PLA Z Quality on the Printrbot

posted 16 Nov 2014, 05:41 by Colin Bell   [ updated 1 Dec 2014, 11:15 ]

I was quite inspired by the resolution I was getting using nylon as a print material, so decided to do a Z quality test in PLA at 0.1mm to see if it could keep up with the big boys.

The model I selected is a nice arty piece from Thingiverse, simply called 'Female in Water'. I know I could get an awesome print if I printed this on end, so was contemplating building some sort of raft, but then I thought why not just print it flat and see how it comes out?

I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the resulting model - of course the layer lines are visible, however in this case I think they actually enhance the look of the model, making it even more ethereal. The detail on the top layers is very nice, brining out a lot of detail that I didn't really expect to see, especially in the face of the model. These little thunbnails don't really do the detail justice, so if you're interested, click on any of them to view the full sized pictures.

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