Ultimaker Printing an Octopus Really Fast.

This is a short video of the printing of an Octopus I’ve been using as a test model. The Ultimaker is printing at 250% of normal speed. I started at 100% for the first layers until a solid base was created and then cranked the speed to 250%. It could go faster, I think.

At that speed, the quality of the print suffers a bit. I believe, is mostly due to slop in my belts. I need to print some belt tensioners which will take up the slack nicely.

The print quality is both better than the out of the box experience and tons faster.

This is the result of a combination of upgrades:

  • Upgraded the Ultimaker’s firmware to the latest beta version. It has all kinds of features that enable both higher quality and higher speed prints.
  • Upgraded to using Pronterface to send the G-Code to the printer. It allows for communication at 250kbaud and doesn’t periodically pause like Replicator-G does if you forget and leave the temperature monitor panel open.
  • Moved to using SkeinForge-48 as the slicer.

All three of these tasks were a downright pain to do. All three have been written up in another post.

For now, enjoy some 3D printer music….




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