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Torture Test

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Torture Test by MAKE Nov 6, 2012

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This was the Torture Test used during the 3D Print Weekend at MAKE HQ to test over 15 different printers. The model was designed by one of the testers during the weekend, Cliff Biffle, and is meant to push your printer to its limits!

See the results in the 3D Printing Special Issue, on newsstands November 13th. You can purchase it from the Maker Shed here: makershed.com/Make_Ultimate_Guide_to_3D_Printing_p/1449357377.htm

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This is to be printed WITH support?
Obviously the red printed model failed to print thin horizontal layer on the left side of the arch.
Ultimaker for the WIN! (It passed)
Hello I am the founder of a French site about 3D printing and I find it really good and reliable test. I can not wait to see how will react DittoPro the new 3D printer Tinkerine a model that seems very powerful ... Someone has already tested this printer here?

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This is to be printed WITH support?
Obviously the red printed model failed to print thin horizontal layer on the left side of the arch.
Ultimaker for the WIN! (It passed)
Hello I am the founder of a French site about 3D printing and I find it really good and reliable test. I can not wait to see how will react DittoPro the new 3D printer Tinkerine a model that seems very powerful ... Someone has already tested this printer here?
Hello I am the founder of a French site about 3D printing and I find it really good and reliable test. I can not wait to see how will react DittoPro the new 3D printer Tinkerine a model that seems very powerful ... Someone has already tested this printer here?
Hello I am the founder of a French site about 3D printing and I find it really good and reliable test. I can not wait to see how will react DittoPro the new 3D printer Tinkerine a model that seems very powerful ... Someone has already tested this printer here?
Appreciate this test! I've chatted with printer makers and they tweak it a little for their machine designs but it gauges things very well for a printer's capabilities. Andrew (http://3dhacker.com)
Mine is printing right how, with the owl. no support. we shall see... its a KS Printrbot+ with many upgrades. im printing 150µm layers on a slowish 70mm/s and 50mm/s 25% rectilinear infill. I disagree about using manufacturers defaults. in many cases there are no manufacturer defaults. i suppose whatever was default with Slic3r but then what are the defaults? maybe they are completely useless. rather the same print parameters should have been used across all the printers in order to compare the actual quality of the hardware and control software - the printer. using different parameters would wreck the test. perhaps a default set of parameters and then tweek them to get the best results. post both results. that would give a better sense of the quality of the actual machine.
did the replicator 1 pass the test?
Arrrrrhhhh, I have knocked over the little par of the arc 2x now.  this time I was about 10mm hogh on it.  50% infill, no support material, having the z lift .2mm.  I have lots of jitter and I think thats what is knocking it loose. The jitter happens when it fills the hollow part of the box walls. 
Is it meant to be printed with or without support material?
That's up to you. We used the default settings of each machine when printing, so some used support and some didn't. 
TTG - in reply to MAKE
WHAAA? The default settings of the machine would be the firmware, and the last time I checked, firmware doesnt load stl's, slice it and then create gcode. Just creates variables like max printing area etc.

You have to actually slice it and use a controller like pronterface to read the sliced file and print.

So..... you changed your slicer settings for some machines to print with support and some not? Sounds like an agenda to me. Your guys' explanations of how this test was conducted, never added up.

Here's just one of the things Ive created with a Series 1 drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6byJGcnzyGBLVVYUmJ2akIyZ3M&;usp=sharing
how do you use default settings of the machine when you slice the GCO off the hardware before hand? Do you understand how this even works?
Link to Cliff's Thingiverse page, since he made this object:  http://www.thingiverse.com/cbiffle
It's not an impossible print, but it's really hard.   Even the one in that photo is missing the thin section.    Getting the arch and overhang right is a good test, but getting the holes / wall thicknesses right was the harder test. 
I tried printing hollow it was coming out really good until about 10 mm where because I was printing hollow the arch curled up and grabbed the print head.   That overhand under the arch is nasty too.  Cool print and definitely a good torture test.
You may have better results with a very low infill rather than hollow, but the arch is extremely tricky. Good luck :)
Print solid hollow or with some infill?
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