3D Printing 0.06 vs 0.1 Resolution Which is Better ?

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Nowadays everyone has some kind of 3D printer and everyone wants the best setting for the maximum print quality, but which is better? 0.06 or 0.1 resolution? In this post, we will analyze it closely and see the pros and cons of each setting.

Most 3D printers are capable of printing on 0.1mm resolution which is the default resolution that comes from the manufacturer, but some high precision printers are capable of printing on an even higher resolution at just 0.06mm resolution which is almost double the quality of 0.1!

0.06 Resolution

A while ago, I made a video showing side by side a Lego piece printed on 0.1 and 0.06. See the video below:

As you can see the one printed at 0.06 didn’t come out nicely as we expected, that’s probably because 0.06 resolution requires a lot of calibration and a really good extruder to be able to print at that resolution. Each layer is so thin that I don’t even think the stepper motor can get it right and lift the nozzle correctly but, with a lot of troubleshooting and calibration it might be possible to print at 0.06mm resolution.

Which is the best 3D printer for this kind of job?

At this moment Zortrax M200 is a really solid and high precision printer I ever have seen. It’s very solid and extreme precision because it’s all metal and has excellent machined parts for high precision, check out the link below:

Zortrax M200 – https://amzn.to/2KHuJyy

3D Print | The Ancient Tree Model 3D Printed and Tested

printed tree

Today we 3D Printed a special Ancient tree made in a 3D software, this tree was printed in high resolution of 0.1mm and took about 3 hours to finish then a few more minutes to remove some strings made by the nozzle.

printed tree

Technical details

  • Temperature: 205c
  • Bed Temperature: 65c
  • Resolution: 0.1
  • Retraction: 0.2
  • Print time: Approximately 3 hours
  • Infill: 20%

The final outcome is pretty good for this resolution and you can barely see the lines. If this was printed on ABS filament we could make it look even better by doing the acetone vapor method in which has a chemical effect on the plastic and start melting slowly leaving a beautiful smooth surface.

Extra pictures

3d printed tree

The tree body has almost a smooth surface that you can’t barely feel the lines, only the top came out faulty.

haunted tree

On the top of the tree you can see that it didn’t come out good enough because it’s a very fine part and it’s almost impossible to print better unless it’s printed using other technologies such as SLA printer.

Below is the time-lapse video of this ancient tree, if you have the time check it out:

This tree was made in 3DS Max Studio and took less than 15 minutes to make it using the sculpting Technic.

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How Much Stuff Can You 3D Print with 1 KG of Filament

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Nowadays everyone has a 3D printer at home some 3d printers are more advanced and some are more for basic and less complex stuff, but a lot of people just load the filament in their 3d printer and forget about it because it takes so long to finish a single spool of 1KG! So today we will analyze and see how much we can print with 1 spool of filament.

Filament Size

There are many different sizes of filament depending on the material but most are 1KG so we will use 1KG as our default size for the math.

How Much You Can Actually Print with 1KG of Filament

To do this math we will use the Paris Tower and calculate approximately how many towers we could print with 1 spool of 1KG.

The following image shows on top left side the approximate weight of the finished part once printing is complete.

  • Print time: 2 hours 32 minutes
  • 6.30 Meters of filament
  • 19 gram

cura software

3d printed tower

The math

So as you can see the tower will weight approximate 19g once complete so we just have to divide 1000g (1kg) by 19g

1000g / 19 = 52.6
We can print approximately 52 Paris towers with 1 KG of filament!
It would look like something below:

paris tower

That is insane a lot of stuff to print!
If you decide to print everything hollow then you can probably multiple that value by 2 or 3 and most people probably print a lot of stuff with only around 20 to 25% percent infill because there’s not much difference on the appearance and it’s much faster to finish than using solid 100% infill.

Checkout the image below for some random 3D printed stuff. I did not make a math but I guess all the stuff below did not even use 100 grains of filament at all.

Overview

You can print a lot of stuff with 1 single filament spool so just load it in your printer and forget about it 🙂

Egyptian Pyramid with LED 3D Printed

3d pyramid 2

Today we will 3D print this Egypt Pyramid and see how it will work.
This Pyramid is based on Egypt and has a small part on top that is open to attach a small LED and let the light out. This print took approximately 9 hours to complete and on top a blue LED was attached and programmed with Arduino to flash every 100 milliseconds.

Making Process

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Technical Details

  • Print time: Approximately 9 hours
  • Resolution: 1.5
  • Material: RED PLA
  • Temperature: 205 – 200 (Started with 200c then raised to 205c during print)
  • Bed Temperature: 70c
  • Source: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1419212

Overview

 

The details on this pyramid were quite impressive at just 0.15 resolution, the bricks on the side looks very sharp and the edge is also very sharp if it was printed on 0.10 resolution it would probably look so sharp and clean that some people would mistaken for injection molding.

The only thing that went wrong with this print was the top part which as you can see needed some extra cooling and that will be fixed once dual fan mode is installed.

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