Apollo Astronaut improvement support

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Apollo Astronaut improvement support by Charlie1982 Jan 26, 2015
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Apollo Astronaut improvement support
Will not fail again!!!!

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I printed this yesterday and it turned out great. Only problem was removing the support from the top of the backpack damaged the print. Is there a suggested way to do this?

Did you find a way?

No. But I only printed the one so I haven't tried anything.

Hey Charlie, I also am having trouble with the feet slicinig in slic3r. I've tried printing it at 50% yet the problem continues to occurs. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Thanks

Hello, the .stl is Damaged!!!

I've tried twice so far with my CTC. The first time the front of the helmet somehow slid down his chest. The second time, right about the time the backpack starts ramping upwards, something came loose and the extruder kept banging against the model. :(

Hi Charlie,

Just curious how you discovered that this orientation was the best to print without needed supports? Thanks!

Hi okayauco
General use meshmixer to make the -Analysis -Orientation can find the best position to print.
At this case, I use this way to confirm the original design and make some little change to reduce the print fail risk.
So the result is much easy to print.
Thank you

what is that white vase in the background

Hi Tubby__

That is my design "KEEPCOOL" , please check it my thing list.
Thank you


Printer reported an error both times I tried to print it. I presume it's because of the broken model? The holes in the feet...

Can someone help me out here? I have a FlashForge Creator Pro and I will say I am new to 3D Printing. I am trying to figure out why it all just keeps turning to goop. If I am doing something wrong please tell me what and how to fix it! Thanks!!

Slic3er doesn't like this even when I scaled it down between 80%-50% as you suggested...still has gaps in the feet.
I also note it said 95,545 errors repaired to make it manifold. Not sure what's up.

I'm not able to slice this, the last 1-2cm are missing, from the legs. I use slic3r and not having issues with other.
Any advice?

I have the same problem. There are some messed up normals at the top of the model and slic3r does not seem to cope with it.

I think maybe the model height over your build volume, make scale down to 90% and try again.
Hope you'll print success :)

There is a part of the 'back pack' that print in the airs so, it fail.

I have a printrbot simple metal, and I'm not sure if it will print very well. can you give me some feedback please.

Hi asomesauce123321
As I check from printbot website (http://printrbot.com/shop/assembled-simple-metal/)
I think it well be fine to use printbot to print this design by PLA or ABS.
However I would like to suggest you start to print with 0.2mm layer height, and slow down the speed than 50mm/s, infill can use 10%~30% should be enough, and the shell thinkness use over 2 loops (0.8mm).
And your Build Volume is 6″ x 6″ x 6″ / 150mm x 150mm x 150mm, so you must make sure the model can fit in, or you need to make scale down to fit in.
Hope you will success print this Apollo Astronaut.
Have a nice print :)

Did anyone use supports or is it ok to print it without supports ?

Hi MABC This thing is design for directly print without additional support. But please attention of the bottom need to stick on the plate very well, that the most important. Hope you will like. Enjoy ;D

I made one of these, very good detail.

Printer settings used:
Quality: Medium
Fill: No Fill (Thick Walls)
Support: No additional support

I was tryinig to post a pic of the glow-in-the-dark astronaut I made but not seeing a way to do that, I'm i missing something here?

"glow-in-the-dark" sound awesome!!
Can't wait to see your great print.
Please Press "I made one" to post the picture.
Thank you ;D

Does it need any other support or just print with what it has?

Hi Golem_trainer
This thing is design for directly print without additional support.
But please attention of the bottom need to stick on the plate very well, that the most important.
Hope you will like.
Enjoy ;D

Thank you Charlie1982 looking forwards to making it

What slicer do you recommend. I am having problems with the boots?

Hi SimplyBS
I use kiss & cura both of them can build the model very well, my nozzle is 0.35mm so usually I set shell width 0.7mm that is 2 loops of outline and 10% of infill, hope your next print will be all right ;)