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mr_b
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Top surface layer

Postby mr_b » Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:45 am

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In the Solid Fill tab, what is the difference between the right and left side (solid fill layers vs surface fill layers)? If i set "Top solid fill layers" to 4 and "top surface fill layers" to 4, it still only prints 4 top layers (not 8).
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Vicky@Raise3D
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Re: Top surface layer

Postby Vicky@Raise3D » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:57 am

Top Surface Fill Layers are layers included in Top Solid Fill Layers.
If the Top Solid Fill Layers are 7 layers, only the the most top layer is the Top Surface Layer.

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Re: Top surface layer

Postby tja » Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:31 am

This had me confused too for a while. The description is not very clear and the user manual doesn't make it any clearer. So I made this simple test piece and sliced it a number of times using different settings for solid fill layers and surface solid fill layers. If you set the pattern type to 'lines' for solid fill and 'concentric' for surface solid fill layers, it's a lot easier to see what is going on when you click through the layers in Preview mode.
Simple Test Piece.stl
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From this you will see...
Top Solid Fill Layers (TSFL) are the number of layers containing a solid fill pattern at any of the top parts of the model.
Top Surface Solid Fill Layers (TSSFL) are the highest of the TSFL layers.
For example - If a model with a total of 20 layers has a TSFL set to 5 and a TSSFL set to 3...
layer 15 is a TSFL
layer 16 is a TSFL
layer 17 to 20 are TSSFL

For the bottom parts of the model it follows similar logic...
Bottom Solid Fill Layers (BSFL) are the number of layers containing a solid fill pattern at any of the bottom parts of the model.
Bottom Surface Solid Fill Layers (BSSFL) are the lowest of the BSFL layers.
However, the very bottom-most layer (Layer 1) is a special case and has its own settings for layer height, flowrate and width percentage on the 'Layer' tab, but then it gets its pattern type from the BSFL setting on the 'Solid Fill' tab.
For example - If the BSFL is set to 5 and the BSSFL is set to 3 then...
layer 1 is a First Layer
layer 2 is a BSSFL
layer 3 is a BSSFL
layer 4 & 5 are BSFL


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