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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Rapid prototyping

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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Topology

How Topology Optimisation Creates 3D Printing Opportunities

3D printing unlocks unequalled rapid prototyping opportunities but getting caught up in the iteration cycle creates bottlenecks. With fewer iterations you can reduce time to final part and time to market, but it’s easier said than done with traditional, numerical workflow. The traditional process sees engineers applying loads to already-manufactured parts and evaluating where they …

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Part orientation

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 Lattice Structure? – Optimise your 3D Printed Parts

A lattice is a repeating pattern of strips, an arrangement so practical that you can find it in everything from apple pie to 3D printing.  In 3D printing, lattice structures make parts lighter and stronger, solving strength and rigidity challenges. They are also relatively simple to produce, enabling most 3D printers to maintain high print …

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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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