This is my first time printing 3D of any kind.
I'm not 100% sure what happened. The quality of some of these first printouts has ranged between 'not great' and 'unrecognizabe glop'.
I'm testing with a Wiiboox Sweetin.
So far the quality of the printed items, using the demo designs and the company-included sample dark an white chocolate is a little underwhelming: The details are crude (rough edges / lack of detail) and the speed is slow (about 20 minutes to print something the size of your thumb).
Also tried to print a word created Blender (MacOS), exported to STL, imported to Ultimaker Cura where it was sized and positioned, sliced and exported to a
.gcode file. That printout seemed to be a mold of the object as opposed to the object itself.
Attached are two images, the 1st shows what was intended to print. The 2nd shows what actually printed.
If you can see past the globs and blobs, and look closely, you might be able to make out why it looks to me like a mold instead of the intended item.
Side note I noticed that when the printer stopped printing (to move w/o printing), the extruder screw pulled back 10 - 20 mm, which seems excessive.
So some first timer questions:
What 3D printing controls might affect rough edges?
What 3D printing controls would have an impact on a speed of completion. I know there's arm speed, but perhaps detail, maybe something else?
Is there some control -- something along the lines of 'invert' -- that would explain why I seemed to have gotten a cast instead of the printed object?
Is there a setting that controls how far back the extruder arm retracts when it moves?
Is it necessary to install a printer to compatible with Wiibox Sweetin in Cura? Wiiboox isn't an option, but perhaps there's something compatible. The printer comes with a
CuraWindows.exeapp (I'm on MacOS using Ultimaker Cura v4.8.0); there are two .ini files that come with that:
Thanks for any and all advice.