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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How To 3D Print Gears Like A Pro – 7 Design Tips and Advice         

3D-printed gears straddle the line between functional and hobbyist components, yet they perform as well as any gears when appropriately designed.  Most 3D printed gear failures are from choosing the wrong materials, incorrect printer settings, and specifying the wrong infill (which leads to weak gears that snap or gears that cost too much in raw …

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