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Supported Dragon

by BartW, published

Supported Dragon by BartW Jan 12, 2013

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I love the dragon, but had a lot of trouble printing it either without support or with full support. So I pulled it into Sketchup and fiddled with pillar supports until it came out without screwing up. YMMV.

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Are you sure your Y-motor cable doesn't have a short? It's a problem all Replicator 2's are having, and Makerbot is offering free replacement cables.
Weird. The one shown is the one I printed using my Rep2 and Makerware. I ended up making 3 of various sizes without the effect you mention. But that was a while ago, Makerware has changed plenty since then. I will try it again and see if I get the same issue.
I tried printing this on Makerbot Replicator 2 using Makerware as the slicer. It went awry about halfway through the wings, printing all subsequent layers about 20 mm over to the right of where they should be. I wonder if there are glitches in the model that causes problems for Makerware?

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Print the dragon with no support or raft. Once printed, the pillars should clip out easily.
Weird. The one shown is the one I printed using my Rep2 and Makerware. I ended up making 3 of various sizes without the effect you mention. But that was a while ago, Makerware has changed plenty since then. I will try it again and see if I get the same issue.
I tried printing this on Makerbot Replicator 2 using Makerware as the slicer. It went awry about halfway through the wings, printing all subsequent layers about 20 mm over to the right of where they should be. I wonder if there are glitches in the model that causes problems for Makerware?
Are you sure your Y-motor cable doesn't have a short? It's a problem all Replicator 2's are having, and Makerbot is offering free replacement cables.
Can someone post a version of the stl that is useable with Slic3r and Pronterface. I'm using Slic3r v0.9.9-dev and Pronterface (Printrun-Win-Slic3r-12July2013). When I load the gcode from Slic3r into Printrun, it gives an message asking me to check the g-code for errors. I tried printing the result anyway and had the same problem as Belatu - the g-code image isn't the same as the original image and it prints horribly. I also tried repairing the repaired file with Netfab basic and cloud, but that wasn't successful either. Any help is appreciated. Thanks for sharing a wonderful dragon.
I sliced with slic3r and started printing this this morning and left for the office, and came home to find it printing what i can only describe as a mold. no idea why, but I'll try again tonight.
nice, way to go! I'm glad you were able to print off the dragon. It took me a few tries before I was able to print off that dragon.
Going to be a happy son tomorrow :) He loves dragons. Thanks
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