Structure of a 3D Print

Structure of a 3D Print

The process of creating a 3D model usually consists of printing 4 sections: bottom layer, outer walls, infill and top layer. Each section has its purpose in supporting the properties of the model.

Outer walls shape the object and surround the infill which can either fill the empty space inside the model almost entirely or in part. Walls and infill make the model solid and it is increased by the amount of top and bottom layers. Top and bottom layers close the whole structure of your print and highly influence the outcome of 3D printing, both in terms of its durability and final look.

Top Layers Settings

Depending on the further purpose of the object you can adjust the infill settings in Z-SUITE. The software will automatically set the optimal amount of top and bottom layers so as to ensure the proper quality of the model. Top and bottom surface of your model will be properly closed thanks to the default option.

Inadequate Amount of Top Layers

Inadequate Amount of Top Layers

However, increasing or decreasing the number of top and bottom layers is still possible so that you can save time and material. But by setting a low number of top and bottom layers you risk experiencing the “pillowing effect” or other imperfections which can occur on models with flat surfaces and low infill. Therefore, there is no need to adjust the settings in Z-SUITE because the software prevents quality defects by choosing the best amount of top and bottom layers.

Models Which Do Not Require Many Top Layers

On the other hand, for quick test prints which won’t be used for specific purposes and projects which don’t have many flat surfaces, you can set even fewer top and bottom layers than it is recommended. This will significantly increase the print speed and save the material.

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