Plastic Debacles

The Scholars’ Lab has a Makerbot Replicator with dual extruders, and it’s become a Praxis Program favorite. We’ve printed musical instruments, bracelets, animals, puzzles, and even a topographic map. If you get into 3D printing, chances are pretty high you’re gonna have some failed prints. Things happen in the course of tinkering with models and print settings. Temperature fluctuations, drafts around the printer, the level of the build plate, the speed of the print, all kinds of stuff can affect the outcome. Debugging this stuff is a learning experience itself, and I find myself learning a little more each time a print gets messed up.

So here’s a gallery of our plastic debacles. Lovely, lovely debacles:

3 comments on “Plastic Debacles

  1. Love these photos! I think that wad of ABS might have been from when one of my flute sections tipped over halfway through an attempted print. The extruder just kept spitting plastic but there was nothing there for it to stick to… the horror!

  2. The teacup dragon helped me understand how the different fill densities might work. It was great to examine that a bit more upclose, but its something I hadn’t considered just investigating on its own until I got to see what it looks like in a failed print.

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