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5 Important Elements To Consider When Printing In 3d

Press release: 10 April, 2022: If you are thinking about manufacturing with additives, there are some crucial aspects to take into consideration when it comes to the design of the industrial 3d printer. Five essential aspects must be considered to ensure your item is created in a balanced manner. Your creation will be functional and attractive if it's well-balanced in terms of dimensions the resolution, thicknesses, orientation, and material choice.

Size

One feature to consider when designing your product is the size. Every technology has its own ideal size, but some are bigger than others.

FDM machines can make parts up to 16"x14"x16". If your item is larger than this, it could be cut into sections prior to fabrication, and then glued together professionally.

The dimensions of your parts determines the amount of time required to manufacture them. Larger parts require more time to build and need more materials, which results in higher costs.

The resolution

When manufacturing with additives the resolution is the thickness of each layer of material being applied. Based on the method used the thinner layer will reduce imperfections or ridges that may appear on a part's surface. High resolution will give an even surface and superior faces for post-processing. The thinner the layers will be, the clearer the details and the more production time.

SLA (Stereolitography) SLA (Stereolitography) has a layer thickness up to 25 microns (0.025mm) is the ideal option for objects that have high resolution. SLS technology has a very high resolution. 100 microns (0.1mm) FDM layers are usually 250 microns in thickness (0.25mm). We also provide high-resolution (0.175mm). You can print at the lower resolution (330 microns or 0.330mm). This is a good option for larger more aesthetically pleasing objects made efficiently and at a lower cost.

Wall thickness

The thickness of the component's walls is an essential aspect of the design, which guarantees the stability, precision and tolerability for the additive manufacturing component. A thicker wall reduces build time. But, too thin parts may not have as precise characteristics and may be more fragile.

SLS increases the likelihood that thin parts will warp because of the process of manufacturing. Pieces made by the SLS method are susceptible to extreme temperatures and also the amount of powder used in production. The material employed in SLS is also able to shrink when it cools, and solidifies. This is more secure when the thickness ranges from 1mm to 3mm. However, you can still get the minimum thickness of 0.4mm. However, this is more dangerous.

FDM is an example of a substance in which the recommended minimum thickness is 1.6mm

The orientation

In 3D printing the orientation is the way that the object is situated on the print platform. You can place it horizontally, vertically, in an angle, or flat. The quality of the final manufacturing process is affected by the orientation. This is especially true when it comes to error tolerance and geometric dimension. The energy used and the extent of support structures needed are directly affected. All of these factors contribute to the total cost of the component.

The orientation can also change based on the type of technology used. With FDM printing, the product has a high elastic force on the X and Y direction, however it is weaker in the Z direction because of the way layers are created. Insufficient preparation on this level can make the lines between layers evident, which could affect the look of your components. Certain orientations are better for curving forms. In certain cases, orientations will be more effective when they extend over the surface, which requires more support.

If you do not specify any other details, we will make sure that your parts are stored in a manner that will maximize their strength and surface quality.

The material of choice

There are a variety of materials you can choose from depending on the method you choose for printing the 3D model. The selection of materials is generally determined by the limitations that are applicable to the part. If your component must meet specific resistances, it's essential to be careful in the choice of materials. For instance, if the part will be subjected to very high temperatures, or chemical solvents, think about ULTEM (in FDM technology). Polycarbonate is an excellent choice when it has to be resistant to impacts.

SLA technology also provides interesting resins for various applications. If you're looking for a substance that is that are similar to rubber, you can try using a the flexible resin. If you're looking to create an lost wax casting there is a "castable wax" resin. ABS (FDM) and nylon (SLS), and acrylic resin (SLA) are all able to work well for you.

Design balance

The resolution, size as well as the thickness, orientation and the material you choose to use are all important elements of an object that is designed for 3D printing.When all of these aspects are taken into consideration and balanced, you are sure to get a functional component that will meet your requirements.


 

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