Print Speed Calculator
Can your printer handle the print speeds you want? Use this calculator to find out!
Please note: Success at high speeds is dependent on many factors, including your extruder, temperature and the material being printed. Never exceed the safe extrusion temperatures outlined in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for any material to achieve high speeds.
About this calculator
High-speed 3D printing can be tricky to do. The complexity of 3D printing becomes far more apparent at higher speeds as the influence of each variable increases. This calculator will help simplify your life when deciding on print speeds. Flow rate combines the variables extrusion width, layer height and print speed into a single variable that is far easier to think about in terms of your printer's abilities.
This calculator primarily tailors to E3D users, but the flow rate and extruder speed results are useful to all 3D printer users. The speed of the printer extruder (dependent on filament diameter and flow rate) is also a critical factor in determining if your printer can handle your desired printing speeds.
Results are not a definitive answer to whether or not your printer can handle a given printing speed. Additional variables such as the material, temperature and external factors (like friction on filament as it feeds into the hotend) can also have significant impacts on maximum speeds. Use this calculator as a guide to make ballpark decisions on printing speed.
Flow rate is calculated with the following equation: extrusion_width * layer_height * print_speed.