Saturday, February 2, 2013

Rostock more fine tuning 0.15mm layer height

Another big day today.
  •  I added the LCD controller to my Ramps board - as well as being able to monitor or control the printer, I particularly like how this can be used to slow down or speed up the print job as required.
  • Added mmall LED posts to the front axis to light up the print area - These are attached to the lower part of the Front two smoothrods. The carriages never come down that low and they generate nice highlights so you can keep an eye on the print job. 
  • Switched to KisSlicer for slicing the stl files - This seems to make much nicer prints, it is much better at handling shallow curves and seems to generate much more logical pathing. its also allows you to print the outer most perimeter slowly and then all the other very fast.
  • Started printing at 0.15mm layer height  - and this really starts to allow details to show in the models. Really happy with these results. The .4mm layer height I used to print at seems so far removed from what I am getting now. It is still not perfect as I am still learning how to tweak KisSlicer.
The image on the left shows the new LCD controller and the print area lighting. The other shows the owl from the other day (printed at 0.2mm) and now the the ape and the funny looking gargoyle at 0.15mm.


  1. Hi Bill,
    I have been following your blog for the last couple of days and as it turns out we had some similar ideas (LCD and Led lights) i stole the extruder position :)

    This is my new build


    1. Very Nice indeed.
      Far nicer looking than I could get.

  2. Hi Bill,

    I'm struggling around at moment with my Slic3r settings and I will definitely give KisSlicer a try, but do not know where to start, could you please share your KisSlicer settings? I think it would help a lot!