3D printers have been a boon for rapid prototyping, but they’re not without their foibles. Whether it’s a faulty extruder, the piece sliding off the bed, a slipping belt, or any number of other errors, one might walk away from a print that’s begun and come back later to find something he/she had not expected.
Luckily, sometimes these failures can come out looking quite interesting. Here are 12 such examples that went right past bad and back to good again. If you’ve had similar experiences, please share them in the comments section.
"Makerbot: 3D printing, Neat Fail" - Flickr user luccawithcheese
"Problem was a serial error. Noisy AC line or bad USB cable was the likely cause." - Flickr user Robosprout
"When unattended 3D printing goes awry." - John Edgar Park
"Trixie & Monkey 3D Print Fail" - Flickr user Fred Kahl
Gothic Hangman Hot Mess: I have to stop starting prints on my way to work, don't I? - Flickr user fredini
" The older version of ReplicatorG has a "swap tool heads" menu option, but it doesn't adjust the X offset. For a small print this would be fine and the print would be shifted 50mm to one side. For a large print that nearly fills the build platform, however, this repositioning can cause part of the output to fall off the edge of the build platform." - Flickr user Trammell Hudson
"That's not what I wanted to wake up to this morning. It was my fault. Untested settings and huge overnight unattended printing is rarely a good idea." - Flickr user Tony Buser
"More Rostock Max calibration and early prints" - Flickr user fredini
"Printing this item, tried to get it stuck onto the bed using 5mm brim, print was going well, had 0.3mm z lift on retract, and 0.2mm extra feed after retract to battle other issues, but the extra build meant that the head hit the side of the branches a few too many times, and ended up breaking bond with the build plate." - FLickr user JBFromOz
"evil ducky" - Flickr user eok.gnah
"Failed model. MakerBot slicer had trouble with model complexity." - Flickr user watz