MakerBot Replicator 2 - PLA blue frogs - Layer thickness comparison plate

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MakerBot Replicator 2 - PLA blue frogs - Layer thickness comparison plate by CreativeTools Apr 3, 2013


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This is a simple vector graphics file that you can lasercut. It was designed to hold four of MorenaP's cute treefrog model, one in each layer height as you can choose in MakerWare and also a 50 micron version.

  • 0.34 mm/layer - Low (340 microns)
  • 0.27 mm/layer - Medium (270 microns)
  • 0.1 mm/layer - High (100 microns)
  • 0.05 mm/layer - Super fine (50 microns)

These models where 3D printed with blue 1.75 mm PLA plastic filament on a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.

The sample 3D model for this print is MorenaP's popular tree frog:

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  • Laser cut the plate
  • 3D-print the frogs
  • Glue them on the plate
  • Touch them... but don't lick them. Frogs ar dangerous to lick or kiss!

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I've also found that printing at lower layer height can substantially decrease the filament expenditure, especially with huge models. I'm not sure why this is, but it seems the only downside to tiny layers is that it takes forever to print with them.

How did you arrive at 0.27 and 0.34 mm layer heights?

At the time this test and video was made (Apr 3, 2013) the MakerWare software had these layer heights as default values.

Great looking frog! What filament was used? Also, infill %, shells?

Thanks! :)

We 3D-printed the frogs with PLA plastic filament and used standard settings for shells (2) and infill (10%). The key factor for successful PLA 3D-prints is to have an effective cooling fan aiming at the 3D-printed part while it prints.

This is great.
waiting for our Fith Gen and X2 to arrive and was starting to worry about how fine we could take them!
nice work! J

How Long did ist Take to Print the frog in 0.05mm layer

Depending on what speed is used in can vary. We 3D printed a whole colony of frogs at 50 microns layer height. A single frog took 1 hour and 48 minutes. Placing several frogs on the build platform and printing them in one go reduces the time per frog.

so you won't share your Tree Frog as an STL file?

We don't share the STL file because we did not make it. We merely borrowed MorenaP's 3D model and used it for printing different resolutions since is it such a great model. The only thing we made was to produce the 3D prints and a 2D file for those who want to laser cut a plate for the frogs. (which we have shared)

If you want to have the model of the frog please download MorenaP's original model as described in our description text for this thing.

"The sample 3D model for this print is MorenaP's popular tree frog:http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:18479http://www.thingiverse.com/thi..."

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Is it possible to upload a STL file of this too? Seems like something that could be printed well too. :)

We only uploaded the plate because we used the unmodified original STL file from: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:18479http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

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Beautiful way to display some beautiful prints! MBI should crank them out by the dozen and send them out to prospective customers to demonstrate the printer's resolution. It's a hard enough print (with the near-level surfaces, etc.) that you can really see the impact of the resolution settings!

Thanks! It is nice to hear that it is appreciated. The comparison plate was done simply to put different resolutions side-by-side and also because people love to look at stuff with their fingers ;)

I'll give that a try! Thanks!

Is there a profile for the superfine setting? I'd like to be able to do that...

There is no special profile. The only thing we did was to choose MakerWare's standard high setting. This sets a layer height of 0.1 mm. Just change that value to 0.05 mm and print it. :)