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6 Effects of Part Orientation on 3D Printed Parts

Many factors determine the accuracy and surface finish of 3D printed parts, but part orientation is up there with the most important.  Part orientation refers to how you print parts on the build platform, which dictates the print head’s travel. The cusp of it is that FFF 3D printers produce parts with anisotropic properties where the X, …

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What Is a Resin 3D Printer & How Does It Work?

Most resin 3D printers are stereolithography (SLA) printers, which cure liquid resin layers with a laser rather than extruding plastic with a print head. Because they are not restricted by the mechanical movements of a print head, resin 3D printers can produce models with greater complexity than Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers, albeit with …

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How To Improve 3D Print Quality? – 7 Tips For Finishing The Final 3D Print   

Hundreds of things can affect the quality of 3D prints, including filament quality, slicing instructions, chamber temperature, nozzle diameters, retraction settings, and even humidity if materials are hygroscopic.  Thankfully, if you know why things are messing up, you can resolve most 3D print quality problems without tearing your hair out. This article on seven common 3D …

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An Introduction to FDM/FFF 3D Printer Support Material

When printing thermoplastics with dual extrusion, one extruder is typically dedicated to printing a support material and the other a core material. We have covered core materials before (FFF plastics, SLA resins, FFF metals), but what of the support materials used in FFF plastic printing? This article introduces 3D printer support materials, shedding light on what they …

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A Guide to Rapid Prototyping in 2022

What is Rapid Prototyping?  Rapid prototyping (RP) is referred to as a group of specialised technologies that are used to make quick minimum viable product models, assemblies using three-dimensional CAD data, or physical parts. The technology that is implemented to create these prototypes is referred to as additive manufacturing or, interchangeably, 3D printing. The process …

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An Introduction to FFF/FDM Plastics

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is the simplest and most common additive manufacturing technology. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is the same thing, except it is a trademarked term owned by Stratasys. An FFF 3D printer extrudes melted thermoplastic in layers to form a three-dimensional model. Various thermoplastics are available, from standard plastics like ABS to specialist …

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