Profile Cura ABS For Prusa i3 MK3 My experience

Cura ABS Settings

Profile Cura ABS – By default, Prusa provides its slicer, PrusaSlicer. However after I used it, I haven’t found any great results. I don’t know why.

I compared print between Prusaslicer and Cura, I found the result that cura prints faster than prusa slicer.

Therefore, I am here trying to give tips on setting up ABS using cura software for my 3D printer, the Prusa I3 MK3.

There are several menus that I focus on in this explanation, namely Material and Speed, because these often affect the print results.

Material Settings

ABS Print Temperature

For setting the printing temperature this will have an effect on two things.

  1. The Strength
  2. Smooth body

The higher the temperature for the hotend = the print will be shiny and strong h (because the melted filament will be strongly bonded)

The temperature is too high = the print result will be worse

Lower temperature = less glossy print and more brittle and less glossy, but usually a neater finish.

Based on my experience, the best temperature for ABS printing is from 240 – 255 degrees c. My choice can be seen in the print table below.

Therefore it takes the right setting of the Slicer to determine the final ending

Build Plate Temperature

After I did the test, I got the best Build Plate Temperature temperature for this ABS print which is between 90-100 degrees.

If the temperature is too high, the surface will melt a lot.

If it is too low there will be a bigfoot so that the surface finish is not perfectly sticky.

ABS Print Speed

For speed, if we want a good print surface, then we have to slow down the outer speed. Because this is the part that we will see. As for the inside or the inner speed may be high.

For the outer speed itself, I suggest from 10-60 mm/s. If the object you are printing is small, use the smallest value of 10 mm/s for example, or smaller than that.

Also pay attention to the speed of the top/bottom layer. It should also be slow. I suggest the value is 20-80 mm/s. Too fast, can cause big feet or peeling off the bed.

Mesh Fixes

Here I enable mesh fixes to fix mesh errors from the stl file that may exist but I didn’t notice.

Profile Cura ABS For Prusa i3 MK3 My experience
My ABS Layers

Setting Profile ABS Table

MENUPROPERTYVALUE
QualityLayer High0.3 mm
ShellWall Thickness1.4 mm
Wall Line Count3
Top Thickness1.4 mm
Bottom Thickness1.4 mm
Z Seam AlignmentSharpest Corner
Seam Corner PreferencesHide Seam
Enable IroningYes
MaterialPrinting Temperature240 °C
Printing Temperature Initial Layer245 °C
Final Printing Temperature240 °C
Build Plate Temperature110 °C
SpeedPrint Speed60 mm/s
Infill Speed120 mm/s
Outer Wall Speed20 mm/s
Inner Wall Speed80 mm/s
Top/Bottom Speed20 mm/s
Travel Speed130 mm/s
Skirt/Brim Speed60 mm/s
Enable Acceleration ControlYes
Print Acceleration 800 mm/s2
Wall Acceleration500 mm/s2
Outer Wall Acceleration500 mm/s2
Travel Acceleration1500 mm/s2
TravelEnable RetractionNo
Combing ModeAll
Max Comb Distance With No Retract 5 mm
Avoid Printed Parts When TravelingYes
Travel Avoid Distance0.625 mm
Cooling Enable Print CoolingYes
Fan Speed10%
Regular Fan Speed10%
Maximum Fan Speed10%
Regular/Maximum Fan Speed Threshold10%
Regular Fan Speed at Layer5
Build Plate AdhesionBuild Plate Adhesion Type Brim
Brim Line Count10
Mesh FixesMaximum Resolusion0.5 mm
Maximum Travel Resolution0.5 mm
Maximum Deviation0.05 mm

That’s what I can give you. If you get better settings for your printer, you can comment below which may be useful for others.

Hopefuly this Profile Cura ABS article is usefull.

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