I’m a new user here and completely new to 3D printing. I’m hoping I can share my journey here and get some advice from the experts.
Before I got my printer (P1S) I did some research. I had heard about applying glue to the plate or hairspray, but nothing really said when you need to do it. Do I do this every time? Only if I’m encountering some issues? Never? I don’t know. The quick start guide never said anything about using glue or anything else so I never did. For the first set of prints below in green I’m using the Bambu PLA that came with the printer.
I printed my first Benchy from the SD card provided with the printer. I was pretty happy with it, but it had some imperfections. Namely the box on the deck had 2 distinct layers and there was a faint line up the hull (by the hole, not the hull line). The letters on the bottom seemed faint as well, but maybe they’re not. Finally, all of the dimensions were off as they were too small.
I did some reading on here and found the file provided with the printer was most likely hand modified to achieve the speeds they were advertising. I downloaded the file from Benchy’s website and printed that. At first things were looking good and then it went downhill from there. I ended up getting two Benchy’s that broke loose from the plate at the same time:
This was frustrating. I looked through all of the maintenance steps and everything seemed fine. Everything seemed greased and clean. Huh. I’ll clean the plate with alcohol and try again. This seemed to fix the issue and my 4th Benchy (3rd from the downloaded file) printed. Things were going great until the smokestack though:
The one on the left is the Bambu Benchy. The downloaded file is on the right. Notice the extra ring on the smokestack. Any ideas what would cause that? Also, there’s a more defined line starting just above the bottom of the boat and working forward and ending just above the hull line. This is not present in the Bambu Benchy. The box on the deck now looks like a single layer though:
Also the letters on the bottom are more legible:
So maybe I’m just being too picky. The dimensions on the downloaded Benchy were much closer to being accurate. More accurate than the Bambu Benchy. So, we decided to continue printing.
Things went well. I printed this Luigi and I think it turned out pretty good. No major issues here. Some of what you may see are the supports that I later cleaned off a little more:
I also increased the resolution from .2 to .16 for Luigi. Luigi was printed standing up with regular supports, not trees.
The next day my wife wanted a Piranha Plant. We changed to the white Bambu PLA that arrived and this was the first where there were some glaring issues. This was printed laying down on it’s back:
The part on the outside of the cup on the right side was laying down. I was surprised to see this stringy like this, but maybe because it wasn’t actually laying down on the bed. The inside of the cup on the left side is also very similar. Finally, the back of the plant is stringy as well:
This was a weird model to me because it’s like they were two different components printed together. Instead of printing them as separate objects and combining them, the printer printed them together as one. When finished, my wife broke the plant out of the cup. Maybe that tolerance to be able to separate the two contributed to this?
Then we decided to move on to another figurine for my son. This was also printed laying down on it’s back. Notice the foot and how it’s stringy and there’s actually a hole there:
Should I stop printing things on their back? Do I need to increase the temperature? Is there something else I’m doing wrong? Any help is greatly appreciated. As stated before, I’m a complete noob to all of this and not really sure what I’m doing. Thanks in advance!