5.1.3.1. Layer

(1) General

Layer Height refers to the thickness of every single layer. Someone calls it resolution as well.

Shells refer to the number of loops for the models’ walls.

Maximum Shells overlap percentage refers to the max percentage of overlap between shells. When the overlap percentage of the lines from one single shell loop is larger than the set value, the shell will be replaced to be solid fill structure.

Print Shells in Optimal Order refers that with this function enabled the shells would be printed with optimizing order for reducing the travels paths and retractions.


(2) First Layer Settings

First Layer Height refers to the thickness of the model’s first layer.

First Layer Flowrate refers to setting the flow rate at the first layer set as a percentage of filament flowrate. Flowrate refers to how much plastic the printer is told to extruder.

First Layer Extrusion Width Percentage refers to the percentage of first layer extrusion width. For example: If your extrusion width is 0.4mm, and you set this value to 120% then the first layer extrusion width is 0.48mm.


(3) Layer Start Point

Layer Start Point refers to the position where the nozzle will start move from at each layer.

Layer Start Point Type has three options can be set as.

Figure 5.14: 3 types of Layer Start Point.


Nearest refers that the layer start point will be placed at an optimal position to save the time of movement.

Fixed refers that the layer start point will be placed as close as possible to the specified position.

Note: If you select Fixed as your start point type, you can set X & Y’s value to define a position. ideaMaker will set a closest position based on the position you set.

Random refers that the layer start point will be placed randomly over the model.


Fixed Layer Start Point X refers to defining the X position of the layer start point.

Fixed Layer Start Point Y refers to defining the Y position of the layer start point.


Note:

1. When the Build Plate Shape is Rectangle, Fixed layer start point x=0 and y=0 refers to the bottom left corner of the platform.

2. When the Build Plate Shape is Ellipse, Fixed layer start point x=0 and y=0 refers to the central point of the platform.


Seam Hiding:

Place Seam on refers to placing the seam on the specified corner of the shells. There are four types in all: None, Reflex or Convex Corner, Reflex Corner and Convex Corner.

Place Seam on the nearest corner as possible refers that with this function enable the slicer will take the nearest corner to place the seam on as possible.


(4) Other

Spiral Vase Mode means that the model will be printed out to be single outline corkscrew vase structure with no retraction. This mode will transfer the model to vase-like structure with only outer shell, no infill and open top surface. Z axis will move slowly by spiraling upwards.

Print External Shells First refers that with this function enabled software will print external shells first then print internal shells.

Print Infill First refers to with this function enabled the slicer will print infill first then print shells.

Print Parts in Same order for each layer refers that the models will be printed under a specific order in each layer. And the specific orders depend on models import order.

Note: this function only works for multiple models.

Minimal Segment Length refers that the minimal length of extruded line segment. 

Merge Nearby Lines refers that the distance of two nearby lines less than the value you set, they would be merged. 


(5) Dimensional Compensation

XY Size compensation for Contours refers to the compensation for the measured error of contours, especial for the expanded or shrunken object.

XY Size compensation for Holes refers to the compensation for the measured error of holes.

Note: Negative value will shrink the objects in each layer.


(6) Small Features

Small Features Diameter refer to the regions of detected small features diameter is smaller than defined value will be printed with Small Features settings.

Small Features Holes Diameter refer to the shells at holes of detected diameter is smaller than defined value will be printed with Small Features settings.

Small Features Speed Multiplier refer to the printing speed percentage of the detected small features’ regions.

For example: if the Small Features Speed Multiplier is 50%, set the Infill Speed to be 80mm/s, which means the small features’ infill regions will be printed at the speed of 40mm/s.

Small Features Infill Density with this function enabled, the infill density of detected small features area will be set as defined value.


Figure 5.15: The Layer tab.


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