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4 important aspects that help understand Stereolithography (SLA) better

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From a historical point of view, SLA is considered to be the process behind 3D printing. The first 3D printing patented application was file by Chuck Hill in 1984.

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How support structures affect 3D printing process

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Support structures is an important aspect to produce successful 3D printed parts. Although the key advantage of using 3D printing is the ability to create parts with freeform designs and intricate geometries, some of its design freedom wouldn’t be possible without using support structures.

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3D printer calibration and tuning tips

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Owning a 3D printer provides designers and engineers with opportunities to be creative and experimental. However, they may encounter machine failure, technical issues and certain difficulties during 3d printing process especially for beginners.

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Topics: 3d printing

Top 10 Slicer software for 3D printers

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Slicer software is known to be an essential element of 3D printing process. A slicer software cuts up the .stl file into different parts according to the layers to be printed

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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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Topics: 3d printing, rapid prototying

   
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