I am participating in the art community that I have join. I was asked to help make a 3D logo for one of the other artists in the studio complex to use in a sand sculpture project he is participating in. The object I am making is a House of RAD logo plate that he will be able to press into the sand. The plate is going to be Ø254×10 mm. It is being printed in a bright green PLA+ material. The print itself will take about 26 hours to print with a standard layer height and a 5% infill.
I am excited for this project.
I am going to have to regularly check in on this print though to make sure it is coming out right. The last time I did a piece of size I had some curling on the corners. I think it was due to the bed not being hot enough. I think I have fixed that issue. But better safe than sorry.
I am not sure I like the bed that came with my printer. You can clearly see a grid pattern on it. I am also not sure it is as flat as it should be. It makes leveling it rather challenging. It is one of the reasons I do a brim on all my prints, so that I know that it is somewhat level and can make adjustments before it gets to the actual printed part. You can clearly see the this is not that level towards the front of the print. I am hoping that that does not effect the print as it progresses.
We will see what happens in about 4-5 hours when I come back to check on it.
So the test print turned out really well. I did make some tweaks to the final product to get it closer to 11 inches instead of 10. I increased the infill from 5% to 7.5% and that helped. I also changed the walls from 5 to 3. It made it so that a print that could have taken 27+ hours too 24 hours and 46 minutes. That little bit of time can mean a lot. It also means that there was not as much material usage. That ultimately saves money on filament. I then mirrored the image and started the print.
I am super pleased with how this project has turned out. I am printing the handle now so that there is something to grab onto when it is pressed into the sand and you don’t have to dig your fingers into the edges and alter the image while doing it.