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I think you if you go to Thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=anet+a8&sa=&dwh=205a44c0017bcda and look at the add on you can print to improve your printer, you will benefit from them. I have added the following:
1, power switch cover https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1798604
2,extender button https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2182276
3,Y belt tensioner https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2149867
4, X belt tensioner https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1683070
5, corner stiffener https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1672959
6, Y frame stiffener https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2058789
7, electronics case https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2375941
8, Bowden extruder https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2146021
9, Bowden holder https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2193695
With the bowden extruder mod i found i could increase the speed of the head movement, owing to the stepper motor not being carried around all the time, from 130/mm/s to 150/mm/s.
I want to next add some LED lights to the head so i can see the print, and thus detect any issues on the first layer.
Hi Thoemse, i am sure you will achieve the same results too, it’s a great way to learn how it all works, by building your own printer.
Thnak Petr, the printer is now available for $119 on Gearbest ! it has been my first, but i think it has taught me a lot about 3D printing, so now i know what to look for in my next one 🙂
Burton, i am not using anything extra, only what comes in the factory file.
i am using Simlify3D , and the factory files that came with the Spitfire, the only seetings i have changed is the Retraction distance from 0.8mm to 4.0mm, & the X/Y Axis Movement Speed from 130 mm/s to 150 mm/s .
I will using these settings for all my files in future, even ones that are not from 3DLabPrint .
All stringing has gone and the speed is increased without any issues, thanks to Burton’s recommendation (Thanks Burton).
So i increase the retract distance to 4mm and increased the speed to 150/mm, and the results are seen in the photos.
Thanks to your help and guidance!!
- This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by Yusuf.
just another question, i am going to try Polymax PLA as i hear it is stronger like ABS but without all the problems of ABS. Have you tried this, and is it a good option? as i feel my flying wont be so good with such a big plane, and fragile assambly.
sorry for the misunderstanding, i have changed the mm/min to mm/sec now and i have default printing of 60/mm/s and X/Y of 130.0 mm/s. So what are you saying i should go up in increments of 6mm until i find a faster setting, without skipping layers/steps?
i will try the retract again, i have seen some users raise this to 3mm, so i guess thats my range. What do you mean by the travel moves speed? is it the Default Printing Speed, or the X/Y Axis movment Speed your refering too?
I have also converted the Anet A8 to a Bowden extruder, so it is no longer has the weight of the stepper, so do you know what speed i could go upto, as your default is 3600/mm/min.
Hi Miguel, the slicer I am using is slicer3D, and the Spitfire came with a factory file for slicer3D that has all the settings for you.
So I just had to increase one value “retraction distance” from 0.8 to 1.4mm, and it worked.
Hope that helps?
Hi Petr, I went up to 1.40 and now there’s no strings, thanks for your help!