The steps in this instructable will review
1) how to use KiSSlicer to duplicate the model
2) the print and quality concerns
3) the test print
4) time to print comparison
I made it at Techshop http://techshop.ws with a Type A Machines Series 1 3D Printer
Submitted by SFlettering for the Instructables Sponsorship Program
Step 1: KiSSlicer for Model Duplication
1) scale by x
2) print multiple copies of the exact same model with same print settings
The image shown here is the model loaded into pronterface and is showing how once duplicated the print path will automatically be chosen with efficiency in mind.
TIP: This particular print completed with many PLA strands between the rings.
Step 2: Starting the Print
TIP: Cancel and restart all prints that do not have a great first layer.
Note: In this particular print the first layer had some unexpected overlap between rings. This was not the case in similar production testing prints.
Step 3: Green Progress Bar Showing Percentage Complete
TIP:Sometimes the actual percentage complete does not show on the bottom of the screen and the reason might be because the name of the file is too large and writes over the percentage complete message. (Testing is still required to determine if true).
Step 4: Mini Production Run
1) are all rings printing with the same quality and appearance
2) what is the increase in time from 1 ring to 3 rings
3) are there PLA strands between the duplicate items
TIP: To get the best results for a production run (even a mini one of only 3 items) use a checklist written down at your workspace for tracking as though you are writing a chemistry lab in science class and keeping lab notes. Another option is to take notes, take pictures, and write an instructable to share what your learned with other makers.
Step 5: Final Product Comparison: 6 Rings Over 4 Unique 3D Prints
The first 3 prints from sheet A are to test which font and size are best in terms of fit and appearance of the lettering and ring smoothness. The 3 rings on the sheet labeled B are the 3 rings that were printed at the same time in a mini production run.
Image 2: shows the mini production run with 3 rings on the print surface all printed at once.
Step 6: Total Time Requirement: 1 Ring in <7 Minutes and 3 Rings in < 13 Minutes
After printing 3 at once check my instructable on printing 6 at once to see if the time savings scales or not.
TIP: When doing a production run it is a good idea to track your total PLA used for future cost accounting and optimization purposes which is shown after the completed print.