How do you set ironing in Cura?

Hey there, tech enthusiasts! It’s Carolina, your favorite technology trainee!


3D printing never ceases to amaze, right? And today, we’re diving deep into a feature that’s been the talk of the town – Ironing! A lot of you have reached out, curious and sometimes puzzled, about using this setting for that sleek finish on your 3D prints. Buckle up, because I’m about to spill the beans on this intriguing feature!

What’s This Ironing in 3D Printing All About?

Ironing, in the realm of 3D printing, is a slicer tweak that instructs your 3D printer’s nozzle to take an extra stroll across the top of your print. This little detour aids in melting down any rough spots, ensuring a more polished finish. And yes, it does exude a tiny bit of material, filling up the voids to achieve that desirable smoothness. ✨

Why Consider Ironing for Your Prints?

Positive Vibes:
– Enhanced surface sheen
– Fills in tiny pesky gaps ️
– Enables precise assembly of printed parts

Not So Cool Aspects:
– Adds a chunk to your printing duration ️
– Certain patterns might be a visual spoiler – Pro-tip: ‘Concentric’ is your buddy!
– Beware if you have intricate or curved tops; ironing may not be your best bet then.

No matter if you’re tweaking settings on an Ender 3 or any similar 3D printer, ironing can sprinkle some magic. But remember, to see the best results, calibration is the key!

Ironing in Cura: Unlock the Magic!

Ready to dive into Cura and activate this fantastic feature? Simply key in “ironing” in the search space, and you’ll find the “Enable Ironing” option under the Top/Bottom segment. The default settings are usually a charm, but for the adventurous souls, there’s always room to experiment!

Here’s a rundown of the various ironing tweaks you can play with:
Iron Only Highest Layer: Ideal for prints where you wish to smoothen only the top-most surface.
Ironing Pattern: Zig-Zag or Concentric, what’s your pick?
Monotonic Ironing Order: Ensures uniform direction for a more consistent look.
Ironing Line Spacing: Control the spacing between ironing lines for that perfect finish.
Ironing Flow: Adjust the filament flow during ironing.
Ironing Inset: Decide how close to the edge your ironing begins.
Ironing Speed: Control the pace at which the nozzle travels during the process.

There are other advanced settings, but I’d advise beginners to stick to the basics. Once you’re more comfortable, the world of 3D printing settings is your oyster!

The Finer Details: Diving Deeper

Ironing Pattern: Though many lean towards Zig-Zag, which is versatile, the Concentric pattern too has its fanbase. It depends on your model’s shape.

Ironing Flow: It’s all about achieving the right balance. Too much might ruin the surface, while too little may not give you the desired result. The golden mean lies somewhere between 10% and 25%.

Ironing Speed: Though the default speed is around 16.6667mm/s, feel free to experiment. Who knows, you might be one of those who achieve stellar results at 150mm/s!

For the curious minds, there are tons of resources and videos out there. Dive deep, learn, experiment, and create those 3D masterpieces!