Anyone who works with 3D printing – other than on the very high end – has likely pondered what to do with prints that don’t make it.
Early on, I asked it a lot. Between hardware, software and filament problems, I had a lot of fails.
Often a fail is unsalvageable. I mean, really, what can anyone do with a rat’s nest of filament?! (Maybe find a homeless rat?)
My hope is that the Protocycler will finally be completed. I invested in this Indiegogo-fueled project that grinds up old filament so it can be reconstituted to fresh filament, but at this point it seems like it’s still a pipe dream. (And I’m now really reluctant to invest in any crowdsourced project without a lot of scrutiny!)
But some failed projects got far enough that a little imagination might lead to something worthwhile. Take for instance, the print that failed after more than two days of printing (right) because of a power outage ….
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My printers have been running well recently, for which I’m grateful. In fact, I had a really big print running on my Cerberus 3D Gigante (my 8-foot-tall 3D printer) recently.
I was more than two days in to what was going to be a beautiful new sculpture, and the piece looked flawless – well, except for the single, straight seam that wasn’t supposed to show, but that didn’t bother me because the rest of the 3D print looked magnificent without any boogers, weird seams or other unplanned aberrations.
Yes, all was well in the land of 3D printing here at Kevin Caron Studios. THIS is how 3D printing should be! I had been able to just monitor the print, changing out filament once, and all was going swimmingly.
And then unexpected disaster struck ….
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