The First Layer. Elusive? No. Common Sense.

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The importance of the first layer is paramount and will usually determine if your model is going to fail later in the build or not. Credit: Peter Solomon   Too many people do not give enough attention to all of the details to get the right first layer. Once that you do, so many of your problems will disappear and your printing will become fun and much more predictable! There are 6 Main Factors in getting the perfect first layer 1. Well Trammed Machine (this is not so much about the first layer as in good preparation for the rest of your steps) Tramming your machine is making sure all of the components are at perfect 90° to each other, this doesn't mean leveling with a bubble level gauge. It means making sure your vertical elements are all at 90° to the horizontal elements, that your X gantry is Parallel...
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Wanhao And BLTouch: A Perfect Match...

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Some great news!   Wanhao and BLTouch .   Anybody who knows about bed leveling knows about the reliability BLTouch adds to a printer. Wanhao and BLTouch have joined together to bring better printers, better systems, and better reliability to the consumer. Were excited, you should be too!     Congratulations!               Some information on the BLTouch:   Summary https://www.antclabs.com/bltouch ​ BLTouch is an  auto leveling  sensor for 3D Printers that can precisely measure the tilt of Bed surface. It could work with any kinds of bed materials, such as glasses, woods, metals, and so on. ​ Features ​ Main functions and controls of BLTouch are the same as usual auto bed leveling sensor, consists of RC servo and micro switch . Thus, BLTouch can be applied on almost every board. BLTouch is fulfilled with  simple  structure and high precision by using  progressively designed solenoid...
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Slicer PE and Resin Printing. I can't wait for this...

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  A new approach to manual supports being introduced into Slicer PE will give some real nice advantages to the work flow for resin printing as well. Watch the video, and take it all in.     I'm anxious to be able to use these features within the resin side of things- and theres some very experience related reasons why. Auto generate, no matter what program is is, sucks balls except for the simplest of models. As you learn you finally figure out you need to develop your manual placement skills.   Theres no magic or luck involved with getting those prints happening every time, and while the software can help you get there, it will not do it for you. Manually placing individual support points is tedious but necessary for detailed models- if you want a clean model after removing those supports. In walks the support blockers and enforcers...
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