Right before we left for spring break, we began to push our MakerGear M2 3D printers a bit harder with some bigger, more complex prints. First we tried this guitar hanger from Thingiverse. It was scaled down to half its intended size, and it still took almost two hours to print.
As you’ll see in the video below, the hanger was printed from the baseplate upward. Printing in this orientation meant that no support material had to be printed to keep overhanging parts from sagging before the plastic cooled. This saved time and reduced complexity, but, as we’ll show in a later post, printing this way makes it structurally weaker.
Next, we printed a Thingiverse model of the Eiffel Tower. This print took about an hour and forty-three minutes, and came out quite well considering we basically used the default settings in our slicer software.
During our break, John started an overnight print of the guitar hanger at full size in the proper orientation for maximum strength. Here’s a photo of the print still on the print bed along with the smaller hanger and the Eiffel Tower.
After we show off the full-size hanger for a couple weeks, we’ll give it to our upper music teacher, Ian, to hang one of our guitars or ukuleles on the wall in the music room.
Now here’s the video of the hanger and tower prints. We mounted one of our iPads on a tripod and used iStopMotion to capture a frame every five seconds so that each print was compressed into about forty seconds. Enjoy!