Those little tangs suck. They have such a small contact patch to the build surface they could break away and scrap the print. I decided to go with small support blockers configured to "print as normal part" so they would have a greater chance to actually last through the print.
Second, at 260° I think you are way too hot. I typically print PETG at 230. I haven't seen any problems with layer adhesion and it isn't as soupy at the lower temp. I think that should be your first consideration.
Constantly changing speeds causes fluctuations in the pressure within the nozzle. It makes it hard to tune a print. Enabling Coasting and Retract at Layer Change causes the same problem. All taken together, it makes this print more difficult than it should be.
Here is my little plan for the tangs. They have a much better chance of surviving and they aren't hard to slice off with a hobby knife.
There is a lot of support interface going down and then there is very small part features being printed on top of it. I would use Search and Replace or manually add a lot of cooling for layer 24 and 25 and then shut it off again at layer 27. I have noted that when the interface is cool then the print doesn't stick as well. Thinking about that I went so far as to add a pause before layer 26 and I gave it 15 seconds to cool.
Even with the crappy filament I used this print looks good. Unfortunately, the part has such fine features that there is no way to separate it from the support without destroying the part itself.
What you have here is a part that needs a dual extruder printer so you can put down break-away or (even better) water soluble support.
@GregValiant Hi Greg. Those are good points. I haven't had luck with lower temps that's why I tried 260, but you do bring up valid points. Ill pop one on with those changes over the weekend and see what happens. Thanks for the help!
@GregValiant Hi Greg. Do you know of any way to target cooling for specific layers in Cura like you were saying? Doesn't seem to be a way to do that.
Funny you should ask. I've started scribbling some post processors.
Unzip the attached folder and put "AddCoolingProfile.py" in the ".C:\...\UltiMaker Cura 5.3.1\share\cura\plugins\PostProcessingPlugin\scripts" folder. It will be available like any other post processor under: "Extensions/Post Processsing/Modify Gcode "and then "add a script".
You can set cooling "By Layer" or "By Feature". If I do say so myself (and I do) it's the Ritz.
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@GregValiant thanks for the script! So I printed with those changes you said. And the layers are still not sticking. I also printed at 230 temp. With 20mm/s general speed, with those adjusted retraction settings and coasting off. Did I miss something? Here's my cooling settings:
Here's the print:
The bottom on support side look pretty good. But another problem that I can't seem to fix is this weird stringing and dislodging of the side walls in the inner corners... Have no idea why it's doing that. I've adjusted the travel speeds slower in past but it didn't seem to work. I'm now thinking maybe it still has something to do with the support interface layers being to cool?
I don't think "too cool" is coming into it. The print I did came out very well. My problem with it is that I can't divorce the support from the model. The cross sections of the model are so thin that trying to muscle the support off is wrecking the print. Those little spring tabs fail really easily. There is a lot more support than there is model and the support is more robust.
The extrusions that are cutting across the radius instead of staying in place concern me. They should be following the radius. I've seen that when printing "outside walls first" but it shouldn't happen with the single wall support structure. Part of that could be a printer issue. What do you have for a hot end on the printer? (Is it the stock unit or did you swap it out for something different).
Have you tried printing that piece in PLA? I understand that PETG is your material of choice but PLA is easier to deal with and a PLA test print might give you a better handle on how to approach this with the PETG. There is no doubt that you have a tough piece to print. A PLA test print will also give you an idea of what I'm talking about in regards to the support removal. I've got all kinds to tools for that and I still scrapped the print.
You could try switching the Cooling Profile over to "By Feature" and just running the fan on the Support-Interface and off on everything else.
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I didn't have too much problem removing the supports and was able to remove them without damaging the tang clips. The Hotend is stock to Snapmaker 2.0. I actually did print PLA I totally forgot. I did an old part. Much cleaner but it did have the same problem with the layers above the support shifting in.. so it may be something else and not my settings. I've updated my cura also so dont think thats the problem. I suppose I can try that...
I don't know anything about your printer, but I was starting to lean towards maybe a mechanical problem. It certainly doesn't seem to like printing PETG very much.
Yeah. I've also just updated the firmware. And I reprinted the part and it kind of printed worse. I'm just going to contact Snapmaker. Thanks for all the help though. You are a wizard 🤘
Load the model into Cura. Set Cura up with your normal settings for PETG (the ones you've been hoping would work). Then use the "File | Save Project" command. Post the resulting 3mf file here. It will have your printer, Cura settings, and the model in it.
I have some left over PETG here and I don't mind using it up on a test print.
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