How to fix Ghosting/Ringing

In this article you will find how to proceed if you are experiencing ghosting/ringing







What is ghosting and why it happens

Ghosting or ringing is when the details on a 3D print seem echoed along the printed part's wall. Ringing artifacts will happen mostly around sharp corners and details. 

ghosting-gifThis is caused by vibrations: When the printhead changes direction or speed, some parts of the printer may resonate and produce wobbliness on the print's surface. Preventing vibrations and undesired movements is key to fix this issue.


How to fix it

1: Check that the belts are tight enough


If the belts are not tight enough, there will be a chance of ringing, as the printhead will move less precisely. Check your belts first, it is most likely that this issue is coming from these. Here's an article that will help you on this:

How to adjust the tension of the belts (Epsilon Series)

How to adjust the tension of the belts (Sigma Series) (WIP)

How to adjust the tension of the belts (BCN3D Sigmax)

How to adjust the tension of the belts (BCN3D Sigma)


2: Slow down your printjob


The default settings for our BCN3D filaments have been tailored for good quality and reliable results, and are fully tested by our laboratory. If you are experiencing this issue with default profiles and our own filaments, go to the next point. 


If you are using custom BCN3D Stratos settings, you should check your speed settings. Sudden printer movements can generate more vibrations and ghosting on your parts. If you are experiencing ghosting with tight belts, you should lower the printing speed and acceleration settings. Normally, a speed below 60mm/s works well and prevents this from happening.


3: Check that your printer is stable

If ghosting still persists even after tightening the belts and getting a good configuration, it may be that your printer is not located in the best spot or a printer dampener is missing. Your printer needs to be sitting on a solid and levelled surface, it has to fully support the printer even during fast movements. 


Forum Community

Still having issues? Check out our forum community for more solutions. 


It's important to keep your printer in good shape to make the most out of it. In this chart you can find a list of the extruder maintenace procedures and how frequently these should be done. 

Maintenance Plan (Epsilon Series)

Maintenance Plan (Sigma Series)

Maintenance Plan (BCN3D Sigmax)

Maintenance Plan (BCN3D Sigma)


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