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3D Printing Failures Shared with the World

| 3D Printers, MakerBot | August 19, 2013

3D Printing Failures

3D printers don't always produce perfect results

3D printing promises a lot, but often doesn’t deliver. Enthusiast Richard Horne is celebrating 3D printing failures on a Flikr gallery.

There’s nothing worse than starting a print, leaving it overnight, only for you to return to it in the morning to find a plastic filament spaghetti mess where your beautiful model should be. The print failed a few hours in but your 3D printer kept going, oblivious to the carnage being created on the print bed.

Richard shows Tony Buser’s attempt at a model of the Statue of Liberty that failed a few hours in on his MakerBot 3D printer.

“I’ve had a lot more failures than successes… it’s not as easy as it seems. You can learn quite a lot from failure,” said Mr Horne.

3D Printed Figurine Fail

Objects with delicate structures, like these figurines, have a high risk of failing

Richard calls these fails, “Plastic Pasta”, and we’re sure that everyone that has used a 3D printer knows what he means.

A print can fail for all sorts of reasons, such as the print head colliding with a printed structure, which is what happened to the female warrior statue in the above photo.

“People don’t realise how long it can take to print – it’s very depressing when you get a failure seven hours in,” said Mr Horne.

The melted plastic filament can also get caught on the print head and wrap around it causing the printed object to be ruined, which befell the complicated cell bowl object in the photo below.

3D Printed Bowl Fail

This complicated cell bowl failed after 3 hours of printing

We’d love to hear about your own 3D printing fails, so don’t be embarrassed and ashamed, please post them on our Facebook wall.

Source: BBC

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