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With plastic extrusion (FFF/FDM) desktop 3D printers, one of the most used, and perhaps, most misused terms acting as a means of comparing different machines is microns. Printer A can do 20 microns whereas Printer B can only do 100 microns, so A must be a better printer.

Our Technical Team have put it to the test to highlight what microns really mean in a real-world application.

3D printing tips: microns, layer height and resolution explained

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 12.16.37

With plastic extrusion (FFF/FDM) desktop 3D printers, one of the most used, and perhaps, most misused terms acting as a means of comparing different machines is microns. Printer A can do 20 microns whereas Printer B can only do 100 microns, so A must be a better printer.

Our Technical Team have put it to the test to highlight what microns really mean in a real-world application.

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