How much power do 3D Printers use?

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Have you ever wondered just how much. power one of these little suckers use . and how much they're costing you to run . per month well i certainly was so i . grabbed one of these what meters to find . out exactly how much power they were . using and the results were pretty . surprising let's get started . [music]. how's it going guys angus here from . makers muse and welcome back to another . video so i picked up one of these which . is called a watt meter and it measures . voltage watts amps and kilowatt hours of . an electronic device that plugs into the . mains so kilowatt hours is the unit of . measurement that you get charged on . every quarter when you get your . electricity bill and i've always . wondered like how much power do these . machines use considering that they they. heat up to high temperatures and they . have motors they're quite powerful and . they're running for hours and hours and . hours at a time so i decided to make an . experiment and test exactly how much . power they used for a given it's ready . print and the print i chose was this so . this is a wheel for a new version of the. off-road robot platform i made quite a . while ago they're sort of paddle wheels . designed for sand and that sort of thing . and the machine i chose to do my tests . is the cocoon create the latest one that . was sold through aldi here in australia . so they saw my video my vlog visiting . aldi and i reached out to me and asked . by one of the version of their latest . machine and i said yes please because . i've only tested their older version and . it's a really great machine actually . they've done heaps of improvements to . the i3 plus that i tested last last year . or the year before even a lot of . iterative improvements which is really . cool to see from when he'll and also . they've done some firmware tweaks to the. touchscreen so it's easier to use really . nice to see and this machine can be run . on any gqo so i used simplified 3d to . create a profile to slice in pla and a . slice for abs so pla plastic prints at a . lower temperature than abs and needs a . low temperature heat bed so i decide to . do three tests. there was the pla and the abs default . and then to print pla with no heat on . the bed so not hitting the bed up at all . and also i added two other printers in . as a bit of. wild card to find out how much power . they use but we'll start with the . results from the cocoon create so the . first test was the pla on default . settings with a 60 degree heat bed and . the print turned out lovely like 23 . hours to print this at 40% in fills . quite slow it was very conservative than. printing propellers using but the result. is fantastic it's a really nice machine . actually i'm quite happy with this and . the print came out great released from . the print surface fine and the total . power usage after printing in the pla . was 1. 9 kilowatt hours which is which is. you know not too bad it's not very . expensive but i want to see how much . more energy printing and abs would use . because that pushes the heat bed from . sixty to a hundred degrees c which is a . fairly large increase and also the . extruder temperature bumps up a bit as. well to 230 degrees c to print the abs . plastic this was the result of the abs . print it's a bit of a disaster it's . stuck down great but a deal laminated to . all hell i was actually doing a . livestream as part of makers muse live . and i could hear it cracking as the . print finished and was cooling down so . it doesn't matter how hot your heat bed . is you could have it over vaulted and . overpowered as you get further away from . it the ambient temperature of the room . comes into effect so that's why you get . something called delamination where even . he might get a print a stick the actual . additional layers start pulling away so . that's what happened here so the print. unfortunately delaminated but i want to . know how much power it used to actually . create this print even though it's not a . very good result and the power usage was . actually really surprising 2. 7 kilowatt . hours quite a substantial increase to . our pla print despite the heat bed you . know 60 to 100 degrees c it's a jump but . it's not a massive jump i think to . maintain that extra heat at a hundred c . at 23 hours uses an awful lot more . energy than just maintaining sixty . degrees c and lastly other cocoon create . i want to see how much energy you would . use for the heat bed completely disabled . because here's a thing you don't need a . hot heat bed to print pla the machines . come with like a build tech like surface . and i actually applied a bit of glue to . try to give my baby a sprint the best. chance of success but this print stuck . beautifully down to this surface with . the proper layer height with no issues. with a disabled heat bed the heat bed. was sitting at the room temperature the . whole time and the print is fantastic . but what about the difference in . electricity use compared to the default . pla settings well that's where it gets . very interesting because we saw an . overall energy usage of 0. 9 kilowatt . hours of my watt meter quite a lot of . saving too compared to running the . actual heat bed for basically identical . results there is no no issues at all . with these prints and one had a hot . hotter heat bed and one was just running . with a cold cold bed no no heat added . that's a good takeaway you don't really . need to run a heat bed when printing in . pla which leads us to our wildcard . entries so to other printers i chose to . test their power consumption with these . wheels starting with the smallest the . cetus now i love the status it's a small . portable powerhouse of a printer your . runs off wi-fi it usually just sits in a . cupboard over there but doesn't have a . heated bed just has an element in plate . there and it actually is interesting . because it differs to the cocoon create . in that the cocoon current has a large . internal power supply unit you plug niac . mains cable in the cetus has an external . power supply brick and this plugs into . the printer with a barrel jack now i'm . not sure this is if this is the original . brick that the cedars came with i have . had printers i'm using this 19 volt . brick before it might have been for a . larger printer with a heat bed in the . past it definitely doesn't need this . much amperage to run that's for sure but . the print off the cetus apart from being . one of the nicest prints in the lineup . it did only take 10 hours because the . seat of software is kind of its own . thing and running on fine settings like . 10 was the slowest i could get it to go . but what's really interesting is a cetus . print only took point five kilowatt . hours of it electricity and that's nuts . that's so much lower than the 2. 7 that . it took to print the abs print now . granted 10 hours verse 23 there is a . time difference there . on how long how long you're on the . printer but i think really your your . energy consumption is going to come down . to how hot things are for how long a . period of time versus the motors i'm not . sure the motors actually contribute a . large amount to their power usage i. think it's pretty much the heat bed that . is the real killer so what about the . other end of the spectrum what's the . largest printer i have that could print . something quite impressive well that . would be this this is the arrays n2 plus . it is a massive machine from ray's and i . wanted to test it out with printing abs . and this is the result so this wheel was . printed again in about ten hours using . idea maker software but what's putting . on abs temperatures with a hundred. degree temperature heat bed and it used . five point two kilowatt hours to print. this wheel on abs settings now how does . this all translate into cost well where . i am here in australia our energy usage . is about 30 cents australian per. kilowatt hour we pay quite a large . amount for electricity so you can see . here in the graph lining up the cost per . print on the machines that we've got the . cheapest obviously was the cetus costing . us a mere 15 cents of electricity to. print this this wheel in ten hours . whereas the highest was of course the . raise n 2 plus which cost us one dollar . and 56 cents of electricity to print . this one wheel which we think about it . will start adding up it does add a whole . new perspective to to running these . printers because it's a hidden cost you . don't really see it till you get the. bill at the end of the quarter now i do . want a shout out to cnc kitchen here's a . fantastic video of you know really look . into the details of the cost of running . these machines beyond you know includes . electricity but beyond that to actually . how much these machines cost to run so. check his video out i certainly wasn't . the first person to use a power meter on . these machines and if you'd like to pick . up one of these is what metres they're . very inexpensive i'll have a feel it . links down below to amazon and while . i've got you here i'd like to let you . know that i will be in melbourne on the . 24th of march for the melbourne makers . meet up as part of 3d printing systems. at the 3d printer superstore there . melbourne they've got a fantastic setup . it's gonna be an awesome day of testing . out 3d printers there'll be 3d scanners . on display. they'll be laser cutting and other cool . toys to play with meet me i'll be there . and i'll be giving a talk and also i . have some making coins to hand out bring . things you've been printing to show off . it's gonna be an awesome time and . there's the full details in the video . description so you can go there to to . rsvp it's up on meetup. com so you do . need to rsvp although it's completely . free i hope i see you there so thanks . for watching guys hope you found this . video useful here on makers means ice it . certainly added a whole new perspective . to running these printers for me and if . you did i love to have you subscribe my . aim is to empower your creativity . through 3d printing processes and i look . forward to seeing again very shortly . catch you later guys bye . .
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