bottom layer denies any possibility of curling or warping from the bed.

To remove the brim, you need simply fold the plastic back and forth, and it snaps off :)  

I hope to see this method implemented in the various slicing programs; as its own unique feature.

Try printing with a Brim today, and see if it helps the quality of your prints ;)

-Happy Printing

IdolCrasher

www.fabberforge.com

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Reader Comments (3)

Hi

I have created a video detailing the process of 3D printing for my crowd funding project @indiegogo.com

http://igg.me/p/115374?a=653395

http://youtu.be/wDDLC4furjc

Please share if you like it.

Sunny Kapoor

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July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunny Kapoor

> hope to see this method implemented in the various slicing programs; as its own unique feature.

Great idea. It can be automated by calculating the convex hull of the bottom slice, then scaling the hull down a little to make sure there is contact with the part.

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Glad you dig it man :)

It got added to Slic3r officially :)

November 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterAdam Herring

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