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Resolution, Accuracy, and Tolerance – What’s the difference?

                Far too often we have seen customers enquire about a 3D Printer’s resolution when they actually were trying to enquire about its accuracy and vice-versa!             The problem is so grave that even some of the 3D Printing service providers fall prey to this conundrum and end…

How to Fabricate Moving Part Assemblies in 3D Printing?

Conventionally, for moving part assemblies, the individual parts are fabricated separately, and are later assembled together. But in 3D printing, with little consideration, the entire assembly can be fabricated in one single go. There are technologies in 3D printing viz. Fused Filament Fabrication/Fused Deposition Modeling, Stereolithography etc., where supports structures are generated during part fabrication. In such technologies, moving part assemblies…

Design Guidelines for Embossing & Engraving features in 3D Printing

Embossing & Engraving Done Right In 3D Printing Embossing & engraving features are done on parts to demarcate them from the rest. At times to convey important information related to the part geometry, and sometimes to give the parts a personal touch. A bad embossing/engraving can lead to a part that looks shabby. Thus, getting the right thickness and depth…

Why do Holes And Cavities Come Cut Undersized in 3D Printing?

It’s been a common complain that, although the part geometries have a near-net shape, some of the part features like holes and cavities are compromised at times. It’s been an observed trait in 3D printing that the holes oriented vertically (Z) w.r.t to the laser direction yield elliptical, undersized holes as compared to holes oriented horizontally w.r.t the laser direction…

Staircase Effect: How To Avoid it & Ensure Part Quality

STAIRCASE EFFECT Staircase effect is omnipresent in 3D printing irrespective of the technology chosen. 3D printing is a manufacturing technology where parts are fabricated layer by layer, thus layers form an integral part of the process. Staircase effect is a phenomena associated with 3D printing when the layer marks become distinctly visible on the surface of the parts, giving the…

Learn How To Interpret Materials & Their Units Without Getting Confused

Interpret Material Properties & Their Units Sometimes, when we look at the data-sheet of a particular material, we take for granted the material properties and its associated units without understanding their physical relevance. For e.g., one of the most important properties associated with any material is its Tensile Strength, but how many of us really know the physical significance of…

What is Shore Hardness? What does it signify?

Shore Hardness Hardness may be defined as a material's resistance to indentation. The durometer scale was defined by Albert Ferdinand Shore. The instrument as well as the unit of measurement is called as a Durometer. Durometer is used to measure the hardness of polymers, elastomers and rubbers. Today, the name usually refers to shore hardness. Shore hardness is one of the several ways…

Cost Reduction In 3D Printing

Cost Reduction In 3D Printing It has been a common complaint with 3D printed parts that, the cost of the parts is a bit on the higher side. We have hereby compiled a list of some of the tips and tricks that may come in handy in saving part cost in 3D Printing: By Selecting the most suitable production mode: Our…

Insights: Low volume production runs

Low Volume Production Some of the common manufacturing processes for Low volume production runs are as follows: 3D Printing: 3D Printing is commonly used for prototyping, hence it is also referred to as Rapid Prototyping given its faster turnaround time, but lately, manufacturers have started using it for low volume production runs, as well. When the number of quantities are lesser, opting…

Post-processing techniques in 3D Printing

Post Processing In this article we are going to discuss in detail some of the most commonly used post-processing techniques on 3D Printed parts. Finishing: The finishing operation usually consists of polishing the parts. We use Vibratory Polishing as a finishing process to improve surface finish of the parts by removing minor surface irregularities. The setup consists of a tumbler…

Metal 3D Printing – Top Reasons To Use This Technology |

Metal 3D Printing It’s a common dilemma faced by organizations and individuals in deciding when to opt for Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) and when not to. Thus we have compiled a list of reasons that may come in handy in deciding the same. Part Consolidation: Metal AM gives the feasibility of part consolidation. Due to elimination of conventional “design rules”,…

Why do 3D Printed parts warp?

Warp In 3D Printed Parts One of the most common phenomena experienced in 3D Printing is that of warp. Warpage leads to undesired part deformations rendering the part inoperable. As a result, most of the time is spent on either re-fabricating the warped parts, or in post-processing to mitigate the same. In this article, we will discuss some of the…

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