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The Best Sculpting Software for 3D Modelling in 2023

Just as sculptors take clay and manipulate it, digital sculptors work with a computer, mouse, and software to produce 3D models.  3D sculpting software bridges the gap between physical sculpting and 3D modelling, letting artists sculpt 3D objects by pushing, pulling, smoothing, grabbing, and pinching digitised clay to produce real-life models in software. While 3D …

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How To Overcome The Most Common 3D Printing Failures

Failures are part and parcel of 3D printing, especially early on as you hone your skills. However, design challenges and spontaneous hardware hiccups and catch professional out too.  While there’s no way to guarantee zero failures, you can reduce them by knowing the common causes and acting on them. For example, bed adhesion is the …

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5 Tips to Choose the Strongest 3D Printing Material

When 3D-printed parts need maximum strength, factors that matter include 3D printer settings, part orientation, and material choice.  While each factor is critical to strength, material choice is arguably the most important because it defines the part’s mechanical characteristics. Choosing the strongest 3D printing material requires delving into technical data sheets to compare filaments and working …

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Five reasons to start 3d printing

5 Reasons to Start 3D Printing

3D printing’s ability to produce complex shapes and interlocking parts introduces exciting possibilities for in-house manufacturing. Whether you are a small business or a large-scale manufacturer, 3D printing puts mass production and rapid prototyping on your desk. With a suitable material and a 3D printer, it’s possible to replace aluminium and composite parts manufactured with …

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What is Rapid Prototyping? – The Advantages & Disadvantages

Rapid prototyping is a production method where objects are manufactured directly from CAD (computer-aided design) software. As you know, a prototype is a preliminary version of an end product used to assess its shape, materials, design, technology, and mechanical qualities. A ‘rapid prototype’ is made quickly from CAD data. 3D printing – or additive manufacturing …

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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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