I am still tuning the Ultimaker 2 for best possible print quality but meanwhile the Wanhao Duplicator 4S is doing quite well. Better than the Ultimaker 2 (which is close but still not where I want it to be)? Who would have thunk it? I am sure that I will get there on the Ultimaker but for now thought that I would share these images.
This version of the #3DBenchy was done at 150 microns at a high quality generating speed of 30mm/s. It may not be totally perfect but I am willing to call it close enough.
Here is a summary of the things that I have done to get the printer to the point of being able to print the above model.
You may be able to print fine details in ABS without a fan but I am happy to use one as I think it makes things more reliable if nothing else. The trick is to use a highly directed duct such as the one that I am using and is described elsewhere in this blog.
Of course! The first area to focus on is temperature. The lowest possible where you can still print reliably. The second area that I spent a lot of time on was bridging. I did a lot of tests to come up with the amount of filament to extrude without sagging and the speed at which it makes it from end to end without breaking and with adhesion to the ends.
Finally, speed kills (quality). The slower you go the better. I us Simplify3D and I believe the default profile for the Duplicator 4S has speed set to 3600mm/m (or 60mm/s). This is too fast even for draft work in my experience (strings). The above print was done at 1800mm/m (or 24mm/s).
Two notes on the above. First, your results will vary! This is what makes 3D printing so much fun (or frustrating). Printer to printer and filament to filament and sometimes it seems day to day! The other note is in regards to the left extruder. If you are new to a dual extruder setup using Simplify3D see this blog entry.
Here are the profile settings if you don't have Simplify3D and don't want to wade through the FFF files. There are also some notes below as to when I mess with some of these parameters.
Don't usually mess with this page.