Our 3D printing journey up to now has had us utilizing the Bambu Lab A1 to print out cool, unique models for our perfect games room however what if you’d like one thing bigger than a normal 3D printer can deal with?
The Bambu Lab A1 is a good printer that requires little or no effort however typically you’re going to have to get your arms soiled with a extra conventional 3D printer, particularly in case you are trying to make and even promote cosplay objects that look wonderful.
That’s the place the Neptune 4 Max from Elegoo is available in. The behemoth of a 3D printer wants just a few issues – first, it wants a whole lot of house. It’s a giant, heavy unit. On prime of the particular house the unit itself wants you want to think about house in entrance and behind it as a result of, as it’s a mattress slinger, that construct plate goes to fireplace forwards and backward.
To this point, so apparent, however right here’s one other one that you could be not have nervous about fairly a lot you probably have solely had a smaller printer till now – a sturdy desk.
The Neptune 4 Max runs on Klipper and meaning it’s quick and can throw the construct plate round at breakneck pace.
The primary floor I put it on was a standing desk, so subsequently the legs have motion in them because it must go up and down, and I genuinely thought it would fly off the desk. You want one thing sturdy right here. And if it’s fastened down, a lot the higher.
The Elegoo Neptune 4 Max is what’s also referred to as a ‘helmet-class’ printer. Which means it has a sufficiently big print quantity to have the ability to print a full-size helmet, sufficiently big for a human head for cosplay functions. It has a construct quantity of 420 x 420 x 480 mm, which is barely lower than the Max 3, however that is as a result of large cooling fan strapped onto the gantry.
Even with a quick printer, these take some time so in the present day we’re simply going to print a full-size cosplay masks, after which print one thing bigger out for our recreation room – a big bust of Walter White from Breaking Unhealthy so as to add somewhat Heisenberg to the place.
Beginning with the masks we selected this low-poly full face masks as a result of it appears to be like each sinister and funky. This was my first large print try and watching the 4 Max do its factor was a pleasure to behold. I needed to go away it printing in a single day as I didn’t begin it till late within the day however awakened, checked the Fluidd interface through my telephone whereas nonetheless in mattress, and was delighted to see it had printed completely. The one helps right here had been on the hooks for the ears they usually had been eliminated simply.
Subsequent up is our second piece, the Walter White bust from Sid Naique. I needed to print this a lot bigger however plumped for a smaller than I needed dimension just because I used to be postpone by the two-day print time to make it a lifesize head. In the future although when deadlines aren’t as urgent.
Once more the bust printed flawlessly and even with the marginally tough assist across the beard, this all got here away simply and the Elegoo PLA+ in gray labored a deal with.
That is considered one of my go-to prints after I need to showcase the 4 Max, the extent of element is insane even with the 0.4mm commonplace nozzle (will someone please let me purchase different-sized nozzles). This may look nice on any shelf in your video games room. I believe I’m finally going to print him once more with a marble PLA to make him look that bit extra, er museum!
So let’s take a look on the print expertise as we did with the Bambu Lab A1 in our final 3D mannequin function.
What’s the Neptune 4 Max like?
My time with the 4 Max has been a little bit of a combined bag, however luckily, all of it appears to have turned out alright in the long run. From the off it printed nice, placing out actually high-quality prints. After every week or so out of the blue nothing would stick with the plate, the Z-offset was in all places and no quantity of leveling appeared to assist. Then I had an enormous downside with the extruder as when the print reached a sure a part of the axis the temperature studying would drop from round 180C to 0. Clearly, this was a false studying however it could trigger Klipper to crash mid-print.
With some glorious assist from Elegoo Assist, we established there was a dodgy connection within the cable from the primary board to the print head in order that they organized to interchange that. As all this was occurring although the Neptune 4 Max suffered an enormous clog that destroyed the complete hotend and warmth block. Thankfully, Elegoo changed the complete print head for me, however I did have to attend for that to reach from China which delayed this web page. It appears to me as if there could also be a slight design flaw in the best way that if a clog begins and also you don’t discover it, it gathers pace and runs away to self-destruction beneath the silicon sock and that’s just about the top of that, you want a spare half because the thermistor and different wires are encased like Han Solo in Carbonite. The issue is in the meanwhile, with it being a brand new mannequin and utilizing a proprietary nozzle, you may’t simply get them on Amazon and have to undergo Assist, which is irritating if you simply need to print stuff.
I need to emphasize although that Elegoo Assist is among the many finest there may be within the 3D printer world, it’s simply that publish from China, even UPS isn’t at all times the quickest.
Now nevertheless, after a few firmware upgrades and a change of the cable and hotend (which was a ache within the rear), the Neptune 4 Max is working flawlessly like a allure and I can belief it to do what I need. It’s a extra hobbyist printer although than say a Bambu Lab, so you want to have some 3D printer expertise to get essentially the most out of it and get it dialed in completely. I used to be undoubtedly unfortunate, however large printers usually are not essentially very best as your first little bit of 3D printing equipment. Now it’s working positive would I like to recommend the Elegoo Neptune 4 Max for this type of challenge?
Completely, for the value the pace and construct dimension are nice, and in case you are trying to get into printing props, cosplay, and enormous objects on your recreation room, you may’t do significantly better for the fee. Additionally, the nice buyer assist is reassuring, there may be an lively discord, and hopefully, spares might be obtainable in Amazon warehouses quickly which can take the ache out of the nozzle challenge.
Ending our printed fashions
We used a shiny filament for the masks and in the primary it genuinely doesn’t want a lot sanding down, such is the standard of the print. We did somewhat work the place the helps on the eyes and mouth however typically that was it. Once more, with Walker White issues got here off fairly clear however we’ll sand down the areas the place the arms could be for a easy end earlier than priming for portray. As a result of the element on the mannequin is so good, Walter’s beard, stubble, and shaved head don’t want sanding as a result of they’re stubbly, which cuts down post-work lots.
Neptune 4 Max slicer settings
We didn’t use something aside from a fundamental 0.2mm later peak in both mannequin. You would, for those who had the time cut back that for the bust however the masks actually doesn’t want it. We sliced and printed the fashions in Orcaslicer, which is the present go-to slicer for the 3D printing recreation in the meanwhile.