Leveling is the bane of my existence. I wish I had auto-leveling.
Here's my first large print on the Ender 5 Plus. Shoulder armor.
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This has had NOTHING done to it. Highest quality setting.
Same piece printed on my Duplicator i3 at it's highest quality. You'll also notice it had to be cut in half to fit the print bed.
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Kicking myself for not getting the Ender 5 plus sooner! Granted two different brands of filament, but I've gotten NOTHING as nice as the print from the Ender on any filament I've used.
I had some issues at first, but they were all related to it being in the garage and too cold an ambient temp. Filament was shrinking too fast and pulling up the edges. Other than that, i just used the settings I was using for my duplicator and moved it indoors. Haven't had a need to tweak anything yet. Printing a helmet right now so we'll see how that goes. Kind of a torture test.Did you have much trouble getting it to print that good straight out of the box? I'm considering an upgrade in printer and I like the price point of the 5+ considering the print volume...
I’ve been storing my open PLA in “Amazon Basics Vacuum Compression Storage Bags”. These come with a hand pump. I toss in two silica packs with each pla spool. I did have one bag that wouldn’t stay air tight, so your mileage my varyI've had an Ender 3 for over a year, though I haven't been using it as much as I wanted. One thing I'll mention is to take care of your filament. I found out recently that PLA will absorb moisture which can lead to bad prints (poor quality and brittleness.
Had my first print that completely went crazy In the night last night.
Part of the (Bladerunner) barrel came off the bed and moved about four or five inches. The filament went everywhere.
I had the bed at 75c (normally I do 60). Print head was 180c. Not sure why it lifted and moved.
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180 degrees Celsius? Are your layers bonded well or do you get a cracking when you put stress on the part? I would go with 200 degrees Celsius. If the temperature isn't high enough the lowest layer will not bond well to the base. Also, subsequent layers will not bond well to each other and not 'trowel' well, which may cause the nozzle to hit the last layer and knock your object off of the base.