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3D Printing Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer

PLA Temperature Test – Fourth Attempt = Continued Failure

This is my fourth attempt at what I considered to be a fantastic little ‘torture test’ for the Artillery Sidewinder X1 printer.

I realised I couldn’t solve this on my own so I sought help from a group on Facebook. Others kindly suggested different print settings and especially on the subject of retraction.

I applied these settings in Cura, sliced the file, modified the .GCode file to apply the temperature settings at the appropriate layers and transferred the file over to the printer.

Everything was looking fine initially and certainly much better than before until disaster happened once again.

I am beginning to wonder whether the machine is not capable of printing this very specific test.

The Facebook group I refer to:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/artilleryswx1/

Link to .GCode file:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pEFeaoiLLR2ISQnEeTc6thi05Nxj9WVG?usp=sharing

Thank you for watching.

Rob @ 3DModUK

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3D Printing Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer

PLA Temperature Test – Third Attempt = Failure

In this third test using the ‘Temperature Tower’ I have adjusted the print settings in Cura which should reduce the stringing.

I looked specifically at the retraction settings so that the print head could retract filament prior to moving between each of the upright towers.

I followed the same pre-printing process as before:

  1. I imported the STL file into Cura, updated the settings and exported the GCode file
  2. I opened the GCode file in Repetier to identify layer heights
  3. I manually modified the GCode file to specific temperatures within the file itself so the 3D printer would adjust the temperatures automatically
  4. I saved the modified GCode file to the memory stick and transferred to the Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D printer for printing

I had high hopes for this particular test expecting it to be a much more successful result, when in fact, it was worse than the previous version.

What did I learn from this test?

I’m not sure. There must be a way of getting this particular model to print and I am sure I can, I just need to find the ideal settings.

Project files available from here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ymMRCnmFyUiiFc6FFjW54-uVuFO-t8sr?usp=sharing

Thank you for watching.

Rob @ 3DModUK

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PLA Temperature Test – Second Attempt = Success (kind of)

In this second test using the ‘Temperature Tower’ I have adjusted my model to improve the simplicity of the test and removed the overhang that was making the model unstable.

There are three separate towers, one square, one round and one star-shaped with a number of cutouts to check the print accuracy at different temperatures.

  1. I exported from Blender as an STL
  2. I imported into Cura, retained the existing settings and exported the GCode file
  3. I opened the GCode file in Repetier to identify layer heights
  4. I manually modified the GCode file to specific temperatures within the file itself so the 3D printer would adjust the temperatures automatically
  5. I saved the modified GCode file to the memory stick and transferred to the Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D printer for printing

The end result is a more structurally sound tower that did successfully remain standing during printing – however – the stringing effect is consistent across all temperatures and is an issue throughout the height of the tower.

  1. What did I learn from this test?
  2. Making the model simpler ensured it could be printed without falling over

The stringing issue must be a consistent problem within the settings of the print profile in Cura – perhaps related to retraction settings?

I will research further and re-test as a third attempt.

Project files available from here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zexLoKbwhI3nrYVmMSjatKiAhNPTMnAE?usp=sharing

Thank you for watching.

Rob @ 3DModUK