The Power of the 3DBenchy
There is probably no other model that has been printed more times than the 3DBenchy...and for good reason. I'll admit I did not print one until I had been printing for roughly three years. I knew about them but never really saw the appeal of printing a miniature boat that according to everyone else--doesn't even float...
As soon as I printed my first one I immediately knew that I had wasted so much time trying to calibrating my printer in the past. Since that day I have literally printed thousands of these little guys.
What's The Hype About?
How To Use The 3DBenchy
There are several resources out there to help walk you through the tuning process using the 3DBenchy. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, I recommend you check out www.3dbenchy.com
This site has a lot of great information regarding the topic. Many users have posted pictures of their own 3DBenchy and it's nice to see the results others have been able to achieve. It is a great benchmark to see how your printer stacks up to others. There are also printable PDF guides on their website which can further help you calibrate your machine if you are still having issues. I recommend checking out YouTube videos on 3DBenchy troubleshooting. There are several videos posted including a great one by Thomas Sanladerer.
Hopefully, after spending a day printing the 3DBenchy, you will be able to get your printer dialed in so that you can print hassle-free with more complex prints. It really makes the hobby that much more enjoyable when your equipment is performing to the best of its ability.