If you are already using 3D printing, this blog post will help you optimize your experience, save money and get the best possible 3D printed project. What are the best 3D printing tips for 3D printing lovers and professionals? Let’s find the checklist you need to follow to get the best 3D printed object possible.

Following these few tips will help you get the perfect 3D printing file and avoid the most common 3D printing errors, making your file unattractable. In fact, as an online 3D printing service, we know the most common mistakes made by our customers, and today we tell you how to avoid them.

  1. Choose the best software for 3D modeling

Choosing 3D modeling software tailored to your needs and the specific features of your project is essential. A program adapted to your projects and to your sector will be the best start you can have.

But how to choose the right software for 3D modeling? We know that choosing adapted 3D software is not such an easy task. But there are already many programs on the market. If you work in architecture, chemistry, automotive or the medical sector, there must be modeling software for you. Using adapted tools will help you save time and create the best 3D model.

 

  1. Choose a material, adapted to your project

It is quite possible that your prototype and finished project are made with different materials. Do you need to use a rubber-like material, something slightly flexible or hard material resistant to pressure?

The variety of materials is great, from Nylon PA12 to Titanium. It is important to tailor the material you will use with the specifics and purpose of your product.

  1. Follow carefully the tips of the designers

Before completing the design of your future 3D printing project, you will need to choose the material you want to use to create an adapted design. All materials are different, with different properties, different limitations, but in general with different design guidelines! Double checking these guidelines should be your new habit if you want to get the best possible results while using 3D printing technology.

Minimum distances and clearances, minimum wall thicknesses, etc. are only part of the specifics that you will need to consider. All this will guarantee the quality of your parts. What are the risks if you do not follow these design guidelines? You won’t get all the benefits of 3D printing technology or your part may break during or after the printing process. Compliance with design guidelines will ensure print quality.

Your product may look good in your 3D software, with good rendering and measurement accuracy, but that doesn’t mean all of it can be printed.

  1. Fix your files

If you want to have a 3D printed object, you must get a good 3D model. If you’re not used to 3D design for 3D printing, you can create a 3D file with too many errors, which will prevent it from printing. Therefore, before sending your file to our online 3D printing service, you can use a software repair tool like Meshlab or Netfabb, allowing you to rearrange the object quite conveniently.

  1. Carve your part

There are some useful tools for your project that allow you to save money on your printed items. Did you know you can carve them? With just a few clicks, you can save money on your order. But why is this carving technique interesting?

By placing holes on your side, you can carve your part and remove all the dust inside the object. This will have two effects: reducing the price of your order and reducing the weight of the 3D printed part as it uses fewer materials.

  1. Check the strength of your parts before the printing process

Before sending your project to print a 3D printer, we recommend that you check the strength of your part. In fact, creating a good 3D model is not the only thing you need to do. If you need to reprint the product for your customer, this will result in an additional cost of time and materials for you.

Therefore, you should consider your client’s requirements, such as the minimum width for your objects. To avoid risks, be sure that all small parts of your design are not under 2 mm, as they would break easily. Once again: follow the design instructions to avoid any of these problems.

There are tools for checking solidity. This feature will help you see the fragile points of your 3D model. You will have the opportunity to thicken these points and save time and money.

  1. Think about the orientation of your part

The orientation of your part in the 3D printer may affect its surface. Your choice of orientation should be made according to the final use of the part. In some corners, the part may suffer from a “staircase effect”, which would not appeal to your client if this is a visible part of your project.

  1. Think about all the 3D printing capabilities for your business

How do you use the production of supplements? For production? Prototypes? This cutting-edge technology can actually be useful on many more levels and you may not be taking advantage of its full potential. 3D printing professionals are actually using this technology for more and more different applications in their business. This really becomes part of their business strategy. Producing products through 3D printing can have some benefits for you that you don’t yet know about.

We hope this checklist will help you get the perfect 3D printed parts. Are you ready to make the most of the technology for the production of additives? We are waiting for your 3D files to print them 3D and start working with you on amazing projects.

 

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