Nov 1, 2018

3D Printer Test Print – 10 Best Models to Torture Your 3D Printer

Calibrating your printer and slicer settings can be a pain. Here are 10 great models to liven the process. Each of these fun models will put your printer to the test, helping you find the perfect settings.

3D Printer Test Print #1. 3D Benchy

Source: CreativeTools / Thingiverse

What is it? 3D Benchy is the flagship of all 3D printer torture tests. This model tests everything from overhangs to extrusion. If you want to put your printer to the test, Benchy will help you pinpoint the settings to tweak for perfect prints. 

Who created it? CreativeTools

Who printed it? Nearly 3,000 Thingiverse users have posted makes of this model. Benchy has been printed with hundreds of machines and materials.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #2. All-In-One 3D Printer Test

Source: juan438 / Thingiverse

What is it? The All-In-One 3D Printer Test is exactly what it says it is! Overhangs, bridges, stringing, extrusion, temperature, belt tension — this model tests them all. If you want to test your printer on multiple layers (pun intended), be sure to try this torture test! After printing, you can find a fix by reading the included troubleshooting guide.

Who created it? majda107

Who printed it? About 75 Thingiverse users have posted makes of the model. On various printers and in various materials.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #3. XYZ 20-mm Calibration Cube

Source: iDig 3Dprinting / Thingiverse

What is it? This calibration cube is a simple, fast, and easy model to put your printer to the test. Its primary goal is to help you dial in your printer’s dimensional accuracy by tweaking its steps per mm. But you can also test temperature, extrusion, and vibration.

Who created it? iDig 3Dprinting

Who printed it? This model has nearly 700 makes on Thingiverse. It has been printed with countless machines and materials.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #4. Cali Cat – The Calibration Cat

Source: Dezign / Thingiverse

What is it? Cali Cat is a simple and adorable model that tests your printer’s accuracy, overhangs, detail, bridging, extrusion, and vibration in under an hour! Designed for initial calibration, this cat will get your printer calibrated in no time.

Who created it? Dezign

Who printed it? Over 250 Thingiverse users have posted makes of this model. It’s been printed on many different machines with various materials.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #5. MatterHackers' Mascot Phil A. Ment

Phil and his buddies. Source: MatterHackers / Thingiverse

What is it? Phil A. Ment is MatterHackers’ adorable mascot, designed to help makers calibrate their printer’s to the T. According to the company’s description, “Phil has several features specifically to put your printer through its paces. These features include small inset details, small embossed details, overhangs, vertical and horizontal cylinders, fillets, chamfers, bridging, and even his perfectly domed helmet.”

Who created it? MatterHackers

Who printed it? 84 makes have been posted on Thingiverse. Phil A. Ment has been printed on various machines and materials. Its record sizes are 5 and 1397 mm tall!

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #6. Smart Compact Temperature Calibration Tower

Source: geekst / Thingiverse

What is it? As the name implies, this model is a smart, compact, temperature calibration tower. It tests overhangs, bridges, stringing, and even your printer’s capabilities to printer curvy shapes. This tower is a great way to quickly calibrate your printer’s temperature.

Who created it? gaaZolee

Who printed it? 33 Thingiverse users have posted makes of this model, which they used to calibrate their various machines for different materials. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #7. Open-Source Printer Evaluation

What is it? This open-source model, coming from Kickstarter and Autodesk, is meant to provide makers with a standard test to assess 3D printer performance. Many makers like to showcase their machines by having it 3D print a model. But when one person prints a 3D Benchy and another prints a vase, it’s hard to know how the two 3D printers compare. This single STL file employs a variety of features, like bridges, overhangs, and fine detailing, in order to test for accuracy, resolution, and alignment.

Who created it? Kickstart in collaboration with Autodesk

Where to find it? Github

3D Printer Test Print #8. PolyPearl Tower

Source: Polymaker_3D / Thingiverse

What is it? The PolyPearl Tower is a great way to test bridging, curves, overhangs, stringing, and much more. Described as a torture tower with a twist, this model is sure to help you calibrate the settings for your printer or filament.

Who created it? Polymaker_3D

Who printed it? Thingiverse users have calibrated various machines and filaments with this torture tower.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #9. Ultrafast and Economical Stringing Test

Source: s3sebastian / Thingiverse

What is it? This model is a super fast way to test your printer’s temperature, cooling, and retraction. Weighing about 0.23 g, this model will get your strings detached in no time at all!

Who created it? s3sebastian

Who printed it? Several Thingiverse users have rid their prints of strings with this simple model.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printer Test Print #10. Bed Leveling Calibration Test Object (Parametric)

Source: Hedrus / Thingiverse

What is it? Bed leveling is often the trickiest part of printer calibration. This model is here to help! It helps you see how to improve your first layer to produce the best prints. 

Who created it? pgreenland

Who printed it? A few Thingiverse users have posted makes of this model printed on various machines. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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