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Wall Line Count and Top Layers

Case Study

Q:  How does the wall line count/top layers affect my print?

A:  If your wall line count/top layers is too low, your part may not be strong enough and sometimes the infill pattern shows up on the outside and outer walls will not be smooth.

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Failed print: The model had just two outer walls and the infill pattern was visible on the outer walls

PRINT QUALITY:

  1. Wall thickness is low
  2. The part was flimsy and had poor surface quality.

PROBLEM:

  • Outside perimeters/Wall line count settings were inaccurate.

CORRECTIVE ACTION:

  • Increase the wall line count to match the required wall thickness
  • Infill percentage was increased to make the part more sturdy
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Fixed print: Much better surface quality when the number of outer walls were increased
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KEY POINTS:

  • The wall line count can be increased even more if you want a sturdier print. But you must keep in mind that it will increase your print time and filament consumption.

OTHER NOTES:

  • When you increase your wall line count, some thin areas on the part might have overlapping walls. To avoid this, Ultimaker Cura has a feature where we can compensate for wall overlaps which avoids over-extrusion.
Ultimaker Cura

A similar phenomenon occurs when you don’t have enough top layers on the model.

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Failed print- not enough top layers
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