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Now that I finally got my Olsson Block installed, I thought I should actually start keeping a log of all my prints, settings used for materials, etc. I was curious what sort of data you are logging.

Here's a quick overview of what I started logging this week, not sure if it's OCD enough, but I think it'll help me reproduce prints in the future.

Material Tab

 

  • Material: Brand - Filament Name
  • Print Temp
  • Bed Temp
  • Layer Height
  • Shell Thickness
  • Fan Speed
  • Flow Rate
  • Print Speed
  • Travel Speed
  • Infill Speed
  • Printer Profile: The profile I selected on the printer (PLA, ABS, Custom1, etc)
  • Notes: Random notes I may have for said material, nozzle used, etc.

 

Print Log

 

  • Date
  • Model: Name of the model I'm printing
  • Material: Brand - Filament Name
  • Settings: Any settings I tweaked just for this model
  • File: Name of the GCode file
  • Notes: Random notes, how long it took (based on cura), etc

 

Google Spreadsheet:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c1Ys8i1aXXcb0GVBTfrbP8jMG-lQW83lahbFYQyP6oU/edit?usp=sharing

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I figure since most of my prints take hours anyways, I might as well spend a few minutes writing down what I did for that print ;)

Yup, I went with Google Spreadsheets for this, here's a screen cap of the Materials page that I have all my filaments listed on. I of course don't have any real data yet as I just started to do this, and I cleared the single line of filament settings I used on my original block, as I only care about my current Olsson Block setup.

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You will also notice that I made a little section at the top for the Quick Print profiles in Cura. This way I can just make a note that I used Normal (N) and here is the extra tweaks I made to those settings (if any). Still need to go through and get all the other Quick Print settings, but gotta start somewhere.

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Nice template for info logging thanks for sharing.

My currently process for general printing is just log info that will help me track machine and filament use (incase I decide to sell items this helps me price them, and keep maintenace records for the machine):

 

  • Print job name
  • Number objects in print run (for mulitple item print jobs)
  • Filament color
  • Meters fo filament used (according to CURA)
  • Gram of filament used (according to CURA)
  • Time of job (according to CURA)
  • Misc notes.

 

I figure I can get specific printer settings from the gcode files if I need to go back to that job later.

I use a google sheet with a form page to log the info into my sheet.

If I am in the midst of trouble shooting I would keep track of specific settings on paper and number the calibaration prints.

I like this google form method since i can bookmark it on my computer and phone and enter the info from either one. I have a sperate page for each printer.

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I use a google sheet with a form page to log the info into my sheet.

 

That's a great idea, I need to set that up for the spreadsheet I use as well. Since most of the stuff I make, I don't sell, I figured this was a good place to start with logging.

But I did make another spreadsheet where I added a bunch of details for some items I just created that I was thinking of selling. This is info overload, just because I was running the numbers, based on time, how much I wanna charge, material cost, etc.

 

  • SKU

  • Product Name

  • Parts - List of STL parts to make this item. Since my first project uses shared parts between them (threaded pieces) and are glued up as needed.

  • Weight (50%) - Grams from Cura, 50% Infill

  • Weight (100%)

  • Time (50%) - Time from Cura, 50% Infill

  • Time (100%)

  • PLA Cost (50%) - Cost of PLA based on current market price, 50% Infill

  • PLA Cost (100%)

  • XT Cost (50%) - Cost of XT based on current market price, 50% Infill

  • XT Cost (100%)

  • Standard Bundle - Since some items will be sold in bundles of 2, 4, etc

  • Bundled PLA Cost (50%) - Same as above, but based on Bundle Size.

  • Bundled PLA Cost (100%)

  • Bundled XT Cost (50%)

  • Bundled XT Cost (100%)

  • MSRP

  • Gross Profit - What I would make off of the item, minus material cost.

  • Gross Per Minute - Just to see how much money I make based on printing time

 

I also highlighted the configuration I would sell an item in. Such as 100% Infill with XT for a wall mount, but only 50% Infill PLA for something lighter duty. These recommended configurations are what I based that Gross and Gross Per Minute on.

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I did a lot of hand notes the first months and lately. But for now the best way to manage prints for me it's by saving the profile and objects with s3d. I write the print profile with the kind of material/cost/etc all in a file. I have general profiles, specific files profiles and general material profiles. For me this works great since each job needs tunning to get the best posible quality at maximum speed.

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