Test your 3D printer! v3

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Test your 3D printer! v3 by ctrlV Feb 23, 2016

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more Tests in the new Test your 3D printer! version 3.

new features

  • Z-Height Check
  • Warp Check
  • Spike
  • Hole in wall
  • Raft Test
  • more Overhang Steps 50° - 70° (needs special care, like cooling)
  • 2 different extrusion widths: 0.48mm & 0.4mm

This is a hard to print testfile!
often you don't know if your printer is ready for complex files. with this file you have an easy option to check problematic printing/slicing stuff.

does your printer challenge this ultimative part?
check it out and get (almost) instant results.

these test are included in this very tiny file:

  • 01 Nut, Size M4 Nut should fit perfectly
  • 02 Wave, rounded print
  • 03 Star, Sharp Edges
  • 04 Name, Complex Shapes
  • 05 Holes, Size 3, 4, 5 mm
  • 06 minimal Distance: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7 mm
  • 07 Z height: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 1.0, 1.1 mm
  • 08 Wall Thickness: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7 mm
  • 09 Bridge Print: 2, 4, 8, 16 mm
  • 10 Sphere, Rounded Print 4.8mm height
  • 11 Sphere Mix, 7 mm height
  • 12 Pyramide, 7 mm height
  • 13 Overhang: 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70°
  • 14 Warp, does it bend?
  • 15 3D Print Font, optimized for 3D printing
  • 16 Surface, Flatness
  • 17 Size, 100 x 100mm x 23.83 (10mm width)
  • 18 Spike, minimum Layer Time, 21 mm height from Bottom (include Baseplate)
  • 19 Hole in Wall, 4 mm diameter, check for proper print
  • 20 Raft Test, raft should be just under the model
  • 21 Retract Travel, check retract settings for longer travel

version 1 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:704409
version 2 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1019228

check out the forum for more help

Print Settings

Rafts: Yes

Supports: No

Resolution: 0.1mm or higher

Infill: 30%

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Jul 18, 2016 - Modified Jul 18, 2016

Any advice for improving overhangs?

Mine printed pretty well except that overhang and a little stringing at the top of the pointy tower bit.

Printer: Monoprice Maker select
Slicer: Cura
Temp: 195C / 60C
Hatchbox green PLA
Layer height: .2mm
Shell: .8mm
Fill density: 20%
Adhesion: brim


Test your 3D printer! v3
by jkuner
ctrlV - in reply to jkuner

do you have a fan?

jkuner - in reply to ctrlV

I have the stock fan on the hot end. I have thought about upgrading or maybe putting a desk fan on the prints, but haven't tried that yet.

Tevo Tarantula
Pla @ 195/50
.1mm lh
30% infill. 6.5mm retraction
1.2mm wall thickness
I did not print with cooling as i havent had a chance to install fan duct.
Cura 2.1.2 via SD card

So not sure where to troubleshoot from here overall it printed pretty well. Things that i notice initially are the bridge print needs work. The min distance wall only printed 2 sections
Also all the dimensions seem to be off. I measure about 92mm on build width. The circles all seem to be near .5mm small but perfectly formed. Spike is also short.


Thank you very much for this!

Any advice for settings changes would be great.

My settings are
Printer: MakerBot Replicator Z18
Material: PLA
Temperature: 205 C
Layer Height: 0.1 mm
Infill Pattern: Diamond (Fast)
Infill: 30%
Shells: 2
Retraction Distance: 1 mm
Retraction Speed: 50 mm/s
Software: MakerBot Desktop Version
Connection: USB

If you need any other information let me know, thanks so much.

Test your 3D printer! v3

hard to see details on the photos.
here some guesses

  • objects looks molten, try with lower temperature / speed
  • some strings / blobs = more retract
  • does this happen with other material?
Jun 21, 2016 - Modified Jun 21, 2016
benpenguin2 - in reply to ctrlV

I have only tried using PLA. Also if I increase the retraction distance do I need to adjust the retraction speed or any other settings as well to avoid any issues? Also there are a lot of different speed options, would you like me to send screen shots of all the options or are you familiar with the advanced settings in MakerBot Desktop?

try to change retract speed to 100-250 mm/s (limited to 100?), go up in 1mm steps until holes appear. try to fine adjust in 0.1mm steps.
it seems the smart extruder has an extra restart distance which is set to 0.1mm, try 0.
you can duplicate the high profile and reduce all extrusion speeds to 50%.

Okay, I just reduced each extrusion speed by 50%, changed the extra restart distance to 0, decreased the temperature from 205 to 200, increased the retraction from 1 mm to 2 mm, and increased the retraction speed from 50 mm/s to 100 mm/s (the maximum). I am thinking about printing just a small cube, as opposed to reprinting the quality test over and over again, and making fine adjustments to the retraction based upon that in order to save time and plastic. Once it seems the retraction is at a good setting I will print another quality test. Thanks for the help.

I tried to print a cube three times but had issues. It would not extrude at all and would just move around as if it were for maybe 10 seconds or so and then it would start to extrude but it was out of sync with the movement as if it were delayed.

go back to 205°C

So I increased the temperature to 205, no difference. I continued to increase it to 215 and still no difference. I then tried a different smart extruder thinking that maybe the issue was with the actual extruder, but no difference. It seems to move around for a little bit as if it is printing and then the plastic comes out afterward and it continues to drip out for a little bit after I cancel the print. Maybe there is an issue with the speeds and for some reason it can not take in to account the changes I made. Do you think I also need to adjust the travel speeds (as the only speeds I changed previously were the extruding speeds) or maybe there is an issue with the retraction (since it was increased) and it is attempting to retract more which is messing up the print process?

sounds like the extruder don't like the speed setting, go back to the original settings.
just try to reduce all printing speeds

So I changed all the setting back to normal and it is still having issue printing. I will check on it and there will be a glob of plastic on the nozzle and it will be rubbing it back and forth on the platform. Any ideas?

can you extrude plastic manually?

Jun 8, 2016 - Modified Jun 8, 2016

Great thing!
Can you please tell me how you created the numbers 2-4-8-16 (bridge print)?
They are being printed so well on my up! mini. Normally, the up! mini has quite a few problems with printing small letters/numbers.
Thank you very much!

these are 3x5 cube arrays with extrusion width 0.48mm

Can you please tell me few tricks how should I tune my printer? I have done this and otherwise it wasn't really awful, but especially the dome is uneven and texts are barely visible. I am really new to the whole 3d printing so I might be doing something surprisingly wrong :)
My settings are
printer: MiniFactory 2 upgraded
print material: PLA
bed temperature: 60
extrude: 220
layer height: 0.2mm
slicer: Slic3r 1.2.9
printer connection: usb

Test your 3D printer! v3
  • try to lower temeperature, lower in 5°C steps (range could be 160-230°C for PLA)
  • retract
    blobs = more retract
    holes = less retract
  • maybe try another slicer http://www.whoote.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9
    CraftWare is very promising
Jun 4, 2016 - Modified Jun 4, 2016

I am new to 3d printing, have had issues with only a few walls, issues with ALL my fittings, and issues printing several objects at the same time. I am looking to print this to test my printer but, if any (or all, but really hope it does not happen) come out wrong, what do you recommend twitching on the settings? I am just looking for some feedback, or tips, to what may solve some issues.

if you have any questions please post these infos.

  • printer brand
  • printer model
  • print material
  • print temperature(s)
  • layerheight
  • slicer including version
  • printer connection (USB/SD/LAN)

there could be a lot of things go wrong, here the most common ones

your printbed is not leveled (should be better than layerheigth you're printing, e.g use a Micrometre)
your axis (Y/X/Z) clearence (with higher speed you also get problems with the moving mass)
your slicer and configuration (every slicer handles things different and could contain bugs)
retract settings (not correctly set you will see blobs or holes on every retract position)
to high temperature (small details will get overheated)

Ill post my hardware/software info, will let you know how the test goes after the printer is finished printing a different part.

what about the sources, to be able to remix for other diameters than 0.48 ?

which diameters you looking for?

0.4 would be cool for me.
After that, are we really testing the printer, or the slicer :-) ?

you can download the 0.4mm file now.
this will test both printer & slicer.

thanks, I will test that


Thanks for taking the time to make this handy printer test!

Feb 23, 2016 - Modified Feb 27, 2016

first to like and comment 5th to collect
edit: first to watch and first to remix
edit edit: first to unwatch

  1. to print is open :-)

btw i think i like the credit card shape better just some feedback

not anymore :P