Torture Test

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Torture Test by MAKE Nov 6, 2012


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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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 (3dhacker.com)

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 https://drive.google.com/folde...

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?

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andrewupandabout on Oct 1, 2013 said:

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 (3dhacker.com)

plexus on Jan 3, 2013 said:

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.

biamigueis on Dec 23, 2012 said:

did the replicator 1 pass the test?

unlucky1 on Nov 22, 2012 said:

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. 

matthiasbreuer on Nov 7, 2012 said:

Is it meant to be printed with or without support material?

MAKE on Nov 7, 2012 said:

That's up to you. We used the default settings of each machine when printing, so some used support and some didn't. 

JohnA on Nov 7, 2012 said:

Link to Cliff's Thingiverse page, since he made this object:  http://www.thingiverse.com/cbi...

JohnA on Nov 6, 2012 said:

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. 

UechiMike on Nov 6, 2012 said:

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.

MAKE on Nov 7, 2012 said:

You may have better results with a very low infill rather than hollow, but the arch is extremely tricky. Good luck :)

UechiMike on Nov 6, 2012 said:

Print solid hollow or with some infill?