My Ender 3 has been on and running for the past 48-72 hours since I assembled it. I’m having mixed results. Please see below.
The LCD back panel cover printed nice enough in standard quality. The front cover with the “dragon” logo got all janked up toward the end. I cut off most of the strings, but you can see that the logo is terrible and the last corner was turned up and stringy.
I have noticed that it matters how you orient the model before you slice it. I printed some 1/64 wheels with flat spots because I printed them on end. I was printing cable clips for the printer itself and when it wen to print the top part...it just started dragging filament into thin air. I then tried again with the clips laid on their side and they printed fine although they did sag on the side that makes contact with the bed. Should I be printing with a skirt, brim, or, raft for certain things? Do you thing it was printer config or orientation that caused the issues with the front cover?
Secondly, was showing it to my mom and dad who’s minds were absolutely blown. My dad said “I can’t believe how inexpensive that thing was for what it does! I’ll give you less than two months before you have a state of the art unit down here.... I kind of brushed him off saying I was going to hop up the one I’ve got first.
I told my colleague (the guy who started the face shield initiative for Temple Hospital) that I was really into it and was considering getting another Ender because prints take a long time and there is so much I want to do. He said to get a Makerbot if I think I’m going to be that into it. I looked and they aren’t cheap, but they’re 30% off!
I also bought a ton of hop ups for the Ender 3 yesterday. Glass Bed, metal extruder, nicer bowden tubing, better leveling springs and couplers, and the upgraded mainboard.
So 3d print pros do ya like this here MakerBot?
Also pics of more successful prints.