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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

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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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3D Printing Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer Blender General

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

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Rob @ 3DModUK

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3D Printing Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer Blender General

PLA Temperature Test – First Attempt = Failure

In my previous ‘Overhang Test’ on the Artillery Sidewinder X1 I noticed the print was ‘stringy’. I tried adding retraction and this didn’t work so I wondered if this was something to do with print temperature and the best way of checking this is to come up with another test.

In this video I create a ‘Temperature Tower’ in blender so I can test different print temperatures at different levels of the tower.

And, in order to test as many things in one go I come up with an elaborate – perhaps too elaborate – triple tower with aspects such as cut-outs and overhangs.

This however was to be my downfall, or should I say the models downfall!

  1. Create the model in blender
  2. Export the model as an STL file
  3. Load the STL file into Cura and export the GCode file
  4. Load the GCode file into Repetier and identify the layers for the appropriate temperature changes
  5. Modify the GCode file and set specific temperatures at the specific levels of the tower print
  6. Copy the GCode file to the printer
  7. Print using ICE Filaments ‘Romantic Red’ filament

What did I learn from this project?

  1. The model was too complicated and I should have just kept it simple.
  2. Supports aren’t only required to ensure that anything overhanging can print, they can be also present to stabilise the model whilst printing while the plastic is still hot and malleable until cooled.

These tests not only help me learn about the Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D printer, but also the software, print settings and the approach to getting the best out of the 3D prints.

Taking this into account, I am sure my next test will be more successful.

If you would like to see original blender model, STL or GCode files you can access them here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1inscgoN-lk4j02i-LrmP3OqYywpXEzWL?usp=sharing

Thank you for watching.

Rob @ 3DModUK

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Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer General

3D Printing Overhang Angle Test with Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer

In this test I wanted to check how much of an angle of overhang I could print successfully on my Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D printer.

I have produced my own model specifically to test the overhang and created it in Blender. The first part of the video shows how I construct the 3D model and how each upright overhangs by an additional ten degrees.

The first upright is 0 deg, the second 10 degrees, the third 20 degrees etc, until we get right to the end in which case the level of overhang is 120 deg, so essentially facing downwards.

I then check the model in Ultimaker Cura before making a few tweaks and then I am ready to ‘slice’ the model. I copy the .gcode file to the memory stick and transfer to the Artillery Sidewinder X1 printer.

I am using ICE Filaments ‘Precious Pink’ filament for this test which is a very vibrant pink colour and the test cube came out well.

Overall, I am very impressed with the result and the level of overhang that the Sidewinder X1 3D printer can print certainly exceeded my expectations. And, whilst not perfect, especially in relation to the ‘stringy’ and slightly untidy result, I think with tweaked temperature and print speed settings the results can be even better. All in all though, it is the overhang I was testing here and that was very successful.

Overhang Model

71.7 x 14.0 x 18.2 mm Size
1 hour 1 minute print time
2 g in weight
0.66 m in filament length used
Super quality 0.12mm
20% infill
200 deg C printing temperature
50 deg C bed temperature
50 mm/s print speed
Enable cooling
Skirt adhesion

I have made the project files available via this URL:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_OnlzAPXf7_GeN6EwJPnN4nXGXadW8w0?usp=sharing 

Which includes the following files:

overhang2.blend
overhang2.stl
ASX1_overhang2.gcode

I make no guarantee that these files will work on your printer. Please check all files and all settings appropriate to your printer and configuration.

 

 

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3D Printing Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer

3D Printing ICE Filaments Gentle Grey PLA filament

I already have light grey and black filament so I wanted something in between, something like a mid to dark grey.

I’ve been impressed with ICE Filaments colours so far and opted for the ICE Filaments ‘Gentle Grey’ PLA filament. I am very impressed with the colour and I am impressed with the print quality too.

I can’t wait to print more models with this particular filament.

ICE Filament PLA
Gentle Grey
750g spool
1.75mm
195 deg C to 215 deg C

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Rob @ 3DModUK

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3D Printing Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer

Sunlu Silver Silk PLA and Artillery Test Cube

I wanted some silver PLA to add to my collection and I was very impressed with the example pictures of this particular Sunlu Silver Silk filament.

As a way of testing the output and checking for consistency I print the Artillery test cube to how it will come out in relation to other brand and colours of filament.

I am really impressed with the result and can’t wait to start printing silvery silky models using this PLA filament.

Sunlu PLA Filament
Silver Silk
1.75 mm
1kg spool
Temperature 200 deg C to 230 deg C

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Rob @ 3DModUK

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Artillery Test Cube in Verbatim Transparent PLA Filament

I’ve just added the Verbatim Transparent PLA filament to my collection and as with each new filament I buy, I am printing an Artillery test cube as a test using the exact same model on the exact same Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D printer so I can assess how it will print with the same settings in relation to other test cubes using different makes and colours of PLA.

The test cube came out well although it had a slightly yellow tint to it compared with the previous transparent TPU I tried.

Overall, its still a great result and emphasises how consistent and accurate the Artillery Sidewinder X1 printer is with any brand of filament.

Verbatim Filament PLA
Transparent
1kg spool
1.75mm
Extruder temperature 210 deg C +/- 10 deg C
Bed temperature 60 deg C

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Rob @ 3DModUK

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Artillery Test Cube in Multicomp Pro ‘Flesh’ Colour

I am increasing my collection of 3D printing filament and with each reel I buy I am printing a test cube. This allows me to test for printing consistency with the same model on the same printer, and also enables me to see how the filament comes out when printing a a 3D object.

In this video I print the Artillery test cube using Multicomp Pro’s flesh, skin, nude or natural colour PLA.

I love the end result so much that I already have a particular future 3D print in mind.

Multicomp Pro PLA
Natural, Skin, Flesh, Nude
1kg spool
1.75mm
205 deg C to 225 deg C

Thank you for watching.

Rob @ 3DModUK