How to fix Ghosting/Ringing

Ghosting or ringing is when the details on a 3D print seem echoed along the printed part's wall. Find how to proceed if you are experiencing this issue






What is ghosting and why it happens


Ringing artifacts will happen mostly around sharp corners and details, you will see an echo of these parts along the surface of the model.

This 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 fixing 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. 

  • Click on the picture corresponding to your printer to learn how to adjust the belts:
How to adjust the tension of the belts
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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 print 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 leveled surface, it has to fully support the printer even during fast movements. 



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