Bad Overhangs

It´s not trivial to get a perfect result with “perfect” overhangs. It depends on the material, the printer you are using and also on your printing settings, which angles of overhangs are possible to print. Typically, around 45 degree angle are possible to print. In FDM / FFF 3D printing, each layer has to be built upon another. Obviously, you cannot print into the air and that´s why you have to consider about some points before you start your print. Perfect placement, adding support structure or breaking the part into more pieces are common tricks to optimize your 3D print. You may use an overhang test model, like the one from the make magazine, download link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:533472/#files

Add a support structure

An easy way to get better results are support structures.

We can´t recommend which settings are the best, because they change when you change layer height or material. We recommend to start with the standard settings in your slicer program, if you have to change them > try > possiple not good enough > try again : repeat the try and error method.

Keep in mind, that support material takes additional printing time and sometimes optimization of your models placement is another solution. Optimal support settings:

Reduce Layer height

To prevent your print of failed overhangs or to reduce support structure, it is also possible to reduce the layer height in your slicer software.

Part cooling fan

To realize higher angles of overhangs, your material has to cool down quiet fast after printing it. If your printer has a part cooling fan you should activate it or increase the fan speed. Also check if the fan and ventilation slot are in right position (control, that the air cools your part and doesn´t go anywhere).
Some materials have an extreme low viscosity at printing temperatures and that’s why you have to print them with high printing speeds and part cooling fan.

Adjust the print speed

As often it is a combination between printing speed and extruder temperature settings to get the best results for overhangs. We cannot give you the all-round solution, because it differs from material to material, from printer and part cooling fan. We recommend to do overhang printing tests to optimize your settings and to find out which angles of overhangs are possible. You may use an overhang test model, like the one from the make magazine, download link: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:533472/#files

Some additional tips: We recommend a slightly higher printing speed when printing overhangs.

Adjust the nozzle temperature

As often it is a combination between printing speed and nozzle temperature settings to get the best results for overhangs. We cannot give you a general solution, because different materials, printers and part cooling fans influences the outcome of the overhang very much.
We recommend to print overhang tests to optimize your settings and to find out which angles of overhangs are possible.

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