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Another Uglymonkey Pro going to Silverback Cape Town.
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Uglymonkey V3 almost ready for final production. #3dprinting #capetown
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Printed the Colt 1911 from thingiverse.com
Printed on a Uglymonkey 3D printer V2.8
100Micron Layer Height
205 Degrees Celsius
75mm/s

Took 8 hours 37min to print.

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Ok so everyone wants to know what slicing program is better. The open source, or the paid programs. Well that all depends on how much effort you want to put in. Are you just a hobbyist that just want insert an STL file and enjoy or are you someone that likes experimenting to get the best setting for your machine. That’s all up to you.
I ran a very basic Test. Nothing scientific, but just a test to see the difference. Here are the results.
All Parts are printed on the Same Machine Same day and same filament.
3D printer : Uglymonkey V2.9 www.uglymonkey.co.za
Filament: PLA, ABS filament 1.75mm Black (Filament Factory South African Brand)
Temperature: 215 Degrees Celsius PLA, 245 ABS (Yes this is a bit high for both but I want an average result not a perfect calibrated result)
Bed Temp: 70 Degrees Celsius PLA, 85 ABS
Print Speed: 75mm/s with 3D printer acceleration set to 3500 mm/m
Nozzle: 0.5mm
Layer Height: 140Microns (0.14mm)
Infill: 20%
Cooling: 100% Fan from layer 10 for PLA and ABS 60% Fan from layer 10

I used the following programs and STL file was the Ultimaker Robot. Most of it is standard setting on all programs. I then did another test on my custom settings on KISSlicer. Everything remained the same except for outer perimeter speeds. Bed and hotend was preheated to mentioned temperatures, so no waiting on the heating. These are actual printing times.



What I found. To put it simple. S3D out the box works great on all settings. It also comes with a price of $149 dollars US. That was the price on day of this test. But printing is really slow as S3D internal formula slows down all printing to a crawl. Nothing wrong with this. That is why the print result is so good. They have quit an intelligent formula running in the background. In simple terms, if the software senses it’s a small part it will automatically slow down the printing speed to allow for sufficient cooling. This gives desirable results but your printer never really reaches 75mm/s. Well not in any of the Slicer programs. Due to acceleration and slowdown in the firmware of your 3D printer, the printer never reached that speed on these prints. Only on large prints will the 3D printer reach the true 75mm/s speeds. But I am using these setting to give you an all-round result.

The rest of the Programs are all open source programs. Most basic settings don’t work perfect but with a little calibration and changing setting to soot your needs and speeds, you can get exactly the same result. That is the lesson to be learned here. Not all machines print exactly the same so a bit of common sense, trial and error is required from the user. This is very important to get your machine to work perfect in your eyes. If you look at the Table in the top you will see by just adjusting your external perimeters on your open source software you can get exactly the same results and maybe even better.
If you look at the KISSlicer custom settings print compared to the S3D print they are very similar yet the KISSlicer still prints a bit faster. So playing around with more setting will get you even better results.

Too many people just want to go the easy route and just get something for free and expect it to work perfect. It just does not always work that way. Put in a little effort and learn how your machine functions and play around with the setting. The most important part is, if your 3D printer manufacturer gives you a program with your 3D printer, use those programs and settings first. Most likely they already did various test and recommend settings for you on the program. Then once you are comfortable with those setting play around and see if you can get better results with other slicing programs and setting.

I am not affiliated to any of these programs and all opinions and comments on this article is my personal opinions. If you don’t like it just keep your rude comments to yourself please. If you want to add to this study please feel free to comment and add some images of your experience on this subject.

Thank you for reading and leave a comment.
From your Uglymonkey 3D printer Team
www.uglymonkey.co.za
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