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  • You can also use ironing to make the top surface a little nicer also.


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    • Legoman 3d print turned out good, Was going to smooth it out with a good sanding and High build then two pack it.and make it look perfect.
      But I got Lazy, So just sprayed it with some epoxy enamel I had laying around. lol. the blue isnt the correct blue for a legoman but it will do.
      The print quality @ .1 was good enough. the aldi 3d printers are prety good. Like Trevs, it took about a week todo all the parts, like one a day roughly could have been quicker if i printed one part straight after the other I guess

      just need to make a decal for the face.

      legomanpainted.jpg



      I increased temp to 210, would that be causing it? I increased the temp as this alleviated adhesion issues. I don't like using a glue stick as although it works it tarnishes the finish.

      The rest of the print is fine, just the bit that hits the mat that discolours.
      Yer I use 210deg also, the glue stick isnt a problem as the bottom surface is shit Anyway. as Trev said put the good surface at the top, So flip the item in Cura

      If your box is open at the rear just put the open part at the Bed as it will have the least contact with the bed and have inside supports, so will look the less ugly on the print

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      • Yeah still need to play around with settings.

        Printed it upsidedown which gave me a nice finish on the visible top side, however all the added supports weren't easy to remove and stuffed some things up when I finally got them all out.
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        • Originally posted by Frank_fjs View Post
          Yeah still need to play around with settings.

          Printed it upsidedown which gave me a nice finish on the visible top side, however all the added supports weren't easy to remove and stuffed some things up when I finally got them all out.
          Increase the support print speed and lower the print quality on the supports, should make it easier to remove next time. However that can make it easier for supports to be knocked over when print head moves around, but again its trial and error.

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          • So what have you been 3D printing?

            If you do an alcohol spray after putting down some glue stick and then rub in the glue stick it leaves little to no residue on the bottom of the part. The glue should be almost impossible to see.

            Iíll see if I can find a part that has some on it.

            Zoomed right in.




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            • What an amazing thread. Needs a section on its own so much useful information.

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              • Jamma slip covers, simple and effective.

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                • So what have you been 3D printing?

                  Decided to try my hand at making my own Ironman topper. Intention was a fairly ďsimpleĒ led lit helmet.

                  I figured Iíd do the hardest one first (face plate) as if I couldnít do that then it wasnít worth wasting time in the rest.

                  First print failed due to bad supports around 2 hours in. Flipped the model quite a few times to find the minimum amount of support. Decided to use a raft as it was vertically orientated and could easily topple so I want it held down well.



                  This has been the biggest print Iíve ever done it was almost too big for my print volume. I thought Iíd made a mistake on my height in cura as I only had 15mm left at the top of the z screw!

                  22 hours later ...


                  (Note: that smoke alarm is normally velcroed to the top of the machine. I took it off when I was in the room and the Bowden tube was getting close to hitting it).

                  I ran into an issue about 14 hours in where one of my heated bed rollers seemed loose. This caused slightly misaligned layers from the base to the bottom of the eyes. Once tightened layer quality was significantly better.









                  With the support still on it makes it look like heís got a flat top





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                  • Originally posted by Koops View Post
                    Decided to try my hand at making my own Ironman topper. Intention was a fairly ďsimpleĒ led lit helmet.

                    I figured Iíd do the hardest one first (face plate) as if I couldnít do that then it wasnít worth wasting time in the rest.

                    First print failed due to bad supports around 2 hours in. Flipped the model quite a few times to find the minimum amount of support. Decided to use a raft as it was vertically orientated and could easily topple so I want it held down well.

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...069482c7aa.jpg

                    This has been the biggest print Iíve ever done it was almost too big for my print volume. I thought Iíd made a mistake on my height in cura as I only had 15mm left at the top of the z screw!

                    22 hours later ...

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...dfabeced95.jpg
                    (Note: that smoke alarm is normally velcroed to the top of the machine. I took it off when I was in the room and the Bowden tube was getting close to hitting it).

                    I ran into an issue about 14 hours in where one of my heated bed rollers seemed loose. This caused slightly misaligned layers from the base to the bottom of the eyes. Once tightened layer quality was significantly better.

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...0d46399d5f.jpg

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...411019f25c.jpg

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...8692d1688e.jpg

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...1223b5e58c.jpg

                    With the support still on it makes it look like heís got a flat top

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...2faddb24ab.jpg

                    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...c0de1f3b33.jpg

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                    Very nice. I like the idea of having a smoke detector nearby too.
                    I finally got some yellow pla and finished Batman.

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                    • I bought an Anycubic i3 Mega printer from ebay a couple of weeks ago. I have managed to successfully print a number of parts, being the obligatory owls which come on the SD card when you buy the thing and also a number of mods for this printer from Thingiverse, of which every one has printed successfully but been a failure due to them being the wrong size or something similar . I did the extruder calibration and found it was under extruding a lot, so since fixing that, the parts are at least printing a lot more accurately. This is the
                      calibration test after fixing the extruder.

                      IMG_20190527_103541.jpg

                      I have just received some PETG as well and wanted to print something I had already printed to compare, so I printed another 24 tooth gear. The orange one is PLA and the white is PETG. Quite happy with the way it has come out.

                      gears.png
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                      • Nice.

                        There are so many tweaks that can be done to machines (both hardware and software) that the process of getting a perfect print (in fdm printing ) can take a while.

                        Iím waiting on a new silent board that should make my ender3 pretty quiet.

                        Iíd also been playing with some more public profiles (creawsome mod) that change quite a few settings that allows new users good ďout of the box printsĒ.

                        My profiles left,creawsome right.




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                        • So what have you been 3D printing?

                          Fooking bugs. One landed right below one of the eyes :/ re-sand and another gloss coat then gold time!

                          Itís actually turned out quite well so far, Iím surprised.






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                          • That looks fantastic. What did you print it out of, PLA?
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                            • So what have you been 3D printing?

                              Originally posted by cwispy View Post
                              That looks fantastic. What did you print it out of, PLA?
                              Yeah just PLA. Itís the only filament type I have.

                              Ps: that is painted by the way, not the natural pla finish. When researching how the prop makers made the gold color look so nice they mention that they normally do it over gloss black base coats.

                              https://youtu.be/-yQCh_h94ts

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                              • Very nice result.

                                Im just in the process of printing a pi camera enclosure then a pi case for octoprint to mount on my printer.
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