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Petah
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Weird or expected behavior different sized first layer

Hello everyone,

While slicing some random part recently I encountered something kinda strange. The first layer seems to be smaller in x/y size than the following layers. That is, the perimeters following the first layer stick out just a little bit if you view it in the slicer. It happens with the most basic shapes so if this is expected why is this even happening? What are the advantages/disadvantages?

Thanks in advance

Best Answer by fuchsr:

Normal behavior. It's called elephant's foot compensation. You can adjust it in print settings. The way the first layer is put down often results in a bit of squish, so the dimensions are slightly pushed out in xy directions, leading to a small bulge, the elephant's foot. Elephant's foot compensation, well, compensates for it.

Posted : 08/10/2021 12:17 pm
fuchsr
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Normal behavior. It's called elephant's foot compensation. You can adjust it in print settings. The way the first layer is put down often results in a bit of squish, so the dimensions are slightly pushed out in xy directions, leading to a small bulge, the elephant's foot. Elephant's foot compensation, well, compensates for it.

Posted : 08/10/2021 12:36 pm
Petah
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Topic starter answered:
Weird or expected behavior different sized first layer

Ah thank you. I couldn't find the setting for it before, but now I see.

Posted : 08/10/2021 1:35 pm
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