It is the speed at which the layer fans rotate. A higher speed allows better cooling of the material during printing and reduces oozing, but can also increase material shrinkage.
This configuration is divided into the following parameters:
- Normal fan speed: speed where the fan spins if the printing time of the layer is higher than the normal speed threshold.
- Maximum fan speed: speed where the fan rotates if the printing time of the layer is less than the maximum speed threshold.
Maximum fan speed/ normal fan speed threshold
Layers that print slowly than the threshold use the fan normal speed. For faster layers, the speed increases gradually until reaching the fan maximum speed.
In this way, the model is correctly cooled following the thickness along the Z-axis.
Initial fan speed
This modifies the fan speed only on the first layer. This speed is stable until the normal speed height is reached.
To ensure the correct adhesion of the first layer to the printing surface, it is recommended to reduce this speed to 0%
Normal fan speed at height
This is the height where the fans change to normal speed from the initial fan speed. Increasing this height has the advantage of improving adhesion to the printing surface but it can lead to the appearance of oozing on the piece. With a height of 0.8mm it is enough.
Minimum layer time
Determines the minimum time that a layer should be printed. If a layer takes less than this value, the printer reduces the speed to achieve the minimum layer time. This allows the printed material to cool down properly before printing the next layer.
This is the minimum speed where the printer is forced to print. In this way, the correct material flow is maintained and the printing result is not compromised.
Enabling this setting allows the head to move away from the piece during the printing process. This occurs when the minimum layer time is not reached, even when printing at the minimum speed.
The head will wait until the minimum layer time has passed and then continue printing. This gives the printed material enough time to cool down at a minimum speed.
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