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I have noticed that Slic3r offers a speed setting called "auto speed" meant to give a constant filament pressure at the extruder, which I believe could eliminate filament grinding issues at higher printing speeds.

According to the tooltip in Slic3r, auto speed is calculated from two parameters:

  • Maximum speed
  • Maximum volumetric speed

Maximum speed speaks for itself, but how can I calculate the maximum volumetric speed of my print?

1 Answer 1

There's no fixed maximum volumetric speed that works for everyone, there's simply too much variables to account for. By using @Ian Williams explanation you can convert from volumetric to regular speeds but you still need to test what speed works best for your setup.

Just a few of the other variables affecting how fast material can come out consistently: temperature (nozzle & heat brake), extruder motor power, path friction between extruder and hotend, material compressibility, fluidity and glass transition temperature, ..

There are interesting topics on RepRap forums, like this one:

http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?262,654085