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7.1Expert Score
Uniz Slash Pro 3D Printer

Affordability
5
Quality
5
Speed
9
Capability
8
Practicality
8
User Expectations
7
PROS
  • UDP Mode can print with abnormal speed without compromising the quality.
  • The printer has an option to auto-level itself.
  • The printer can print parts and prototypes that have a special application for the shoe industry.
CONS
  • UDP mode does not allow the use of third party resin.
  • The cost of the printer is high compared to competitors.
  • Product
  • Specification
  • Videos
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Model SLASH PRO
Manufacturer UNIZ
Price Range $ 4499
Release date 2019
Country United States
Availability Available
Classification Professional
Technology Resin (SLA- DLP...)
Material Liquid resin
OS compatibility Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Generic material Yes
XY accuracy 0.02 mm0.001 in
Max. build size 192 × 120 × 400 mm7.56 × 4.72 × 15.75 in
Max. build volume 9.22 L
Min. layer thickness 0.01
Dimensions 350 × 400 × 730 mm13.78 × 15.75 × 28.74 in
Weight 18 kg39.68 lb
Heated print bed No
Heated build chamber No
Automatic calibration Yes
Closed frame Yes
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen No
Touchscreen No
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No
Air filter No
Pellet extruder No
USB Yes
Wifi Yes
Bluetooth No
SD card No
Ethernet Yes

The Pro version of Uniz Slash is equipped with UDP technology which is specially developed by the manufacturer. It enables users to print parts and functional prototypes at a very fast speed. An adult’s shoe hole can be printed in less than 40 minutes.

The feature that is more advanced in this printer than its predecessor is the Z-axis build envelope.

There is a specialty of every Slash printer manufactured by Uniz. They can share all the five types of functional resins that can deliver high-resolution prints in the build volume.

Though there are some restrictions in printing with this printer in the UDP mode, like Uniz’s specially engineered resins only work during this more. These resins are formed for giving you the highest quality prints that showcase the finest details in your designs.

Resins of this printer create highly accurate and robust parts and functional prototypes that are ideal for industrial-grade rapid prototyping and product development.

Uniz Slash Pro 3D Printer

Uniz Slash Pro is an efficient solution for individuals who need the extended build envelop that the company has constructed in this desktop’s setup. Uniz released four other printers with Slash Pro in the same year that meant to target four different sectors of industry. They were, Slash+, Slash OL, zSLTV 15, and zSLTV 23.

Features

As hinted in the introduction above, there are two modes that this printer can be operated on. Both of them work using the principle of LCD Stereo Lithography technology in which a photosensitive resin is cured by a light source.

In normal mode, Uniz Slash pro uses normal resins, whereas, in UDP mode, the printer uses special resins that are developed by the company. The light source, which in this case is LCD is contained in the tank and is cured against the build platform of the printer.

Although you have printers like Phrozen Shuffle XL which uses the same mechanism of moving only along the Z-axis, in Uniz Slash Pro, it’s the doubling of the movement that lets it achieve similar or high-quality prints in lesser time.

The machine comes with automatic level control and its software allows users to create smart supports for models. The result is better quality prints in no time. Let’s take a look at features one by one.

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Uni-Directional Peel Technology

Uni-Directional Peeling is a result of attempts that have been made in the past to innovate the high quality of producing SLA technology. Consumers of 3D printing who did business on a small level worked only on FDM 3D printers until the invention of SLA.

After the invention, they started working with FDM as well as SLA, but SLA in a lesser amount. Though SLA gave them the quality that FDM never did, it did not produce a part of a prototype at the same time as FDM did.

This problem was noted by manufacturers of SLA printers and an urge to address this problem correctly was started. Uniz, being one of those manufacturers came up with this uni-directional peeling technology.

Here, by reducing the up-and-down peel to only one-directional peeling, it was able to free the SLA 3D printing market of the speed restrictions. With a printing speed of over 700mm/hr on the z-axis, UDP technology shook the market.

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Automatic Level Control

When printing continuously, the level controlling of the print bed and the base, as well as the height adjustment of the distance of the light source from the resin has to be done faster. Doing this adjustment manually demands a lot of effort when continuous printing one after the other part.

The makers of this printer have kept this in mind and introduced this feature of automatic leveling. After every print, the print bed would be leveled according to the next print.

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Carbon Fiber/Steel Reinforced Frame

Being an SLA desktop 3D printer, normal complaints about it is that the printer does not stay stable during the printing process. Especially while parts and geometries to be printed have a build volume in the range of the maximum build volume that can be printed in the printer.

If the frame of printer is as strong as Unit Slash Pro’s is, the problem of vibration during the print process or the printer not remaining stable, vanishes.

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Specifications

Uniz Slash Pro works on LCD Stereo Lithography technology. The printer’s build volume is 192 mm * 120 mm * 400 mm. XY axis resolution of this printer is 75 micrometers and the layer resolution range provided by this printer is 10, 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 300 micrometers.

The printer can be run on two printing speeds i.e. 600 mm per hour on the UDP mode and 200 mm per hour on the Normal mode. The printer’s dimension is 350 mm * 400 mm * 730 mm. The operating temperature range of this printer as suggested by the company is 18 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius.

The power requirements for this printer are 100 to 240 Volt, 6 Ampere, 50/60 Hertz, and 480 Watts.

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Price

$4499 is the market price of the printer. Now for all those who are wondering how come this can be the price of the desktop printer! Well, looking at the list of features and the amazing speed that the printer can deliver, Uniz Slash Pro would hardly be judged as unsatisfactory in terms of the quality work that it delivers.

So the price is not at all higher than printers which deliver the same amount of quality work, instead, it’s lower.

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First Impression

Uniz Slash Pro 3D Printer First ImpressionCredit: uniz.com

Completely black in colored, the printer takes away your eye’s attention to the table on which it is kept. The right side of the printer has a bottle type structure for keeping the resin, and there is an opening that lets you see the mechanism of the printer from its front view.

Opening the lid and you will see the mechanism based on which the one-sided peeling happens in the printer. It’s the Z-axis build envelope and doubled in size than in its predecessor.

The LCD light source is at the bottom and it produces light rays in a much denser way than in other SLA printers. The outer body is made of carbon steel reinforced.

When you open the lid, you also get to see the resin tank which can be opened from the bottom left. Notice the company’s logo at the bottom when the printer is viewed from its front view, it is the start button.

The area is at the bottommost of the printer is the place from which air is allowed to tuck in. After the printing of parts is done, the cooling is done using this area. The adjustable leveling screws are present just beside this area.

There is a level sensor by which the print bed can be automatically leveled at the right bottom, when the lid of the printer is opened, at the inside body.

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Setup

The printer comes fully assembled. All you have to do is read the manual that the manufacturer has accompanied with the printer in its packaging. After unboxing you’d have to place the printer on a platform and adjust the adjustable screws which are present on the right bottom of the printer.

These screws help you level the printer if it’s slightly tilted. You also have the level bubbling situated at the center of the build platform. Whenever the air bubble is centered; the printer is on its level.

After adjusting the screws, you’d have to tilt the resin tank which is present at the inside body of this printer. Tilting it to exactly 30 degrees would let you insert the rear fixed locating lugs into the holes present at the back end of the LED.

Then you’d have to push the resin tank downwards nearer to the LCD panel and push the lock catch to tighten the resin tank.

The build platform comes separate from the printer. Keeping the metal surface of the build platform downward you’d have to make sure that the locking arm of it is opened and then push. After pushing the platform you’d have to pull the locking arm clockwise and lock the build platform.

The next step is inserting the resin cartridge. You’d have to remove the bottle, clean it, insert the resin inside the bottle and the bottle inside the slot and ensure the needle punctures the rubber cap.

The last step of setting up the printer is installing the liquid level sensor at the right bottom of the inside body.

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Printing Type/Cost

The infill percentage of parts and prototypes that are printed using Uniz Slash Pro is higher than its competitors. The cost of resin that can be printed using the UDP Mode of the printer is high. The Z-axis travel is double than its predecessor.

And the printer is known to consume more electricity. Most of the factors that contribute to the printing cost of the printer are at the higher end so the overall printing cost is something that you are going to find higher than other printer’s which give close competition to this one.

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Print Quality

uniz_slash_pro_print_qualityCredit: ryang3d.com

Uniz Slash Pro is an LCD 3D printer. These 3D printers are known to use an array of Ultra Violet LCD rays as a light source. These light rays come from the flat LCD panels shining directly, parallel to the build area.

Because these light rays aren’t expanded much, the pixel distortion is not an issue with Uniz Slash Pro. The print quality of this printer depends on the density of the LCD rays. The denser they stay, the more quality work they are known to produce.

Uniz Slash Pro has more pixels and in turn, a better print quality. And the fact that the printer can maintain this quality, yet produce parts and functional prototypes faster than others, is the add on benefit.

In Uniz Slash Pro, the entire layer is flashed at one, instead of single-pointed flashing. This enables it to produce print speed, never seen before.

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Software

uniz_slash_pro_slicing_softwareCredit: top3dshop.com

Uniz Slash Pro’s software can be operated from computers running on the operating system Windows 7 and above that has 64 bit. Mac operators need to have OS X 10.7 and above, again 64 bit only.

The software demands 16 GB RAM, open GL 2.1, and discrete graphics. Advanced features of this software are that it is a multi-printer management software as written about in the feature section of this article.

The compatible extensions for this printer’s software are: .STL, .OBJ, .AMF, 3MF, and UNIZ. You can operate this software from iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and tablets, apart from computers.

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Customer Service

The company’s website has complete information about what to do as soon as the printer arrives at your place, till the time you complete printing the first print.

Apart from that, there is a manual to guide you and you can contact the manufacturer using various sources. Overall, the customer service of the company is satisfactory.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

A summation of the factors mentioned below would tell you whether the printer is worth buying or not.

3D Printer Cost: Higher than its closest competitors.

3D Print Quality: The infill percentage of parts and prototypes printed using Uniz Slash Pro is high and the layer lines are not visible.

3D Printer Speed: Extremely high while printing in UDP mode and industry-standard while printing with normal mode.

3D Printer Capability: Although not in the UDP mode, the printer can print with third party resins in the normal mode.

3D Printer Practicality: Businesses that are willing to upgrade their level of doing business from small to medium would find the printer extremely useful.

3D Printer User Expectations: The overall experience of this printer matches the user’s expectations.

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The Verdict

The company hit hard the market of 3D printing buys bringing in five different printers in five different sectors. Being one of those printers, Uniz Slash Pro promises to deliver according to the price you pay for it.

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Everything you Need to Know about Rubber 3D printing https://pick3dprinter.com/3d-print-rubber/ Sat, 26 Sep 2020 10:28:21 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10540 Table of Contents

The world of designing has been taken onto a fancy ever since the invention of 3D printing. Something that was initially understood to be impossible has become a reality because of 3D printing technologies.

After its invention, 3D printing technologies have undergone many transformations, one after the other and we can now solidify materials into 3D objects, using computers, those that we couldn’t before.

3D printing technology involves adding together materials that are present either in the form of powder grains or they are present in the form of liquid molecules layer by layer for creating a final solid object in three dimensions.

Curiosity has been generated into people’s minds and there lie many questions unanswered. Amongst those many, in this article we are going to try to answer one i.e. Can we 3D print rubber?

Amongst many other characteristics that rubber possesses, it is an organic material, its properties cannot be influenced by external factors. So, the fact that rubber undergoes vulcanization for improving its elasticity and strength means that it can never exist in a fluid state.

It is the process of vulcanization that makes rubber solid, ensuring that it holds its shape. And that doing any other process on it which involves reheating will cause it to burn. So, it is this fact that rubber cannot be in a fluid state is also a reason why 3D printing of rubber isn’t possible.

However, there are alternative i.e. rubber-like 3D materials with which we can 3D print. Which are those and how do we 3D print using them? Is something that we will discuss in this article! Although primarily they are filaments, we will also look at resins.

Rubber-like filaments with which you can 3D print

Rubber-like filaments with which you can 3D printCredit: rubber3dprinting.com

The best part about these materials is that, when an object would be 3D printed using them, it would give a similar feel as you get when you will be able to 3D print rubber. One of the most common filaments with which you can 3D print and get a very similar feel as when you get when you 3D print rubber is called TPE i.e. Thermoplastic elastomers.

There are several applications of how Thermoplastic elastomers are used like shoe soles, flip-flops, and industrial applications like sealing rings. TPE, just like rubber is a flexible filament and when you are not much familiar with 3D printing, you find it troublesome to print with them.

It is observed in every extruder which was made to meet with a filament that had almost no rigidity that the filament would bend or twist because of the softness it possessed.

This is something that is called a pushing string effect. It is after the introduction of direct drive extruders that made possible printing of flexible filaments.

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3D printing with flexible filaments

When you are printing using flexible filaments, the success and failure are primarily dependent on printer setup and calibration of your printer.

You may now know it for sure that the printer with which you are planning to print, must have a direct drive extruder because flexible filaments try and escape with the smallest gap that they find in the path.

So, you do not want the TPEs to push through and mess your print up. For ensuring that, you need a direct drive extruder.

Although they have such weird demands, flexible filament’s popularity continues to grow. 3D designers continue to experiment and find out new ways of dealing with this technique and it is a result of the same that today filaments are used in many things.

Some of the applications of this are grips, RC tires, robotic parts, and a wide range of other things that require the same feel or friction which rubber produces.

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The point that one needs to take care before printing with flexible filaments

You can a promise by using these filaments that you will get the same feel as you get when you 3D print rubber. But, remember there are conditions.

And these conditions are somethings that you need to take care of in the 3D printer that you are planning to print with. Because 3D printers have a simple rule i.e. the more elastic the material is, the more difficult it is to use. So the first thing that you need to keep in mind is you need to print slowly.

It is observed that these filaments don’t do as well as they do under slow speeds, as under high speeds. In fact, they take a much longer time for 3D printing compared to other filaments. So, a recommended print speed while you are 3D printing using flexible filaments is 20-40 mm per second.

This print speed is for most of the flexible materials with 3D printers because not all of them have a specialized extruder. Secondly, you need to find the correct temperature at which you need to stop.

For achieving that, what you need to do is, start with a temperature that is recommended and go around that temperature. You need to do that until you achieve a print quality that you did determine to achieve.

Whenever you feel the environment is too hot or too cold, remember you will get poor print quality.

With this, you also need to ensure that the extruder that is present within the model walls should not travel in the open air and the oozing is within the model walls. You may have noticed that good slicers already have an option for this which you can utilize.

Lastly, please ensure that the retraction of your printer has been turned off. Otherwise, it is going to cause bending of the filament or result in causing jams.

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Rubber-like resins that you can 3D print with

Rubber-like resins that you can 3D print withCredit: wanhao.store

As mentioned above, flexible resins can also be used for producing parts and functional prototypes that have the same quality if you would have 3D print rubber.

When it comes to quality, resins are more useful than filaments in generating parts that require intricate detailing like gaskets, custom grips, stamps, and wearables, especially when you wish to add ergonomic features in part assemblies.

Although after printing the complete part or functional prototype, a resin would just feel like rubber and usually compress and bounce back to their original form.

The only drawback they have is that the resins are usually designed, not for every printer. If you want to print with flexible resins, you need to first check the compatibility of that resin with that printer.

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3 examples of Flexible Resin that feels like Rubber

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Formlabs Flexible Resin

Formlabs Flexible ResinCredit: sourcegraphics.com

This resin is made for Form 2 printer and is generally having the record to perform well under stress and testing conditions. Shore hardness of Formlabs Flexibler Resin is 80A and it is used for producing bendable and compressible parts and functional prototypes having resolution range between 50 to 100 microns.

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XYZPrinting Flexible Resin

XYZPrinting Flexible Resin

Tested by professionals guaranteeing superior quality print and resilience, this resin is particularly designed for the Nobel 1.0A printer. It is the flexibility of XYZPrinting Flexible resin that makes the prints bendable whenever they are subjected to forces.

The solid structures printed by this resin are impact resistant.

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Type D Pro Flex

Type D Pro FlexCredit: 3Printr. com

Can be used with DLP/UV light printers, this resin is epoxy-based and is designed by DruckWege. Not only this resin has flexibility, but also it has improved properties that can be and should be used for producing bedding resistant parts and creating impact strength.

If you are doing printing with flexible resin or flexible filament for the first time and need some assurance with the print quality, you might as well use 3D printing services that are available online.

There is i.Materialise, Shapeways which make use of high-end printers that let you use the parts and functional prototypes developed by professionals.

A high-quality print using flexible resin or filament with 3D printing service can end saving time as well as money along with the headache that might be caused by efforts that go into making of a part or functional prototype using flexible resin or filament. Some of the examples of using this service are listed below.

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3 of The Best Flexible Filaments

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NinjaTek

NinjaTekCredit: ninjatek.com

Claiming itself to be the world leader in producing parts or functional prototypes using flexible filament, NinjaTek has many varieties to offer.

An example displaying its variety offering is the SemiFlex filament which is a tough, semi-hard flexible filament that combines not only print resolution but also shock absorption with strength. It has a 98A Shore hardness and also comes with a wide range of colors.

On its website, it shows how Ninjatek has partnered with colorFabb, which is also a brand that has been active for five years in the field of the 3D printing business.

Specializing in the development and production of high-end quality 3D filaments, ColorFabb is a Dutch company. And by this partnership, Ninjatek would be allowed to distribute filaments produced by its partner in the geography os North America while ColorFabb will distribute Ninjatek’s range of filament in Europe.

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Matter Hackers Soft PLA

Matter Hackers materialCredit: matterhackers.com

MatterHackers offers a material that is highly flexible, enough to give you a feel exactly as rubber called Soft PLA. To 3D print rubber and to 3D print Soft PLA is almost the same.

If you as a user want your printed parts and functional prototypes to bend just like rubber, go for it. Some of the examples of parts and functional prototypes manufactured by this material are tires, phone cases, springs, machine parts, and toys.

This material is chemically a biopolymer that is created with natural materials. Not only does it not have the same elongation as co-polymer flexible materials, but also it is better than the standard, brittle PLA. The shore hardness of Soft PLA is 92A.

Matter Hackers has its headquarters in Southern California where in its dedicates staff committed to providing good service works. They claim to offer the highest quality materials, machines, and accessories that range from industrial-grade 3D printers to DIY laser cutters.

All of these, they claim to have been tested and approved by in-house experts. They also have an amazing team that helps you out with customer service with anything you may need, from finding the right machine to package your specific product. Or whether it be discussing which filament is best for classrooms.

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Taulman PCTPE

Taulman PCTPECredit: amazon.com

Taulman plasticized copolyamide TPE (PCTPE) is a material that has unique characteristics. Users of this material can enable printing any part with high flexibility.

Some examples of parts and functional prototype that can be printed using this filament are cell phone covers and cosplay wearables which can be made by users with FDM 3D printers. PCTPE is unique because any part or functional prototype will possess high durability and smooth texture which is nylon-like. To 3D print rubber and to 3D print with PCTPE is almost similar.

Chemically, PCTPE is a mashup of TPE and a chemical co-polymer of highly flexible nylon.

When you need a print that has to be similar to and more flexible than Nylon, you can use PCTPE. Because, not only it is easy to print, but also quick and less elastic than TPE. Although not proven, the Shore hardness of Taulman PCTPE is estimated to be over 100A.

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The Conclusion

Although it isn’t possible currently to 3D print rubber which is clear from the discussion above. But it is also obvious that you can achieve rubber-like feel on 3D prints.

And this can be done possibly by using readily available rubber-like 3D printing materials. Not only has a list of these materials included flexible filaments, but also flexible resins.

So, you should not despair on your quest to achieving rubber-like 3D prints when you can find the right materials to give you the results that you desire. But do not miss on the settings and right procedure otherwise you may end up messing with your prints completely.

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3D Printing Tips: 8 Advices to Help Avoid 3D Printing Fails  https://pick3dprinter.com/3d-printing-fails/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:50:19 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10516

Many manufacturing companies use 3D printing technology which is a form of additive manufacturing, for prototyping or turning out production parts.

This process is a computer-based method that lays down layer after layer of a product until it is complete on a whole. This process uses different materials like metal or plastics and starts with a 3D digital model of the final object.

Amongst the very many steps that are required for 3D printing, you need to pay special attention to avoid 3D printing fails.

In this article, we are going to discuss the top 8 pieces of advice that are needed to avoid the most common 3D printing failure to happen. These failures are very important to know if you are a beginner experimenting in the field of 3D printing.

These tips would also help you to 3D print quality parts and functional prototypes. All you have to ensure is to carefully read this article and the parts of the 3D printer or the setting to which it applies. And you will be producing a part that will stand out in the 3D printing market.

Top 8 Advices to Help Avoid 3D Printing Fails

3D printing is quite tricky for all those who have just started using it. The reason for this can be anything, the inclusion of more than one part which makes up a 3D printer, the setting that is to be done in the 3D printing software, or the post-processing or maintaining part.

Everything can be found confusing at first sight and during that time, if you have a guideline to direct you with what to do, when to do and what to avoid, it can be very much of help. Below given are eight such advice.

Adjusting the bed and setting the correct nozzle height

correct nozzle heightCredit: matterhackers.com

The easiest failure to avoid while 3D printing and improve the quality of a part or functional prototype that you are manufacturing is to make sure that the print bed of your 3D printer is leveled. This you can also do by checking the nozzle distance properly.

Although nowadays almost every printer has the option that recommends the correct distance that is needed between bed and nozzle, you must ensure it is such.

Something that can help while doing this setting is a feeler gauge or a simple piece of paper. What you need to do is set the nozzle properly and position it. While doing this you should observe that the gauge or paper should slide under the nozzle, if that is not the case, you should avoid doing it.

Most people do not notice this happening and that is their biggest mistake. Not following this leads to 3D printing fails of many parts and functional prototypes. Understand that there is no force needed to get the paper to go underneath the nozzle.

Again if you are requiring force, there is something which you are doing wrongly. And this process should be repeated at least three times and only then you can make sure that it’s working well.

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Checking the nozzle’s temperature

Checking the nozzle’s temperatureCredit: Pinterest.com

This factor is something that straightway affects the appearance of the 3D printed part or a functional prototype. Whenever the nozzle is too hot, there are possibilities that it could leave strings of filament between separate parts.

So when you are manufacturing parts or functional prototypes which have taller pieces, if you have high temperatures of nozzle they would easily melt the earlier layers and result in malformation.

In 3D printing of parts and functional prototypes, the first layer is something that has immense importance, so if you do not take care of it, chances are high that the complete part’s design would be a failure. Here are some tips to 3D print the perfect first layer.

Another thing to make sure to not let 3D printing fails is when building taller prints, you have to include a one-centimeter cube built on i.e. on the opposite side of the build plate.

Doing this removes the hot nozzle from the print and allows time for cooling, arguably this would increase the built time but then it would also ensure good quality prints. If in your part you notice there are strings of filament between structures, you are advised to use a wall or ooze shield structure, and this is a common feature in almost all the slicer programs.

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Different effects can be created by using different print build plates

Different effects can be created by using different print built platesCredit: Ultimaker.forum.com

Often while 3D printing parts and functional prototypes you want textures over it. And you are mostly thinking that using one type of build plate is going to let you create different textures over it. This is a wrong belief. Using bed materials such as PEI, glass, or Kapton tape leaves a smooth surface finish on the 3D printed object.

So, whenever you want to ensure smooth surfaces, you are advised to use these materials. Apart from these materials, the painter’s tape or polycarbonate sheets leave a matte finish. So, whenever you need matte finish on the 3D printed part or prototype you may use these materials.

One point to remember here is that if you’ll be using glue or spray on the surface, use it just enough to cover the complete build plate. Also to be noted is that using too much glue or paint deforms the object and creates dents. So, use it in a particular measured way.

Otherwise, it would be difficult to remove the object from the plate, and if you try forcing it off, it won’t work, instead, it can damage the object and break the plate of the 3D printer.

All you have to do here is to play around and experiment which will give you a determined best way to create a surface finish that compliments the object.

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Printer Adjustment and maintenance needs special attention

This is something that cannot be applied in general because everyone would have a different 3D printer and so, a different set of features. But some rules still exist that can lead to an improvement in print quality. Just to give you an example, the printer named Anet A6 and A8 which are inexpensive printers, benefit from upgrading.

What happens is when you upgrade that printers they tend to give you the same features that a costlier printer gives to you. So, on one side you have a printer that costs some hundred dollars and on the other side, you have a printer that costs hundreds of dollars more than those hundred dollars. But both of them work in the same manner.

Optimizing your printer involves many smalls steps. You can start with cleaning and lubricating the rails that you are using, check for manufacturer’s recommendations on it.

If your 3D printer has two stepper motors for the Z-axis, ensures that the gantry is at the same height on each side of those two motors. Check to see whether or not there is any sort of wobbling anywhere in the frame, if there is any, make sure you contact the manufacturer.

Look at the bolts, are they tight or loose, and ensure that all of them are at 90-degree angles and square. Keep a check on the manufacturer’s website for updated firmware regularly.

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Take utmost care of the filament

Take utmost care of the filamentCredit: bootsindustries.com

The filament is the raw material that you are using for the 3D printing part and functional prototype. If the filament is not handled nicely, there are high chances that your 3D printing fails. Not only the 3D printing, but you may also end up damaging the 3D printer.

Filaments are of many different types. Some love water, so they keep on absorbing it from the surrounding air. For example, consider exposed filaments such as ABS, nylon, and flexible materials, they are known to drink moisture in, resulting in all sorts of problems.

Then there is the damp filament which expands during extrusion as the water inside it turns to steam and hence results in bubbling out of the plastic. Pops or crackles coming out of the filament start to come out of the nozzle, and when observed closely, something that looks like smoke may be present inside.

The biggest problem, here is that the print will look rough when finished. So if you need a smooth finish, you wouldn’t be able to have that and end up with a rough finish.

This should be specially taken care of when you are 3D printing medical equipment. Filaments come in spools, so if you are willing to do the business using 3D printing technology you will have to store stock of spools. Storing of this requires having plastic bins with desiccant between uses.

In some special cases, it is also possible to dry the spool of filament in the oven over a few hours at very low temperatures. You can also build your heated bin that feeds into your 3D printer are a fun and easy project! If this is not done, there are chances that the 3D printer fails to deliver quality print required.

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Find a Slicer of your Choice and Learn Using It

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Slicing software is the tool that will allow you to do almost all the settings that you wish to do with the 3D print of part or a functional prototype. So, it is necessary for you, if you do not want your 3D printing fails, you have to know the tool and the things that it allows you to do.

Understand this, to speak about 3D printing quality is almost impossible without mentioning slicers. A slicer is a tool that converts a 3D model into instructions which are technically known as (G-codes).

These codes drive the printer. And hence, there are many options available that will let you do the same, you need to find out the one that you are compatible with.

Most of these slicers are free. While using a slicer if there is a print that isn’t as neat as you wanted it to be, then see if there is a fine or hyper quality setting available in the slicer. Clicking upon it would slow the print down a bit, but the results may be worth the wait.

Don’t keep on jumping from one slicer to the other, because chances are that you may find the other too bumpy. Instead, let a few prints come out bumpy. Research the quality problem, and then try changing one setting at a time. Print again the same parts and see if it helps.

Remember that there are many settings so changing anyone of them can make the print bad or good. Learn what settings to do for helping your printer improve quality, regardless of the slicer chosen.

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Using support overhangs

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In FDM 3D printing technology, the melted filament is pushed out and it is this pushing out which bonds the layer which is present below it. And while printing the last layer, you have nothing to bond with, below it, this is when you need to bridge the overhang.

If the bridge is too long, there will be sagging, or your 3D printing fails. When you are using support, a bit of post-processing helps to hide the attachment places.

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Z-Axis movement should be adjusted

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When the first layer sticks, there’s a line present where the nozzle drags across the surface or perimeter of the print. This happens because of the lack of filament retraction. In such cases, you have to simply adjust this setting to improve the print.

The Conclusion

If you have just started to 3D print, be patient, and don’t expect to not see any 3D printing fails perfect prints. Remember to treat every filament change as a new filament, that too when the roll sits in an open environment.

And whenever you encounter quality problems, look at your setup and change only the setting that needs to be changed, rather than changing too many things at a single time.

Note the changes you have made and then see how the new print differs from the previous one. Remember, every print will allow you to learn something and improve the quality of the next!

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Best 3D Rendering Services: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide https://pick3dprinter.com/best-3d-rendering-services/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 20:12:07 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10499

3D rendering is becoming popular as technology progresses to evolve. With time, people are welcoming better advertising methods and services that aren’t too high yet effective. In such a case, 3D rendering seems to be the best option so far.

Instead of investing in expensive photoshop experts, which cannot compete with the results of 3D rendering, it’s wise to spend on the option that is viable and productive. And, with the increase in demand, the call for 3D rendering services is also surging.

Either you are a product manager, digital marketer, architecture firm, or other business, it is likely that you would need the services of the 3D rendering companies to better your marketing campaigns.

Because the service is getting affordable with passing time, not only the luxury brands but small businesses are also trying to approach the 3D rendering company for enhancing their conversion rate.

And, that makes it even more important to find out the best 3D rendering services available around. The best part is that the 3D rendering online services help make the job faster and hassle-free. Moreover, you can compare the process and performance of each company to find out the most desirable ones.

In this article, we have curated the top few 3D rendering services that you must not ignore. But before looking at those choices let’s look at how 3D rendering, after 3D modelings can add a substantial amount of visual appeal to the object.

What Good Can 3D Rendering Do To A 3D Model?

Generally, rendering is a procedure that occurs after 3D modeling of an inanimate object or living object. With the help of 3D rendering, you are able to transform the 3D model into a video or high-quality image or an animated model.

The work of transformation is done using software such as V-ray, Mental Ray, Solidworks, 3Delight, Corona Render, Lumion, etc. Rendering is specially used to give that object or image, a realistic background by modifying the atmospheric settings, camera settings, optical effects, orientations, and backgrounds.

So, after building a complete 3D model, if you can add photo-realistic effects by using 3D rendering software, you can make the complete presentation more visually appealing. Clients having difficulty apprehending things can easily imagine what to expect.

Thanks to 3D rendering, they do not need any technical knowledge or symbols instead of real things to image the complete 3D model of their project. This is only possible using 3D rendering. A full-scale visual of what the final project is going to look like is possible using 3D rendering after doing the 3D modeling.

3D Rendering assists you in showcasing the properties of real estate to the clients, it shows ideas in a 3D manner using animations, renderings, and virtual tours and floor plans.

With such an asset one can take better decisions related to the construction field or architecture, in which a lot of imagination power is required. This is how 3D rendering if used after 3D modeling, can give a perfect finishing touch to any project.

Now let’s have a look at the services that let you play with such tools in your 3D models.

List of Best 3D Rendering Services

As promised, here we are with the names of those companies that offer great results and are popular for their commendable work in 3D rendering.

The Pro 3D Studio

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Being a reputed company in the 3D design market, The Pro 3D Studio has been consistent by offering the best services to its clients over the years. On their website, you can find the list of completed projects in various domains such as Architectural 3D Design, Product 3D Design, Mechanical 3D Design as well as Animation.

In Architectural 3D Design, The Pro 3D Studio offers you services of Interior Rendering, Exterior Rendering, and Walkthrough. With its Architectural 3D Design services they have helped their clients tailor to their exact specifications and needs. Their 3D designers, by showing creativity, have offered multiple design options by architectural models of various spaces.

Speaking about their 3D Product Designs, they have a separate 3D product designing team that enables its clients to test and refine their design before the actual manufacturing happens. This helps in the development of accurate designs for the products that are expensive and difficult to create using a traditional manufacturing process.

The Pro 3D Studio’s Mechanical 3D modeling services offers a wide range of solutions that help engineers to cover the complete process from concept designing to manufacturing.

Converting a conceptual model into a 3D model saves a lot of time and money because it eliminates the iterative testing procedures. The website helps in performing quality testing before confirmation of the final design.

In rendering, you have options to 3D render furniture, electronic product, automotive product, home appliances, fashion accessories, apparel design, product packaging, and game assets product designs.

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Map Systems

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As a company, Map systems have evolved and turned out to be a reliable name in graphic design, digital conversion, photo editing, real estate photo editing, and 3D services since the year 1993. The company has strong capabilities for supporting technology and showing creativity in projects.

Map Systems provides unparalleled 3D modeling services to businesses of various industries across the globe. They are accustomed to handling various client’s requirements and adept in using sophisticated 3D rendering software.

Even the most complex projects are served to the clients with ease, which helps them gain deeper insights into the project and experiment on it before getting delivering the final decision in the project. Terming themselves as one of the most reliable 3D modeling companies, Map Systems, base their operations on strong foundations of transparency and ethics.

They have strong expertise in creating realistic and precise three-dimensional modes for architectural models. Apart from working in the segments of architecture like industrial, commercial, or residential construction projects, Map Systems have delivered practical and aesthetic game models to global game development companies.

The 3D modelers and renderers used by this company are to deliver world-class 3D CAD modeling solutions. Aerospace, Hospitals, Architecture, marine-based industries, electronics are some areas in which Map Systems have already proven track of satisfying photorealistic 3D modeling and rendering designs.

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Render 3D Quick

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Specializing in creating a photorealistic digital representation of real estate, Render 3D Quick is a platform where you can look for virtual reality tours, house staging, fly-throughs, video tours and just picture perfect 3D renderings.

Render 3D Quick offers a variety of 3D rendering services for creating visualizations that bring in your projects a life that was never before seen.

With the help of its online 3D modeling, you can create a 3D architectural rendering for construction, building, and aerial rendering for prospective investors and interior renderings.

Render 3D Quick has a team of professionals that deliver computer rendering services to thousands of customers worldwide. Their 30-day architectural rendering services come with a money-back guarantee.

This website doesn’t work on any subscription model so you have to pay only for things that you need and nothing else. Revisions of the rendering are also included in the cost of rendering.

At Render 3D Quick they have a team of specialists who have hours of experience of rendering, modeling, and very often they have already completed doing similar kind of project that you come up with. So, they can provide you with the headstart. Their website shows, the number of real estate agents they have already worked with.

Render 3D quick’s architectural models let you gain a whole new perspective on the 3D printed model. Because their 3D architectural models are printed using the latest 3D printing technologies and are then enhanced with details that you require. Mostly they expertise in dealing with architects and developers.

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VegaCadd

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This website is the CAD division of Rayvat Rendering Studio. In this website, they offer Drafting Services, CAD Conversion, 3D Modeling, and 3D Rendering services to Architects, Engineers, Facility Management Firms, and Real Estate Marketing Firms.

VegaCADD has vast experience with Civil and Architectural drafting services that range from Surveying, Conceptual Layout, and as-built drawings. Their recent work showcases interior, exterior, furniture modeling, floor plan as well as aerial work.

VegaCadd is a professional service provider of 3D rendering services. It caters to various industry segments such as Real Estate Brokers, Builders, Architects, Designers, and Surveyors, etc. for their housing projects.

Their services include different packages ranging from aerial view rendering, exterior rendering, interior rendering, floor plan rendering, and virtual home staging. With these services, they help their buyers to visualize the space utilization at various corners of their place.

With VegaCadd you almost feel like you are walking in the virtual reality of the real world. Not only does the buyer gets a complete cut-out view of the property, but also does it enable him/her to witness each element of the space that he/she has bought.

VegaCadd is known for revering and seeking to maintain the highest standards of quality in their core values.

Vegacadd has a five-point procedure that starts from creating a brief about the project, sending references related to the same in the second step, monitoring the process to see how much it resembles the visualized project, making corrections, and finally deciding the format and resolution.

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Dandify Design Studio

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Every company specializes in something that makes them best in that particular niche. And, when it comes to product design such as product presentations, brochures, website as well as advertisements campaigns, Dandify Design Studio remains among the top-rated choices.

The company offers an amazing solution to those looking for advertising their products on a variety of e-commerce platforms. They will get you the most amazing realistic visualizations.

They have been working for a long time to create realistic visualizations for those advertising their products on Amazon. And, they do know the right tricks to get your products ahead of your competitors.

With best in class 3D renderings services, especially facing the white backgrounds, the company has been able to help huge database of clients. Apart from Amazon, they do have clients from Kickstarter as well as Indiegogo who have been able to produce successful fundraising campaigns.

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NexGenDesign

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Amongst all other websites that are mentioned in the list till now, this one is very unique. Not only does it lets you choose the best 3D rendering and modeling companies, but also developers, engineers, architects, interior designers, and other professionals that you need help within your project.

NexGenDesign is a platform that enables you to go on it with your project and return from the platform by getting the complete information that you need for finishing your product.

You can hire a 3D artist on rent or a team that is completely dedicated to 3D modeling or rendering services. 3D Artists that you hire directly talk to you and assist you in doing the work from beginning towards the end. They make sure that you get the work that you required you at the start of the project.

The website also has certain experts for 3D rendering in particular as well the team that is ready to assist you in your project, with them you can view and experiment on various sorts of projects based on architectural visualization, animations, modification of existing drawings, etc.

Overall, this is a complete platform where you can go for various kinds of 3D services. And they assist you with the skilled and experienced team of 3D designers who are ready with a customer-centric approach and enthusiasm to start a project and ensure when it ends, it ends with your satisfaction.

The Conclusion

3D rendering services have been a huge blessing for those wanting to provide their customers with a closer experience of the products. It helps individuals gaze the actual product even before its ready.

For instance, architectural rendering helps in understanding the look and feel of the final project. Hence, helping builders propose their plans in a more realistic way. Hence, choosing the right 3D rendering service is a must when you seek the best results.

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Best Large Resin 3D Printer – Uses and Buying Guide of 2020 https://pick3dprinter.com/large-resin-3d-printer/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:49:35 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10486 Table of Contents

The way to do businesses and their approach to prototyping and production keep on changing with the advancements made in 3D printing.

The technology keeps on becoming more and more accessible and affordable to demands, designers, and engineers. And because of this, they keep on adjusting the technology into workflows across development cycles.

This was true for FDM, SLA, and every technology that was once new. Professionals are helped by industries to cut their outsourcing costs and iterate faster than they used. They can now optimize production processes and if in need, can unlock entirely new business models.

SLA 3D printing is the technology that has undergone many accountable changes in the past years. It is today that the small format desktop printers have started producing industrial quality output at more affordable price points. But, traditionally large resin printers were the ones that did the job.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the most efficient resin 3D printers to date in the industry.

These printers have always surprised people with their ability to produce build volumes that were never seen before. And the quality of parts or functional prototypes that they produced made found them an application in some of the industries that require dimensional accuracy like no other. Before having a look at the list, let’s look at the basics of SLA 3D printing.

Basics of SLA 3D printing

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Whether printers are desktop or industrial, they contain a resin tank or resin holder which serves as a substrate for the liquid resin to cure against. This is something that allows for the gentle detachment of newly-formed layers.

Descending of the build platform into a resin tank starts the printing process. This leaves space which is equivalent to the layer height between the build platform, the last completed layer, and the bottom of the tank. There is a laser that points at two mirroring galvanometers.

The role of the galvanometer is to direct the light to the correct coordinates on various mirrors by keeping the focus of the light upwards through the bottom of the tank and solidifying the layer of resin.

After the layer gets solidified, it gets apart from the bottom of the tank, and it’s the build platform of the printer that moves a little up allowing the new resin flow to happen beneath it. And this process is repeated until the part or functional prototype is completely printed.

Printers like Form 3 and Form 3L uses low force SLA 3D printing. In these printers, the optics are enclosed by a light processing unit, inside which a galvanometer ensures that a high density generating laser beam is positioned on the Y-axis.

This laser beam passes through the spatial fiber that directs it to the folding mirror and the parabolic one for constant delivering the laser beam perpendicular to the build plane and ensures accurate repeatable prints.

The printed part is generally peeled away from the flexible bottom of the tank when the low processing unit moves a little in the X-direction. This drastically reduces all the forces that are exerted on parts that are printed during the print process.

Low force stereolithography reduces forces that are exerted on parts or functional prototypes during the printing process by making use of a flexible tank and linear illumination.

This delivers incredible surface quality and print accuracy. It also reduces the forces that are exerted on parts or functional prototypes during the printing process by using a flexible tank and linear illumination for delivering surface quality which is unmatched.

Low Force Stereolithography makes available to you an improved surface quality and print accuracy at lower print forces, reducing the overall printing cost.

They also permit light touch support structures that can be torn away easily. In turn, the process opens up a wide range of possibilities for the future development of advanced, production-ready materials.

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Resin Desktop Printers VS Resin Industrial Printers

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Stereolithography is the technology that can be used with desktop as well as high-end industrial printers. What differentiates one from the other is the amount of price that you are willing to pay.

It is obvious that the latter costs much more than the former and tends to give its user a wider choice of materials and produce parts and functional prototypes with accuracy than the former.

All the industrial additive manufacturing systems are also designed for repeatability but with that, they also require skilled operators to ensure there is the accuracy of parts maintained.

Against this, desktop printers offer its users ease in use, although there might be parts and functional prototypes that will take much more post-processing times than industrial printers.

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List of large resin printers

Although people do make a conception that the bigger is also better, this rule does not apply to 3D printing. Large-scale 3D printers do offer unique manufacturing solutions that desktop 3D printers cannot achieve.

So, you can manufacture parts and functional prototypes if you wish to and these printers even let you manufacture smaller parts at a faster speed. These are the real advantages of industrial 3D printers.

Now that they have become clear, we present to you the list of best large resin printers.

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3D Systems’ ProX 950

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This 3D printer is one of the largest resin 3D printers available in the market. As mentioned earlier in the article, SLA works particularly by employing a laser to solidify a vat of photopolymer resin.

This allows parts and functional prototypes to build one layer at a time. Here in ProX 950, instead of the general one, two lasers are employed to cure the resin.

By doing so, the ProX 950 produces high-quality parts up to 1.5 m in one go, so there is no need for assembling as such. The high-level surface quality of parts and accuracy can be produced to the level of making them compete with parts produced by CNC machining.

Pro X 950 is not only a solution for producing a large volume of parts and functional prototypes but also smaller parts at a speed that is unbelievable. The ability of this large resin printer to manufacture a wide range of photocurable plastics and composites.

Also, Pro X 950 features a material delivery module for fast material changes so when you are printing with multiple materials, making changes in the printer won’t delay the print time much. Parts and functional prototypes produced by this printer include casting patterns, jigs and fixtures, medical models, and functional prototypes.

The build volume of parts and functional prototypes produced by this large resin printer is 1500 mm * 750 mm * 550 mm. Materials with which you can print using this printer are ABS-like, propylene like, they are castable, can withstand high temperature and composites. The price of this printer is believed to start from $200,000.

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Union Tech’s RS Pro 800

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Made by UnionTech, formerly known as Union-Tek, the UnionTech RSPro800 is an industrial SLA 3D printer. The company is based in China and has its headquarters in the USA and Germany.

This printer features CE certification. Using SLA technology for producing 3D prints of parts and functional prototypes, the UnionTech RSPro 800 has a powerful laser beam that selectively solidifies layers of resin one after the other for forming objects. RS Pro 800 has a large build volume of 800 mm x 800 mm x 550 mm, where users can 3D print objects of up to 150 kg.

It offers a minimum layer thickness wherein it can generate very thin layers of 0.05 mm. The printer’s closed-loop system regulates laser power, resin level, temperature, and accuracy. It is possible to operate this printer remotely and users who wish to change the resin vat can do it with this printer.

Amongst other interesting features of this machine, is the build plate which can be seen from the rear end of the machine. The build plate is a gigantic slab of granite that can provide immense stability and flatness which is required during the ongoing printing process.

Also, what this build plate assures is the ability to print without warping. The company has a series of printers by RS Pro prefix, all of them include an automatic pump that can provide resin refilling with the usual manual method.

It is completely the user’s choice to operate in whichever manner that they wish to. The fact that they can be operated remotely also implies that they can remain unattended while printing large and longer parts.

All of the machines in the RS Pro series comes with one year of warranty service after which you have to pay the standard cost as usual maintenance.

The machine can print with standard resins in various colors such as grey, white, translucent, clear, and black, they are castable resins and are medically certified.

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DWS X Pro S

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DWS is an Italian 3D printer manufacturer that developed this large resin printer that offers build volume of parts and functional prototypes in order of 300 mm * 300 mm * 300 mm.

The machine is aimed towards industrial prototyping in medium and large companies. The XPRO S’s compatibility with a wide range of DWS proprietary resins makes it a suitable large resin printer for investment casting, molding, functional prototypes, and also nano-ceramic resins for 3D printing of end parts.

A laser beam selectively solidifies resin into parts and functional prototypes. DWS is known as a trusted SLA pioneer that is a leader in making additive manufacturing technology 4.0 which was always in talks, come for real.

When everyone is taking bolder steps for the development of this technology, the company already has hit large printers like X Pro S to its name. This printer is one of the first-ever fully automated high-speed all-in-one large resin printer.

DWS has also revealed details of its ground-breaking partnership with one most dynamic additive manufacturing leaders XYZ printing. The latter is an expert in designing professional desktop 3D printers.

Hopefully, an association of both these giants would produce some amazing medium level printers that would benefit the complete market of SLA 3D printing as well as large resin printers.

DWS also shared how it has decided to move decisively for expanding its geographical coverage by teaming up with XponentialWorks and opening a new facility and showroom in California to immediately expand its reseller network and provide local sales and marketing coverage throughout North America.

X Pro S has the ability to produce with materials that are like ABS, like poly-propylene, like rubber and other transparent materials, nano-ceramic materials, and materials that are used to make investment casting models. The price of this large resin printer is $132,000.

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The Conclusion

After its emergence in the year 1980, SLA technology has kept evolving and building cost-effective tools that can be implemented in making parts and functional prototypes with more dimensional accuracy.

Its invention was a gift to every manufacturer that was tired of producing parts and functional prototypes of the quality that the FDM 3D printer produced. SLA was a huge step in giving the consumers apart and a functional prototype with dimensional accuracy and smooth surface finish.

With that, the technology also offers great material flexibility, a wide variety of plastic materials available to print with.

The printing process on which these large resin printers function uses vat photopolymerization technology. Wherein during the production process, a vat of liquid photocurable resin is particularly used for curing a UV laser layer by layer, causing the resin to solidify.

And once the printing is complete, the object can then be removed from the build plate, supports removed and the part additionally cured in a UV oven to ensure that it has completely solidified.

Large resin printers mentioned in this article are industrial SLA printers that are specialized for producing parts and functional prototypes of quality in a short span of time.

They are used by manufacturers all around the globe who can afford to spend more on satisfying the on-going needs of customers i.e. to produce high-quality parts in less time.

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Everything you Need to Know About CNC Rapid Prototyping https://pick3dprinter.com/cnc-rapid-prototyping/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:07:31 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10467 Table of Contents

Let’s start the article by breaking one of the first basic myths about CNC rapid prototyping i.e. you don’t necessarily need a CNC machine for it. So what exactly is CNC rapid prototyping? We will let you know by this article.

One thing most of you reading this would know and that is, it has got something to do with hardware. It is the hardware industry that is currently getting more and more players in the market and has a good number of innovations in it, also new products and the credit to this extremely mobile market can be given to rapid prototyping.

The process of creating working prototypes from 3D models is called rapid prototyping. It has been possible due to technologies like 3D printing as well as CNC machining that we can transform ideas into realities, without compromising much.

Also, these products or prototypes are a lot simpler in developing and affordable. As good as news this turned out to be for big manufacturers, customers of whom also complained about the quality and price before, so good it turned out to be for small business owners.

Any big or small idea can be manifested into a brilliant product idea and take some of the other mature states. Due to the very flexible business model, small business owners can combine with big manufacturers and offer their services.

But before one gets to the production stage, he or she needs to create a prototype for fabrication and other steps. Below mentioned is everything that you need to know about prototyping. Excited?

Why you do not need a CNC machine for CNC rapid prototyping?

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Before understanding why do you not need a CNC machine, we would like to tell, what are CNC machines? They are machines capable of working with various materials like stainless steel, wood, aluminum, etc. and create shapes as well as complex designs.

Because these types of services are now offered online, you do not necessarily need a CNC machine at your place to develop a rapid prototype. Look for services online, for manufacturing various parts and shapes. Figure out which one suits you the best and compare prices.

All that this online service demands from you is the design. For the matter of convenience, they also allow you to send the design in various formats. There are also some service providers available online which can convert your format into the format that the CNC machine understands for CNC prototyping.

So all you need to do is get you CAD or two-dimensional file which has the design of the product you wish to prototype and that’s it. Submit it to the online CNC machine service provider along with specifications. And you will receive a finished product at the delivery address that you choose.

One thing to note here is that these services are accessible to everyone. Not only do you get assistance for developing a product after developing your CAD file or design file, but also you can get assistance for developing the design file.

If possible the online service providers would provide an alternative simple route that would require lesser technical knowledge than otherwise. So, you see you do not generally require CNC machines for CNC rapid prototyping. How cool is that? Also, the design files for basic prototypes are available online, some for free, some costing affordable rates.

So, you can get design files by searching online and if all goes well, you can download it and send it to the CNC rapid prototyping service provider online.

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How does this work?

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Not just this, but any machining, in general, is known to transform a general raw material into a finished product by the means of the material removal process.

Similar to those machining, there are prototype development technologies like FDM 3D printing that relies on the instructions given to machines by a Computer-Aided Design file like the one which we develop on Solidworks 3D.

The CNC machine that we have in front of us interprets or in other ways decodes that design file and gets the instructions for cutting prototype parts.

There are also times wherein the machining processes require using more than one tool for making the desired cuts. In such cases, CNC machines commonly combine tools into common units or cells from which the machine can draw them in.

When it comes to basic machines, they move in one or two axes while the more advanced machines move laterally in the x, y-axis, as well as longitudinally in the z-axis. If you are very lucky you get a machine that also has the capability to rotate on about one or more axes.

These multi-axis machines are capable of flipping parts over automatically, allowing you to remove material that was otherwise underneath. Such type of machines even eliminates the need for workers to flip the prototype stock material and gives complete freedom.

They also allow you to cut all sides without the need for manual intervention, increasing the overall efficiency. You get fully automated cuts that are known to be generally more accurate than what is possible with manual inputs.

However, there are times when finishing work like etching is better accomplished by hand as well as simple cuts that would require extensive design work to program the machine for automation.

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Basics about CNC Prototype Machining

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As we have been talking about in this article, CNC prototyping involves the utilization of 3D solid model CAD designs as the input. Then the machine fabricates the part directly from solid material through a computer-controlled cutting and milling process.

People also have used the term, subtractive rapid prototyping for describing this process. Because it is in contrast with 3D printing, which is sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing.

The reason for that is when the CNC machine is employed to produce a part or functional prototype, it generally does that by removing material from a starting material for creating the final part precisely to the CAD model specifications. And with the modernization of CNC machines, this material removal process is efficient, quick, and accurate to demanding specifications.

It is because of this subtractive nature, that CNC prototyping permits for parts that are made from literally any material that is machinable and commercially available in cast or extruded stock.

What this does is, it provides material versatility and permits prototyping in materials that are often identical. The supplier of CNC prototyping offers an outstanding option for low volume customized products and prototypes with precision results! Amongst the very many benefits offered by prototyping, there are two that stand out.

When you create a prototype, you are actually able to know the flaws that your design has. Because you get to create a model before producing hundreds or thousands of finished products. So your engineering team can identify potential problems, often in the minor geometry or functional issues that are difficult to catch in a computer model alone.

By knowing this, the manufacturer can make the necessary corrections before going into full production, which saves him or her a significant amount of money.

The second benefit that stands out is the human factors, or how humans interact with the product are most often best assessed on the prototype. So the issues such as color, texture, feel light, shadows, temperature to touch, resistance to motion, etc. can be assessed with prototypes.

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Applications of prototyping

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Prototyping and particularly CNC Prototyping can benefit any industry, whether it is aviation, automotive, or architecture, or aerospace, construction, medical. Every single field that requires a finished product with precision and detail is meant to benefit.

What prototyping gives an option for is making edits in the product before making the final product. This is something that was not given before or if it was given, it wasn’t given as efficiently in a timely manner as right now.

By investing in the prototype process with CNC machining, you are consciously reducing the risk of time-consuming and costly mistakes. Similarly, CNC is a viable option for many lower volume production projects. Depending on the geometry and material, that a customer requires i.e.

100 or 1,000 units, CNC prototyping may be an excellent option because it eliminates the need for upfront tooling and molds. And this is due to its on-demand manufacturing methodology. Another vertical when CNC machining turns out to be an outstanding process is when a customer needs a plastic or metal prototype or multiple pieces in low volume manufacturing.

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Benefits of CNC Rapid Prototyping

Undoubtedly you have the checking of the part before it is made, the option to edit your flaws in it. But there are also benefits which you haven’t yet come across.

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The ability to order from anywhere

This is because the online CNC services are, well, available online. You do not necessarily have the only option to stick to local providers for producing your prototypes or one-off items.

What this essentially also means is that you have more options when it comes to finding services that suit your budget and requirements. The only downside here is to decide from the number of delivery times available to you.

Online CNC rapid prototyping service providers have different quality and different delivery times, so it increases the scope of market research which wouldn’t have been the case when you just have one or two shops near to you. It is seen that usually, it takes around 7 to 14 days for the CNC prototyping result to be delivered to your door.

So, as long as you take into account the shipping time, you are free to order CNC services from any provider that suits you best.

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It gives you the ability to order more than just one-off items

The CNC machines are capable of creating complex items from a computer-aided design file. And there is absolutely no limit as to the kind of design you can create or the level of complexity the machine can handle. The more advanced CNC machines are actually capable of producing one-off items accommodating all the immense accuracy and details.

Having said that, CNC rapid prototyping isn’t just useful for producing one-off items. Users can also use CNC to do rapid tooling for mass production of a simple part which is not eccentric.

By going one step further, you can use CNC in conjunction with other technologies such as 3D printing. And that can yield molds for mass production. For creating customized tooling for mass production, CNC is the technology that is going to suit you the most from all the other technologies that is available.

The molds that you produce are guaranteed to have incredible accuracy and an unrivaled level of detail. So as a manufacturer, you have a guarantee when you are using CNC prototyping that your finished products will also be of high quality.

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The Conclusion

Something that is interesting about the presence of technologies like 3D printing and CNC is how businesses, after their invention are really embrace prototyping as part of their product development process. With comparison to the old days wherein, businesses tend to shy away from producing real prototypes until they felt it was absolutely needed.

However, there are some drawbacks to this approach. Faults and potential product design failures cannot always be detected in 3D environments.

As 3D testing is going more and more advanced, real-world testing is still needed to make sure that the product design is sound enough for mass production.

CNC Rapid prototyping services make this a possibility. But plain prototyping is also good for the customers, as the product designers can immediately test customer experience on it and how customers potentially interact with the product in the future. In a way, even before the product is manufactured and shipped to customers, the corrections and improvements can be added to the product design.

This lets you stay one step ahead and start designing what’s next in terms of product according to consumer demand.

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3D Printing Tips: How to Fix & Prevent Stringy 3D Prints https://pick3dprinter.com/stringy-3d-prints/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:05:56 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10437 Table of Contents

Small strands of plastic are seen on 3D prints at places where they should not be seen. These unwanted strands of plastic are called strings. And the prints which have them are called stringy 3D prints.

Stringing is something that can be material dependent, but here in this article, we describe some general things you could do when dealing with strings. Something we also do in this article is that we list down factors on which stringing is dependent. And how by increasing or decreasing the factors, the stringing can increase and decrease.

We will also tell you, how, these factors are related to other scenarios like stringing and by increasing and decreasing them, what effect is this going to have on those scenarios. But first, let’s understand what stringing exactly is.

What exactly are stringy 3D prints?

What exactly are stringy 3D printsCredit: twimg.com

For explaining the scenario we are taking an example of an FDM 3D printer. When the nozzle is traveling across an open space to get to the next point, it may sometimes ooze melted plastic of the filament.

This oozed out melted plastic of the filament then solidifies and sticks to the printed parts forming lines of plastic-like strings connecting one part to the other. These plastic-like lines are known as a 3D printer stringing, and it leaves your 3D printed parts with thin strands of plastic that resemble cobwebs or strands of hair.

This is something that is only observed in practice, so if you read theories about 3D printing, this does not exist anywhere. In theory, the nozzle of your printer nozzle should not deposit plastic as it travels through open air. Although because the nozzle consists of molten plastic it will often leak onto parts where it shouldn’t, leaving your prints with what looks like “whiskers”.

One of the most obvious causes of stringing in FDM printers are using incorrect retraction settings and setting the hot end temperature too high.

However, it depends on the filament to the filament. For example, when you are using PETG the required temperature would be relatively high for melting and is notorious for stringing. But when you are printing PLA and ABS, they have no such issue.

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Factors influencing stringy 3D prints

As discussed in the introduction there are some factors that influence stringing. And by increasing and decreasing these factors you can increase or decrease the stringing. So, let’s have a look at those factors.

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Retraction

RetractionCredit: ultimaker.com

There are times when the printer’s head travels at the places in a print were moving between two printed parts is more and you want to ensure that there is no plastic part left between.

This is the time when you use retraction. What this would do is, when the travel is more, the filament will be pulled back a little bit by the feeder, so that it doesn’t leak from the nozzle over the places where do not want any plastic during the travel. Isn’t this a great option to prevent stringing?

Retraction is a setting that can be found in a slicer named Cura and fortunately it is in the default settings of this software. If you doubt about the retraction setting is on, you can always check it before starting to print.

Another place where you should also be able to see this setting is in the Layers view that slicer Cura offers. It will be visible in small dark blue vertical lines that represent the retractions in the print.

Sometimes while printing some parts, although retraction may be turned on, there are chances that small strands of plastic show up on places where you don’t want it. In such scenarios, you can always alter some other parameters from the ones mentioned below to balance the complete case.

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Temperature

TemperatureCredit: all3dp.com

Temperature is one of the most important parameters for reducing the number of strings. Remember, it is observed that a high temperature means that the material will be more liquid.

This in turn means that there are more chances that while the travel is happening, the liquid is dropped on the print head even if you are using retraction. In this case, by using a lower temperature the material is less liquid and thus less likely to string.

To avoid stringy 3D prints, keep the temperature as low as possible. Although it is not possible for us to mention one temperature that will work for all the materials because different materials have different melting points.

So, it’s hard to say which temperature to use exactly, temperature not just differs according to the material that you are using, but also according to the color of the material that you are using. So, check out various types of print settings that are mentioned for various types of materials and the color of the material that you are using.

If you are someone who always notices stringing on your print, we would recommend lowering the temperature in steps of approximately 10 degrees.

This is to find out what the best setting for your material is, it is a kind of experiment. And it is not true to say that prints of some materials are only available at some temperatures, for example, we figured out that for some prints in PLA we were even able to lower the temperature to 180 degrees.

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Speed

3d printing speed

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Lowering the temperature is one thing, and lowering print speed is the other. If you have understood the stringing phenomenon as a whole, it might not be hard for you to guess that speed also plays the role. By speed here, we mean the print head’s speed.

The print head of the printer travels at a specific speed from one end of the layer to the other end. And it is this speed that we need to control the stringing.

If you lowered the temperature there’s a chance that your material starts under extruding when still printing at a very high speed.

Therefore it’s recommended to reduce the print speed accordingly. This way you should for example be able to reach a low temperature of 180 degrees for PLA with a print speed of approximately 20 mm/s.

Furthermore, it could help to increase travel speed. This way the print head will travel a bit faster so that the material has less time to drip from the nozzle while traveling. A travel speed of 200 mm/s should be fine for most prints.

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Making Sure your filaments are free from moisture

Making Sure your filaments are free from moistureCredit: all3dp.com

Every 3D printing filament is prone to moisture pickup whenever they are exposed to open air. Now, this moisture can be present in microscopic bubbles inside the filament and that can expand.

This expansion can lead to bursting of filament when the filament is subjected to the temperatures of a hot end nozzle. Although the most common result of using a high-moisture filament is a pockmarked print, these moisture bubbles can also increase the chances of stringing.

Generally, a bubble of moisture can expand and also burst inside the hot end nozzle. Here the point to note is that as the bubble expands, it exerts pressure in all directions.

The portion of molten filament that is barely hanging on to the nozzle is also included here. This pressure may be enough to cause the molten filament to flow out the nozzle, creating the stringing effect.

For avoiding stringing and hosting other problems associated with moisture in filaments, the best choice is to store them in airtight containers with a few packets of desiccant.

The other possibility is to dry filaments in an oven or inside a food dehydrator. All you need to ensure is that you use an oven that can hold a set temperature, as the last thing you would want is to overheat your filament and fuse them together.

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Cleaning of nozzle

Once you have done the printing and hours have passed, the filament material will tend to leave a thin residue on the inner surface of your nozzle and this is the case with all the filaments.

Continuous printing using a nozzle that has such a layer of residue can reduce the ability of your new filament to hold on to the nozzle and this can result in stringing.

Stringy 3D prints are an outcome of the molten filament freely flowing out of the nozzle. Even if this might not be the scenario every time, but it is the scenario most of the time and this increases the chances of stringing.

For avoiding this problem completely happen, we recommend cleaning your nozzle after every printing session that lasts several hours or days. And if you think that cleaning can only be done in one way, you are wrong because there are several ways to do this.

However, we will tell you the easiest one i.e. to brush the nozzle using a brush with metal wires. You can also use a piece of filament to do the cold pull method or disassemble your nozzle and soak it in acetone.

Cleaning of the nozzle ensures that you are taking the utmost care for the stringing to not happen. However, there isn’t any guarantee that doing this would not produce any strings.

Stringy 3D prints depend on other factors too. As you can see, some of them are mentioned above too. All you need to do is apply the correct factor at the correct time and this can be done by observing and asking yourself, after getting a stringy 3D print that,” why did this happen?”

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Checking your printer settings

Checking your printer settingsCredit: gr5.org

After getting so many things all right, you should at least check your printer settings and ensure they are correct. And this goes before starting to print every design that you are willing to 3D print. After all, doing trial and error on full designs can not only waste a lot of filament but is also time-consuming.

Luckily, now you also have websites from which you can download design for retraction cubes. Designs on these websites simply consist of several identical cubes separated by gaps of varying sizes. Such designs are a good torture test for determining if you have the most optimal settings for your printer or not.

This involves checking printing temperature, retraction, and printhead travel speed which are the most important ones when it comes to ensuring how to not get stringy 3D prints?

Because the retraction cubes in these designs are generally very small, the whole design can be printed in just a few minutes and uses up a very small amount of filament.

This enables you to know within minutes of your time whether you are going to get a print without strings or not. So, you can correct the other parameter, which is wrong, because of which you are getting the stringy 3D prints.

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The Conclusion

If you haven’t professional 3D designers at work, let us tell you that they are the masters of troubleshooting. And the other thing that we would like to tell you is, there is no single combination of 3D printer settings that will work across different filaments, designs, and environments.

You will have to keep on experimenting hoping the stringy 3D prints won’t come. 3D printing professionals constantly adapt and understand problems, which is why they always come up with solutions.

There are many problems related to 3D printing just as stringing. Addressing them is an as multi-pronged approach, as much as approaching stringing is.

The condition of your filament and nozzle are the two main factors that can cause stringing, and so we recommend you address them first. Only after addressing them, you can play around with printer settings, with temperature and retraction taking the spotlight.

Finally, you can look at the printer’s travel speed as the print head is moving across gaps. To be fair, getting stringy 3D prints is far from being one of the more complex issues you’re bound to encounter in 3D printing. As long as you understand the complete process of 3D printing, stringing should be one of the easiest problems to solve.

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6.9Expert Score
Anycubic Chiron 3D Printer

Affordability
8
Quality
4
Speed
5
Capability
5
Practicality
6
User Expectations
6
PROS
  • Overall, the cabling and general appearance of this printer are neat and tidy. There is a drag chain housing that consists of a thermistor, temperature probe, both fans and leveling probe cables, all these things are organized and the only projection from the hot end being the PTFE filament guide tube.
  • The Anycubic Chiron brings particular delight with its large build area of 400 x 400 x 450mm.
CONS
  • Notable is the fact that while unwinding this printer there are reports of screw falling out will the tapes that you try to remove to unwrap the printer.
  • This printer does not give you the best start, considering the included quality control card has a huge “Pass” stamp.
  • Product
  • Specification
  • Videos
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Model Chiron (Kit)
Manufacturer ANYCUBIC
Price Range $ 499
Release date 2018
Country China
Availability Available
Classification DIY/Kit
Technology Extrusion (FFF- FDM...)
Material ABS, Other plastics, PLA
Filament diameter 1.75 mm 0.07 in
OS compatibility Linux, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Generic material Yes
XY accuracy 0.0125 mm 0 in
Max. build size 400 × 400 × 450 mm 15.75 × 15.75 × 17.72 in
Max. build volume 72.00 L
Max. print speed 100 mm 3.94 in /s
Min. layer thickness 0.05 mm 0.002 in
Dimensions 651 × 612 × 720 mm 25.63 × 24.09 × 28.35 in
Weight 15 kg 33.07 lb
Nozzle diameter(s) 0.4 mm 0.02 in
Power input 110V/220V AC | 50/60Hz
Heated print bed Yes
Heated build chamber No
Automatic calibration Yes
Closed frame No
Dual extruder No
Independent Dual Extruder No
Full color No
LCD screen No
Touchscreen Yes
On-board camera No
Mobile app No
3D scanners No
CNC mill No
Electronics 3D printing No
Laser engraving No
Conveyor belt No
Air filter No
Pellet extruder No
USB No
Wifi No
Bluetooth No
SD card No
Ethernet No

The first glimpse of this 3D printer was shown with a CGI video and the manufacturer hinted for something big. Anycubic Chiron was launched in the heady days of summer and soon after its landing, it became the hot topic in the complete industry how it was pulled out from the digital shelf.

The reason is not just one, but altogether the amazing set of features that Anycubic Chiron has and how low budget 3D printers are produced and consumed in these days.

Early units of this 3D printer were shipped to influencers and publications who were asked to test it. These tests resulted in, complaints about build quality, quality control which resulted in the production halt of Anycubic Chiron.

Anycubic Chiron

The 3D printer was then tentatively re-released to retail at the end of August. Isn’t the story interesting?

If you’ve ever dreamt of building enormous single-piece models, the Chiron will undoubtedly catch your eye with its unmatched build volume.

Chiron is bigger than the CR-10 and Ender 5 Plus, the puts its competitors to shame. Let’s take a look at the complete review to find out more about this much-talked printer.

Features

If you’ve had past experiences with Anycubic’s 3D printers, Chiron would look like a winning 3D printer to you. If not, while buying you might get confused between Chiron and CR-10.

However, the experience of Chiron is of a 3D printer which has some good ideas and a killing feature that the company boasts about and that is the second one mentioned on our list.

However, it also has some quality control issues, tedious automatic bed-leveling, and few other minor irritants. So without saying much, let’s take a look at its attractive features one by one.

Big Build Volume: Chiron’s build size is 400 mm * 400 mm * 450 mm. It is the only printer that comes close to the CR-10 Max, which costs over twice as much. So this feature is something that you must take note and ponder upon. Considering that the desktop is not Anycubic’s territory, you should be impressed with the overall consistency of this printer regardless of the model size or shape that you opt for.

Ultrabase Print Surface: The talk of these features comes while speaking about printing huge projects. It’s important that any 3D printer’s model stays securely attached to the build plate during the entire printing process. And in times like these, nothing feels worse than managing only to get a large model’s 75% completely, flawlessly from the base, and ruining the other. Thankfully, the printer’s generous build plate made by its manufacturer has the Ultrabase coating, which works better than any glue or tape. This print bed material makes all filaments stick firmly to the printer’s print bed. And it is because of this feature that removing large prints with Anycubic Chiron is easy, once the build plate cools down.

Chiron Allows You to Print Using Various Filaments: The quick-heating glass i.e. Ultrabase print bed allows users to print with a wide variety of filaments that includes material like ABS, PLA, TPU, and PETG. The specialty of Ultrabase coating is that it makes adhering and removing models easier than with most other print beds as mentioned above. Chiron has a huge build size so the print speed is understandably slow, around 20-30mm/s, and travel speed also is around 60mm/s i.e. maximum. And it’s not that Chiron has good quality prints only with the popular materials, which each of the material mentioned above, Chiron has amazing layer resolution.

Sturdy Design: When it came to catching people’s eyes, Anycubic stuck to the same old glass bonded design to a perforated grip sheet faintly, that is known for holding prints effectively when hot, and releases them when they are cold. Chiron has a towering frame that is constructed from aluminum extrusions which were brought in place with metal T-plates. However, the base of Anycubic Chiron serves as a home for many parts. LCD power supply, Trigorilla mainboard, MOSFETs, etc live in there. Whilst, all the ports, and connections of the printer are located on the right-hand side of its base unit. Doing this has given the overall assembly and easy-go. Setting the complete thing up takes 25 minutes or so even when you are following the well written and illustrated assembly instructions that the manufacturer gives you out.

Assembling Is Easy: The device is shipped to users in a partially unassembled state just like most of desktop printers. The owner of the machine has to mount the frame on the base and set up the wiring and cabling. As mentioned in the previous section, the complete procedure takes no more than 20 – 30 minutes. Apart from the printer, you have a removable sensor for calibration, a spare hot-end, a PLA filament spool, an SD card and a card reader, a USB cable, an instruction manual, gloves, pliers, a spatula, tweezers and a toolkit in the complete package making the assembling procedure easy.

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Specifications

Anycubic Chiron specifications

The printer is based on FDM technology and has a build volume of 400 mm * 400 mm * 400 mm. The print accuracy of Anycubic Chiron is 0.05 to 0.3 mm and the positional accuracy of the printer in the X and Y axis is 0.0125 mm while in the Z-axis it is 0.0020 mm.

Chiron comes with a single extruder and has a nozzle diameter of 0.4mm and a print speed of 20 to 100 mm per second. This printer can print using PLA, ABS, HIPS, Wood, and TPU.

It has an ambient operating temperature from 8 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius and an operational extruder temperature of 260 degrees Celsius.

One can connect to this printer using a memory card and Data cable. The extensions of the file that you get from this printer are.STL, .OBJ, .JPG and.PNG.

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Price

Listed at just $429 on Anycubic’s website, Chiron has hosts pretty impressive features that are mentioned in the list above. Overall, Chiron has some cons too, like every 3D printer does while working with it but the cost is completely justified.

This might be the best machine for hobbyists and designers, so it goes without saying that Chiron does perfectly well with newbies who are looking to experiment with the technology.

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First Impression

As mentioned above, the frame of this printer is made from extruded aluminum, which is also an important feature of Chiron.

Because not only does it provide rigidity to the whole construction, but it also offers overall support to every user of this 3D printer. After observing this printer, one can easily notice the Cartesian kinematic system that it’s based on.

However, the Ultrabase Pro print bed is where the manufacturer scores. This technology, developed by Anycubic designers, not only makes the printer stand out but also provides them a stable adhesion of the model on the print bed surface in the process of printing.

It offers easy removal after completion. And the microporous coating that the bed has firmly gripped the object in the process of printing.

Once the printing is over, the print bed cools down, and the microporous coating contracts and the ready-made printed object is easily removed from the bed.

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Setup

As mentioned above, the printer comes partially assembled, and completely assembling it does not take more than 30 minutes if the manual of this company is followed.

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Printing Type/Cost

You can print using various materials in this printer, so the printing cost various widely than in other printers. Also, the printer is based on FDM technology so the printing is going to happen layer by layer.

The time taken by the printer to complete its printing process is slow overall compared to its competitors. These are the point that is needed to be kept in mind if you are a small business owner who is going to run his/her business using this printer.

Otherwise, for hobbyists or academic institutions or even professional designers or engineers, these points aren’t much of an issue.

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Print Quality

Anycubic Chiron print qualityCredit: All3dp.com

Compared to other printers in the price list, the print quality of parts and prototypes that are printed using the printer is average and nothing fabulous.

Even though the company had to postpone its release and the company claims to have solved the issues that were found in the first versions of this printer, there are some issues with print quality.

And they have particularly to deal with the layer visibility on the part and not the correct amount of surface finish.

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Software

Files for Anycubic 3D printers are sliced with the Cura slicing software. Alternatively, you can use other available software, such as Simplify3D. In order to transfer the ready G-code into the printer’s database, you can use the package SD card or USB cable.

Unlike most other Chinese manufacturers, the company of Anycubic delivers its 3D printers with a full set of documentation which is something to cheer about.

All the materials concerning this device’s specifications, assembly, and operation manual, as well as necessary software, can be found on the SD card so rub off your impression of dealing with a Chinese 3D printer before Anycubic Chiron.

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Customer Service

Anycubic is a renowned name in the 3D printing industry for its customer service and 24*7 assistance that the company promises to provide. You can get support from an e-mail, via phone or Skype, however, you like.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

According to what we have noticed, your buying decision should be based on parameters such as the cost of the printer, its quality, speed, capability, practicality, and your expectations. Let’s look at each one of those for Chiron by Anycubic

3D Printer Cost: The overall cost of Chiron is a little high but the build volume that it offers compensates for the quality issues that it has.

3D Print Quality: Anycubic Printers are not known to provide excellent quality so manufacturing functional prototypes is a problem with this printer.

3D Print Speed: Chiron, like other, is a desktop printer that produces a little less than 15 to 18 mm per second.

3D Printer Capability: Overall, Chiron is not that capable as the competitors in this price range.

3D Printer Practicality: Small businesses that are typically looking to produce parts of larger build volume without spending much can opt for this printer.

3D Printer User Expectations: Anycubic has gained a name in the 3D market by satisfying their user expectations i.e. producing cheaper 3D printers and making sure the technology which wasn’t available to a specific economic class is available through them.

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The Verdict

Anycubic Chiron has one of the biggest printable areas available in the segment of desktop 3D printers so if you are looking to print large parts and geometries, buy it.

Chiron has a solid robust construction, Ultrabase Pro heated bed, multi-fuel extruder, calibration sensor, and runout filament detector, apart from the large build volume.

The device fully responds to the requirements of the users, who need large-format printing at a very affordable price with guaranteed high-quality results.

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Best Ceramic 3D Printer – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide in 2020 https://pick3dprinter.com/ceramic-3d-printer/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:49:20 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=6208

According to the result of a survey, it is believed that ceramic 3D printing would generate $3.6 billion by the end of the year 2028.

The number of ceramic 3D printers getting sold is increasing with the number of industrial solutions available for this printing method.

More and more manufacturers are looking for the design quality that can be offered by this method.

Ceramic 3D printing can be done by different processes namely Binder jetting, Stereolithography, and Material Extrusion. And in this list, we have tried to cover printers based on all of these technologies.

Industrial Grade Ceramic 3D Printer

Outsourcing ceramic 3D prints can also go good for parts and functional prototypes, but in-house production makes a difference. We have selected four ceramic 3D printers that are industrial grade, expensive, and capable of mass production.

Cera Fab S Series

Cera Fab S Series

This series features three models i.e. S25, S65, and S230. Manufactured by an Australian additive manufacturing company named Lithoz, Fab Series printers are based on DLP technology.

Because of the DLP technology, the printers are known to produce high resolution in their prints. However, high resolution is not the only feature that they possess, modular design is also another interesting feature of this printer.

This feature allows producing a combination of up to four production units because of which one can increase the output production by a considerable amount.

A build volume of 192 mm * 120 mm * 320 mm and a layer resolution range of 10 to 200 micrometers can be produced in the prints produced by these printers.

Cera Fab S Series 3D printers are well-known to produce parts and prototypes in the field of aerospace, biomedical, and jewelry. The basic price range of S Series printers is from $50,000 to $100,000.

Admaflex 300

Admaflex 300

Manufactured by a Netherlands based company Admatec, this printer is the first offering by this company. The root of Admatec is, Formatec, which is a 3D print service offering company.

Admaflex 300 was made available in the year 2013. The 3D printer is mainly meant to produce large-scale parts that have built a volume of 200 mm * 200 mm * 300 mm.

Admaflex 300 too, like every Cera Fab S Series printers, is based on DLP technology. The specialty of this printer lies in its patented feedstock system and a vision-based monitoring system that allows users to monitor errors in the printing process and rectify it immediately.

And because Admaflex 300 is a modular machine, one cannot just limit his/herself to ceramic 3D printing on the printer, but also open up to metal-based 3D printing.

The layer thickness range that the ceramic 3d printer can produce is 10 to 200 micrometers. The cost of Admaflex 300, is more than $250,000.

X1 160 Pro

X1 160 Pro

This ceramic 3D printer is manufactured by a German company named Ex One. It is to be noted that X1 160 Pro is the company’s largest ceramic 3D printer that operates on binder jetting technology.

Originally manufactured to produce only metal materials, ExOne has not much time before, announced ceramics like alumina and silicon carbide that can be included in the list of materials that can be operated on X1 160 Pro.

Medical and Aerospace are the two main industries that this 3D ceramic printer targets. With a build volume of 800 mm * 500 mm * 400 mm, X1 160 Pro can produce part size that is usually produced by investment casting.

Parts and prototypes of layer thickness range 30 to 200 micrometers can be produced using this machine. X1 160 Pro is also priced at the same level as Adma Flex 300 is priced.

C3600

C3600`3d printer

Like Cera Fab S series, C3600 is a ceramic 3D printer based on the stereolithography process. This 3D printer is manufactured by a company based in France named 3D Ceram.

The company is renowned for gifting the world of additive manufacturing with some of the most innovative 3D printers and C3600 is no exception.

The 3D printer hardens liquid ceramic material layer by layer as any 3D printer based on SLA technology does. C3600 is a 3D ceramic printer that is used for mass production.

This 3D printer provides a layer resolution of 30 microns over the entire surface of the product. Like X1 160 Pro and Adma Flex 300, C3600 is also priced more than $250,000.

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Medium Grade Ceramic 3D Printer

Cheaper than industrial-grade printers, yet satisfactory of producing more or less the same result.

These medium grade ceramic 3D printers would give you a touch of domestic as well as industrial printers. We have chosen four 3D ceramic printers that have this kind of quality.

Ceram Two

Ceram Two 3d printer

Manufactured by a New-York based company called KWAMBIO, Ceram Two uses binder jetting technology to produce ceramic 3D parts and prototypes.

Though the company is based in New-York, this 3D printer is manufactured in Ukraine. Coming to the interesting features that this ceramic 3D printer offers, one can choose the glaze he/she wishes to see on the part that’s produced.

Ceram Two offers 100 different choices that include different finishes starting from complete matt to complete gloss. The printer boasts of leaving no visible layers on the final part or prototype.

Ceram Two has a build volume of 350 mm * 350 mm * 380 mm and is specially targeted towards jewelry and ceramic 3D parts industry.

This 3D printer is half the price of the printers that are mentioned in the above list or even lesser than some. $45,000 is the price of Ceram Two.

3D Potter Bot Series

This series’ printers are arguable the first dedicated 3D ceramic printers for the pottery industry. All thanks to the large volumes of undiluted ceramic materials that are available in these printer’s output through the sizable capacity ceramic extruder.

These large volumes of ceramic material prove to be a continuous flow and precise printing that is needed in the pottery industry.

The usual feedstock system is not used in these printers and the hysteresis caused by hoses is also something that is gotten rid of. Delta Bots is the name of the company that has manufactured these printers.

The manufacturers have made sure they have designed large vessels. Scara V4 can be taken as a typical example of this Potter Bot series. It is generally seen that they can print up to a meter’s height.

These printers use the material extrusion 3D printing process to print parts and prototypes. The build volume of Scara V1 is 254 mm * 254 mm * 305 mm. Currently, there are 6 printers available in this series that fall in between the price range of $2,850 to $17,850.

Delta WASP 2040 Clay

Delta WASP 2040 Clay

WASP is the name of the Italian manufacturer who has manufactured this 3D ceramic printer.

Known for their delta printers, WASP 2040 Clay made headlines when first brought in front of the public for making housing shelters in developing countries.

Although currently, Delta WASP 2040 Clay operates on material extrusion 3D printing technology, when they were first brought in place in front of the public, they used the LDM clay extruder system.

There is one more printer in the WASP series namely WASP 40100 Clay. Both the 2040 and 40100 Clay model is specially designed for clay printing technology. WASP 2040 has a build area of 400 mm * 240 mm and a minimum layer height of 0.5mm. The 3D printer is priced at $3,300.

Stone Flower 3.0

Manufactured by a company based in Munich, Germany, Stone Flower 3.0 is one of the newest addition to DIY ceramic 3D printing.

Parts and functional prototypes in the field of arts, architecture, and design can be built using this 3D printer. Apart from ceramics, Stone Flower 3.0 can produce parts made up of plaster, pulp, wax, porcelain and even soldering paste.

The build volume that this 3D printer can produce is up to 480 mm * 480 mm * 500 mm. This 3D printer comes with a 5-inch touch screen, with which it can be operated and can be connected with a wi-fi.

For adapting third party systems, the company has offered a clay extruder add-on system in this 3D ceramic printer. Every kit of this printer includes a ceramic extruder, a print head, and a control unit. The overall cost of this printer with its kit can come down to $3,850.

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Beginner Grade Ceramic 3D printer

These are 3D printers that work differently with different materials. If you can change the tool-head that they carry or vary the pre-setting that is done on them, you can go well with ceramic 3D printing as well.

One thing to note is that they are not specifically made, keeping ceramic 3D printing in mind, but still can produce some of the most amazing ceramic 3D parts. We have three printers on this list.

Z Morph VX

Z Morph VX

Unlike other 3D printers on this list, this one cannot be operated with any other material except for ceramics. Z Morph VX is known to produce parts and prototypes using FDM technology.

CNC Milling, laser engraving, and other tool head functions can be offered by this 3D printer. Because of its thick paste extruder, some variations of plastic can be produced using this 3D ceramic printer.

The tool head of Z Morph VX costs $249. One can afford this printer if the demand at his place of ceramic parts is low.

In a scenario wherein one is forced to buy kits of Stone Flower or WASP, the printer becomes unaffordable. The build volume of this printer is 530 mm * 555 mm * 480 mm. Z Morph VX is available for $2,799.

Formlabs Form 3

formlabs form 3 3d printer

Based on the SLA 3D printing technique, the review of Form 3 is excellent. Because this 3D ceramic printer can be used by small businesses, it becomes a valuable addition to the engineer’s or the designer’s office where it goes.

The latest update in this 3D printer is the new ceramic resin, which has made it popular in the list of 3D ceramic printers.

As the printer was already known to be one that can produce industrial level precision in domestic level costs, this latest update just adds on to the already given title.

Having a build volume of 125 mm * 125 mm * 165 mm, Form 3 is rather small when it comes to producing large parts and functional prototypes.

But as said earlier, when it comes to quality SLA printing, Form 3 takes the market to a stir. This 3D ceramic printer is priced at $2,850.

Cerambot

cerambot 3d rpinter

If measured from “who got a headstart in Kickstarter campaign?” this printer wins the show hands down. Cerambot was able to drive in $300,000 to its manufacturing Chinese company.

The manufacturer has made sure that this ceramic 3D printer has its ceramic extruder kit that can be attached to well-known FDM 3D printers.

These extruders are available in two versions namely: CERAMBOT Air and CERAMBOT Pro. The Air ceramic extruders work with a manual air compressor, while the Pro ceramic extruder works with a control panel.

The design of these extruders is so kept, that it is easy for beginner users to use them. CERAMBOT is priced at $299.

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The Conclusion

Ceramics have always been a preferred material in the field of 3D printing. More commonly, ceramic 3D printers are associated with pottery, kitchenware, medical, jewelry, aerospace, etc.

Because of producing complex parts, this technology is one of the top choices when it comes to manufacturers. A lot of money is been invested in this technology and familiar technologies like FDM are also getting associated with it.

If you do not wish to purchase a 3D ceramic printer and just wish to get the service, 3D Ceram, Kwambio and Formatec are the names of the top 3 service providers in the field of 3D ceramic printing.

They work on ceramic printing using different 3D printing technologies and produce some of the finest parts that the industry has ever seen.

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6 Common 3D Printer Problems and How to Avoid Them https://pick3dprinter.com/common-3d-printer-problems/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:16:24 +0000 https://pick3dprinter.com/?p=10420

Additive manufacturing technology has surprised everyone with its nuances of perks it offers to its users. From complex models to precise details, technology makes things possible in a matter of time.

However, getting caught up into common 3D printer problems isn’t too rosy. Rather, it could be highly infuriating. How about you start working on your 3D model and find out that the nozzle is blocked? You may have to wait a little more to get things working properly before you could start your printing project.

There are certain problems that are easy to tackle. However, there could be many other problems that may be too stubborn to go on its own. And, who likes to lose time and effort when not able to get the desired model after carrying the compete for the printing process?

Hence, it is always better to find the root cause of such common issues associated with 3D printers and work in advance to ensure there are minimal to no chances of occurrence of these setbacks.

In this article, we will be outlining some of the major and most common 3D printer problems and their probable solutions. Hence, offering you a better understanding of unexpected situations that may arise when working with these amazing 3D printers.

List of Most Common 3D Printer Problems

As stated before, 3D printers do have a lot of potentials, but only when, used correctly. You cannot just start the machine and print whatever you need. For smooth experience and without your machine getting into hiccups, you must ensure that you are well aware of the common issues connected with 3D printing.

To give you a more thorough outlook of what you may expect, here are a few common 3D printer problems that often bug users when printing 3D models. Also, with each problem, we have included the solution for the same.

Incorrect Selection of 3D Printing Process or Material

Incorrect Selection of 3D Printing Process or MaterialCredit: all3dp.com

Every 3D printing process has its own set of perks and few limitations. Likewise, the same goes for the materials you choose. For instance, FDM 3D printers are the most affordable choices and provide easy workflow when compared to other printers.

But you cannot achieve the amount of accuracy and preciseness as you can accomplish with SLA or SLS 3D printers. These technologies are capable of creating isotropic models where layer difference is not visible. This is not true for FDM 3D printers though.

On the other hand, SLA 3D printers are slow and costly to own. And, these often are difficult to manage. Also, the materials used in different 3D printers vary.

While FDM 3D printers use a filament, which are polymers such as ABS, PLA, etc. However, SLA 3D printers work with resins. And, SLS 3D printers make use of powder. There are other technologies as well with different material options such as metal and other alloys.

So, you must choose the technology that is compatible with the material you wish to work with. When making the selection, there are many factors that come into play.

These materials offer varying physical and mechanical properties to the 3D models. Likewise, the choice of 3D printing process also ends up with varying model’s properties.

When selecting the right one, you must gather enough information about each process and material. This way you can avoid ending up with an unwanted 3D part.

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Stringing is Very Frustrating

3D Printing StringingCredit: ultimaker.com

Isn’t that true? FDM 3D printers are the ones that are prone to this problem, stringing. What exactly is stringing? Stringing results in strings of plastic woven around the printed part.

This happens because of the leaking of filament where it is not required. This not only makes your print look terrible, but your parts may not be usable at all, even after post-processing.

There are a few ways to stop this from happening in the first place. You can tweak the temperature settings and test your prints with a few degrees change in the temperature. This may be a quick fix for simple 3D models.

However, when the models are too complex, you may have to look for other solutions. And the best way to do this is by enabling the retraction setting.

When the setting is turned on, the filament retracts back inside the nozzle until the nozzle head starts moving again. Hence, ensuring that the leaks are in control and filament are not deposited when not necessary.

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First Layer Adhesion Problem

First Layer ProblemsCredit: prusaprinters.org

Let’s talk about one problem that almost every maker must go through when working with 3D printers. Hence, it is one of the most common 3D printer problems out there: The first layer not sticking properly.

When the first layer fails to attach, the entire base is ruined for the 3D model. This ultimately results in a failed print.

In other words, a lot depends on how stronger is your first layer adhesion is. The next layers of the 3D model rest on the first layer.

If it is not strong enough to hold the pressure of the rest of the layers, the print may fall in between. Or else, it would shift and create a ladder effect, running the entire 3D print.

All these do seem like a big concern for those 3D Printing. You must not like watching your 3D print fall in between. Would you? That is why it is important to learn the cause of this problem and how to stop this from happening.

First of all, the first layer adhesion can become flimsy because of the greasy build platform. Hence, you must ensure that the build plate is clean before you start every new print.

You can use a wipe to clean the surface and remove any dirt sticking on the surface. The other reasons for weak first layer adhesion could be incorrect hot end temperature or blockage of nozzle.

All these problems could be corrected effortlessly. Try increasing the temperature of the hot end. Or, using a wider nozzle for more firm first layer could also help avoid the issue.

Above all, you do have other ways to increase the first layer adhesion. For instance, the use of glue sticks, hair spray, and other adhesives. These would certainly help achieve stronger first layer adhesion. And, better print results for all your models, irrespective of the complexity of the design.

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How to Stop 3D Part Warping?

Part WarpingCredit: 3dsourced.com

If you have been working with 3D printers for quite some time now, it is rare not to fall prey to warping. This is also one of the most common 3D printer problems which often leads to irreversible 3D part failures. It is as scary as it sounds. Making the entire part ugly and improper to use, it leads to failed prints.

So, what is warping and how does it happen? Warping results in bend edges. The edges start bending upwards, creating a warping of parts. What’s worst is that the problem also leads to cracking print segments. Warping is a very unwelcomed problem and occurs because of uneven and fast cooling. Learn more about 3D warping here.

During warping, the filament starts contracting, distorting the compete for the 3D part. But, gladly, there are many ways to resolve this problem. Somewhat the problem also depends on the first layer adhesion. Hence, the better the first layer adhesion is, the lesser are the chances for warping.

To solve the problem, you can prefer using a closed 3D printer for maintaining a consistent temperature. However, that does not mean that enclosed 3D Printers do not go through this issue at all.

If that is the case, try using a pre-heated build plate. Or else, you can also maintain the temperature for the first layer just below the melting point of the material in use. This will allow the first layer to sit flat on the surface of the build plate.

Do not forget to ensure that the build plate is properly leveled. If all of these fixes still seem insufficient, try using adhesives for stronger first layer adhesion. The better is the first layer adhesion, the lesser is the possibility of warping. As mentioned before, isn’t it?

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Filament Extrusion Stops in Between of the Print

Filament Extrusion Stops in Between of the PrintCredit: ultimaker.com

Among all the obvious reasons, there are two common ones for the occurrence of this problem: 3D Printer not able to extrude after completing a certain percentage of the print.

Yes, it is pretty frustrating to see your print halfway done after returning back when expecting to find a completed model. This is a very common 3D printer problem and must be taken seriously.

Not every 3D printer has the ability to start from the point, the filament stopped extruding. And, you may end up creating the entire model again. Hence, losing money and time.

So, why not understand the core reason for the problem and stay alert to ensure such issues do not stop you from completing your 3D printing jobs in between?

The first thing to notice is the amount of filament left in your spool. Whenever you start your 3D printing project, look for the filament still left inside your 3D printer. In case, it seems too low, do not forget to refeed the filament spool to ensure uninterrupted printing.

For larger and complex prints, that may eat up the filament spool, you must keep an eye on the printer’s action to be ready to feed the filament whenever needed.

Now, that was about the insufficient amount of filament stopping the printer from extruding in between the prints. However, there is one more very probable reason that you must not avoid considering. And, this could be due to the blocked nozzle. Yes, if the filament is not clean, it may carry dust to the nozzle head.

In such a case, the dust will start building up at the nozzle end, ultimately blocking the flow of filament. Hence, stopping the print job in between.

When you find out that the filament is already stacked up and the printer is not extruding, you will easily sense the blocking problem. So, clean the nozzle and try again.

There is one more reason for 3D printing stopping in between. And, this is due to the overheating of the motor driver. So, you can simply turn off the machine for cooling it down and start printing after a little break.

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Inconsistent Extrusion of Filament

Inconsistent Extrusion of FilamentCredit: duet3d.com

Moving towards the last of all the common 3D printer problems, this is what you often come across: an inconsistent filament extrusion. Before you would realize that the problem is there, the 3D print may even be out of your control to manage.

The problem may not seem bigger in the beginning, but trust this, you may end up with a failed print. And, what could be more heartbreaking than a complete print getting wasted?

So, why not find a solution to the problem before it leads to bigger issues later. To start with, ensure that the filament is not tangled. Ensuring that the filament is tangle-free, you can allow the filament to move freely to the nozzle end. Or else, it may lead to inconsistent extrusion.

The other way to avoid this is by ensuring that the nozzle is not blocked. Clean your nozzle before starting every new print. This would certainly reduce the chances of inconsistent extrusion a lot.

Not to forget, this problem also depends on the quality of filament in use. If you are using a poor-quality filament, this problem is very obvious to occur. So, try to pick your filament from a renowned manufacturer. Or, the ones you have tried for best results before.

The Conclusion

3D printing is not an easy task. Although the machine takes care of all the hard parts, you do need to keep an eye on the entire process.

Either you are a beginner or an expert, the common 3D printer problems may bug anyone. So, why not take necessary precautions to keep these at bay. And, if encountered, you must know the right tricks to solve it right away.

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