This printer was immediately put into operation, right out of the box, so we did not show the process of unpacking and what was inside. Packaging standard: a solid box, all in film, in a foam, there were no complaints. From the assembly – just connect the power cord, if necessary put the desired nozzle and all. We immediately put a 0.5 mm nozzle, since we needed to print large models.
Before the first seal, it was decided to immediately remove the upper glass – for convenience of shifting Nozzles and refills of plastic. It was our decision – the manufacturer recommends not to remove the glass, as the installation when you can damage the plastic tube feeding
3D printer Hercules Strong is equipped with a heated glass platform 300 mm at 290 mm, which allows you to print large parts without segmenting, with a maximum height of 370 mm. The type of the chamber is closed, with the cooling system installed.
The results of the first printing experiments on Hecules Strong:
The successful design of the print head allows printing without interruptions with materials such as ABS, HIPS, PLA, Watson, Rubber, Flex.
Printer frame made of 2 mm steel, mounted on the Z axis of the shafts 16 mm, functional units are made of aluminum.
All this gives the rigidity of the design, which does not let you down under long loads, the same increases the life of the printer.
Hercules Strong is equipped with a slot for a full-size memory card. Navigation in the menu is carried out with the same usual rotating handle.
The menu contains the most necessary settings, nothing superfluous: a large preheating list for different materials, motion along the axes, return to zero point, manual control of temperatures and fan speed.
Calibration The table is made by four bolts located in the corners of the glass platform. The printer comes already calibrated, but we just in case spent our calibration after unpacking, for the next 2 months of work the printer was no longer necessary to calibrate. The coil with plastic is installed inside the working chamber, in the right wall of the shell.
The plastic is fed manually into the extruder, the initial feed is adjusted through the nozzle warm-up menu, and then through the "axis movement" menu. It is more convenient to perform this procedure with the top glass removed: it is easier to get to the top of the extruder. In the future, when printing ABS plastic, it is desirable to put the glass in place, fixing the glass with screws is not necessary – its own weight is enough to hold the plastic supply tube.
The manufacturer strongly recommends that the glass not be removed, the reasons for this have already been mentioned above.
On the surface of the platform, there was a film for better adhesion, which proved to be so good that the first models were removed with great difficulty, even despite the complete cooling of the table.
Soon, when it came to large printing area, and the film proved to be a bad side: when they began to bend the edge of the model, the film is pulled away from the table with the plastic is folded. It was decided to remove the film and print on the usual for us glue for FDM printing.
Printing PLA did not cause any problems, and before printing ABS pricked up large gaps on the door of the camera. But, strangely enough, 10-hour printing was successful the first time. It is possible to control the speed of printing and right in the process, which adds convenience.
To summarize, I want to say: at the moment, Hercules Strong has only three minor minuses: not the most convenient refueling And extraction of filaments; Clearances between the chamber door and the body; When navigating through the menus have to turn the knob lines to two clicks to move up one position, this really is difficult to get used to.
The rest of the printer we pleased. When he only came to us, he was immediately put into work, we just checked the calibration, tightened the nozzle and immediately began to execute our orders on it. For two months of work, almost in non-stop mode, he did not issue a single mistake, did not tear down a single seal. This is an excellent machine for making large models: thanks to the nozzle diameter, the volumetric working chamber and trouble-free operation, large parts are obtained particularly well and printed quickly.
When ordering Hercules Strong in the Top 3D Shop, you get not only a fair price for the printer , Free delivery and training to work with it, but also a 20% discount on consumables for the entire 2017.
Come and see:
To look closer to this printer and the samples printed by him, and also to see it in work you can one of the ervyh – at the upcoming conference Top 3D Expo 2017 which will take place this week – 14 of April in Moscow. Within the framework of the exhibition-conference, other 3D printers, consumables to them and other equipment will also be presented.