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4 common types of 3D printer file formats and when to use it

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File formats are like the blueprints for printing three-dimensional objects. A 3D printer file is known to be the carrier of information from CAD model to 3D printer. It can encode a 3D model’s appearance, geometry, scene and animations. However, not all 3D printer file formats can carry all kinds of data.

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How to improve 3D print overhangs and bridges

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Would like to print a good quality 3D object? Some key points in the designing process should be considered.

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What is wall thickness and how it affects 3D prints

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Wall thickness is considered as one of the most important aspects when it comes to 3D printing preparation. When the wall thickness is not right (too thin or too thick), problems and issues relating to 3d design and quality may be encountered.

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What filament is suitable for your 3D printing project

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Aside from 3D printer, filament is also a vital component in any 3D printing project because filament serves as ink for 3D printers.

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5 vital things to know about STL file format in 3D printing

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When designing any 3D model, one will likely encounter a variety of file extension types to save drawings. There are many file formats that are used for 3D printing such as OBJ, VRML, PLY, etc. The most common file format for 3D printers is STL (.stl).

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3 crucial things to know about 3D printing resolution

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Resolution is often associated with televisions, camera lenses and smartphones. Even the human eye has resolution. Today, resolution is also used in 3D printing.

Resolution is one of the core features to consider especially when evaluating the quality of a 3D model. It is also important to know how 3D printing resolution affects the overall appearance and precision of the 3D printed parts.

To better understand 3d printing resolution, here is an informative blog post on 3 crucial things to know about 3D printing resolution. Read on here.

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How 3D printing is used in medical industry

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3D printing is a process of creating three-dimensional models from a digital file. This manufacturing technique has been very beneficial to various industries nowadays including the medical field. 

3D printing has been playing an important role to rapidly produce and customise 3D printed medical devices and tools. To give you better understanding on this, here is a blog post on how 3D printing is revolutionising the medical industry.

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Topics: Mechanical Design and Prototyping, 3d printing, rapid prototying

Differences between Plastic 3D printing and Metal 3D printing

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Plastic is one of the most commonly used materials for 3D printing nowadays. However, plastic 3D printing has its own limitations such as high amount of wastage.

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Topics: Mechanical Design and Prototyping, 3d printing, rapid prototying

Detail comparison of 3D printing methods: SLS vs FDM & SLA vs DLP

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As technology advances, different 3D printing technologies have also emerged and introduced. Currently, the most used and popular technologies are SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling), SLA (Stereolithography) and DLP (Digital Light Processing). These 3D printing technologies follow similar principles but produce significantly different outputs.

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4 Vital things on Post-Processing 3D Printed Parts

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There can be some circumstances when a 3D part can be used directly after it is being printed. On the other hand, there are also some instances where support material is needed. This is used to handle overhangs in the design.

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