3D Printing: Improving Print Quality

Achieving good print quality can be extremely frustrating. There are tons of variables that come into play that can effect how a 3D print looks. Whether it be a belt slip, false steps per mm, too fast/slow acceleration speeds, voltage from stepper drivers, faulty hobbed bolt (or direct drive pulley), unleveled bed, or just a loose screw, finding what is causing blemishes in your final product can be a daunting process. Without help from forums and blogs most inexperienced hobbyists would be totally lost (including me!). I'll share with you some of the steps I took to debug my Prusa i3 Rework to take my prints from just a blob of plastic to a solid usable object.

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