I know that this has been raised a number of times, but the time estimates seem to be wildly inaccurate. I realize the difficulties in getting a "one size fits all" estimating solution, so rather than bitching and asking for it to be fixed, I have a different question:
Is there anywhere that I can look to see what assumptions are made when calculating the estimates?
My Printrbot Simple Metal firmware is tuned to print significantly faster than the out-of-the-box version, but the actual print times are still considerably higher than the estimates. Unfortunately, the estimates are also inconsistent. For some models it will be off by 20%, some will be 200%. In one case, I had the remaining time count down from 9 minutes over a 45 minute period. I just can't figure out the rhyme or reason behind the estimates.
I tried going back to factory settings and the actual print times got consistently worse, but the variance from estimate was still all over the map.
If I could just find out what assumptions are being made about the printer capabilities, firmware settings, etc. I might be able to estimate the estimates or just tune the printer to match the assumptions.
Slicing speed is great. The product produces superior prints to anything else that I've tried. However, it's impossible to do any sort of job scheduling when "5 hours" could mean "5 hours and 10 minutes" or "12 hours" depending on the print. I don't mind doing the math myself, but I just can't make sense of where the gaps are in the estimating model.