With this third print, I downloaded a freeware sample file of the mascot of MAKE Magazine, “Makey”. The first attempt was going to be a faithful duplication of the robot in three dimensions, with his arms down. This print took about 28 minutes and used about 1.366 meters of ABS filament.
Unfortunately, all 3D prints make an object from the ground level up, so I had to add supports to act as a scaffolding while the arms and shoulders were printing in midair. The supports were laid on too thick, and I snapped an arm off trying to clip them. Oh, well, try again…
The second attempt has Makey raising his stubby (though still frangible) arms in triumph, as he is printed with no supports to hold him down, er, up! This version of the print took 36 minutes and 1.374 meters of filament. Gauging the print as an example of the details that the Da Vinci 1.0 can produce, I’d say it’s about what I’d expect from an inexpensive printer that can use ABS. Not the best on the market, but good enough for my intended purposes.
For those who seek to make their own Makey and test their own 3D printer’s capabilities, he can be downloaded in all versions at www.thingiverse.com/thing:40212.
Up next, I will attempt to create, compile, and print my own file, from a rendered drawing made on Autodesk software. If that can be resolved successfully, I may be ready to take commissions!