Check out this article from Simplify3D (makers of the excellent slicer software we use)! An amazing and inspiring story about a young boy who was born without a hand. He was put in contact with 3D designers who helped make a custom hand prosthetic for him and 3D printed it. It really showcases the power to 3D printing to change the world. Make sure to contact us about your 3D printing projects!
We’ve covered some of these tips before, but it’s always good to review them again! Let’s review some 3D print design tips.
- Design to avoid supports. Supports are costly and can negatively influence the surface finish of your parts.
- Follow the “YHT” rule. Basically, anything Y shaped is pretty safe to print, anything H shaped will print okay if you follow the bridging rules, and anything T shape will require supports.
- Design for printing tolerances. Our FDM machine has a maximum layer resolution of 0.1mm and a nozzle size of 0.4mm. Keep text sizes to 16 point bold for top or bottom faces and 10 point bold for vertical faces.
- Design for the material. If your 3D print design will be printed in PLA or ABS, you need to have different considerations.
- Export your STL file correctly. Most slicers prefer STL files to be exported in millimeter format. Use a high poly count for detailed models.
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your 3D print design. We are happy to assist to ensure you get the best results!
We finished 3D printing this maze tile for a customer’s project. Our 3D printer has some amazing capabilities. Please let us know if you have any questions about 3D printing. This part is approximately 4 inches by 4 inches, you can see the detail level achieved was very high. We are located in Columbus, Ohio, but will ship to any location in the lower 48 US states. Our customer was very happy with the result!
It turned out great! – Christopher D.
Need some 3D Printing tips to help optimize your designs? Check out this video from Kacie Hultgren of PrettySmallThings.
Kacie provides her top tips for creating great designs for 3D printing. Some of the key tips include:
- Use the 45 degree rule – limit overhangs to no more than 45 degrees
- Design to avoid support material – support material can make your model surfaces rough
- Add custom supports where you need them to make clean up easier
For details, watch the video below.