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Blender 3D Printing Essentials by Gordon C. Fisher

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Factors affecting precision

We like to imagine that when we make an object in Blender that everything will just be exactly the size we specified. But this is not always the case. 3D printers exist in the real world and there are a lot of things that can affect how precise your object is:

  • The size of the object
  • How well the printer is set up
  • The quality of the printer to begin with
  • Any sloppiness in the system
  • Whether the printer controls the X, Y, and Z dimensions equally well
  • Printing speed affects how much extruded material is laid down at any given spot
  • How recently the printer was calibrated, and how well it was calibrated
  • How consistent the extrusion and material flow is
  • The ability of the software to control the system
  • How much flex there is in the ...

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