Poor infill for some slopes #198

alexrj opened this Issue Feb 12, 2012 · 8 comments


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alexrj commented Feb 12, 2012

The issue was raised by @ScribbleJ and @faberdasher about this model:

STL, G-code and config.ini at http://scribblej.com/heartgearplate/

(there's another issue on that model reported in #139)

Lenbok commented Feb 19, 2012

I bump into this bug regularly. E.g. this bug is apparent when printing the head of the android device rest http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5915 and the dome in the center of the lid of the companion cube box http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:13673

triffid commented Feb 23, 2012

see what happens if you change the algorithm a little so the outermost perimeter is always printed on top of solid fill. With 1 perimeter and 45 degree slopes this may result in "zigzag" fill along the edges, but that's a small price to pay for not having scrappy-looking domes

alexrj commented Feb 25, 2012

hmm.. that's one option, although thin zigzag fill is risky... what about increasing perimeters? Slic3r could just automatically increase perimeters in that case. I like perimeters, they work well :) @triffid, opinions?

triffid commented Feb 25, 2012

yeah could work although for very shallow gradients you may find you have a dozen perimeters in some parts of the model- I think solid infill would work best there!

So apparently there's some threshold below which perimeters make sense, and above which infill makes sense.

I wonder, could you use your medial axis algorithm to detect infill regions that are narrow and just run perimeters along them?

alexrj commented Feb 26, 2012

@triffid, Slic3r already does solid infill where infill area is exposed, so there's really no risk of have a dozen perimeters. This particular issue happens where no infill is exposed, but a layer can't lay its outermost perimeter on the innermost perimeter of the lower layer. For example:

@alexrj alexrj added a commit that referenced this issue May 5, 2012
@alexrj New automatic detection of additional required perimeters for better …
…quality with domes and sloping walls. #198
alexrj commented May 5, 2012

Done: I added an algorithm for automatic detection of additional required perimeters in situations like these. Can you please test? Thank you!


Looks promising! I will test out on the next release. Cheers :)

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alexrj commented Jun 27, 2012

Here's an example of the said feature: http://captain-slow.dk/2012/06/16/slic3r-0-8-3/

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