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The process of creating three-dimensional objects out of plastic or other materials using a device similar to a printer.

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What does stress analysis of 3D printed parts reveal vs their normal counterparts?

I have seen videos or heard about 3D printed buildings, 3D printed space shuttle parts and more. There seems to be a lot of craze developing around 3D printed manufacturing. I have never heard anyone ...
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How much force is required to push a liquid out of a syringe? [duplicate]

It's about 3D bioprinting and I need a calculation on how much force is required (pressing on the syringe piston) to push out the solution with known density. Moreover, there are few more ...
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Stability of lattice or mesh supports for printing

Support structures like lattice supports, tree supports or wire supports are being widely used in metal printing or FDM as they minimise the wastage of material and power consumption. In addition, ...
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Cad file for turnstile mechanism/ one-way clutch/ one-way rotation?

I am writing my first 3D cad-file and I want to place into it a turnstile mechanism (a mechanism that allows a fixed axis to rotate only one way, and not in the opposite). Are there cad-templates for ...
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Prototype for Injection Molding

Mold for Injection Molding is very expensive and is justified for mass production. However, at Prototype stage, how we make the same part with less expensive method. I know 3D Printing is a way but ...
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What is the tolerance on gear pitch?

I'm trying to make a gear to mesh with a motor shaft that I bought online, but it doesn't give any information about the pitch or diameter. When I measured the diameter and pitch of the motor shaft, ...
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What surface to use for 3D printer?

I'm mechanical engineering student who want to construct 3D printer. I have a problem choosing right and cheap material for bed. Bed will be big for a 3D printer, around 700mm x 500mm. I want to print ...
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3D printed houses and energy efficiency in Germany

I have just learned that in Germany you wouldn't be able to print a house because of existing rules, especially regarding energy efficiency. Isn't it possible to print an insulating inlayer to fulfil ...
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Dimensions on a STL model

I have an STL file, all I want is to be able to measure dimension from point A to point B on the model in the file. How can I do this? I do have access to Solidworks but don't know if that the best ...
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Sealing a rotating shaft in a 3D-printed part

I need to seal a rotating shaft that protrudes through a wall in a 3D-printed enclosure I am designing for a school project. The enclosure is for what will be a small generator that will be used in ...
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Are 3d printed gears (ABS) suitable for long term use?

i want to print a worm gear for a robot. This robot will work every day for at least 10 hours. The gears size is about the half of a sheet paper. I searched the internet for example in industrial use....
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Simple and easy Open Source CAD tools for basic 2D and 3D designs [closed]

We are planning to start a basic course on Computer Aided Designs (2D and 2D) for high school kids. The idea is to help them shape their innovative ideas into something tangible. We shall finally ...
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Is it likely that a 3d printer will ever be able to print a copy of itself? [closed]

3d printers are still at a relatively basic stage and currently not capable of printing entire complex machines that require multiple materials. Is it possible that they will ever be capable of ...
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General purpose automated assembly?

I've been using 3d printers for prototyping for a long time, and I'll admit it's incredibly convenient to be able to throw together a CAD model, send it to the printer, and have it ready to assemble ...
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How to water seal a metal plate into the wall of a plastic water tank?

I have a 10 x 10cm square plate of metal I would like to insert into a hole in the wall of plastic water tank (cube shape), I'm planning on 3D printing the tank itself (only 1-2 litres). What would ...
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Why does the Ultimaker 3D Printer has a Heater + Heater transfer plate (aluminium) + Glass?

Why does the Ultimaker 3D Printer has a Heater + Heater transfer plate (aluminium) + Glass? I wonder why a glass plate, and if is possible to remove the glass and print directly in the aluminium ...
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How to design CAD bevel gears from known outside diameter?

I'm working on a problem where I need to design and 3D print bevel gears to fit in the inside of a box and transmit a gear train around the inside corner, as roughly illustrated by the cross section ...
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How to build a pivot linkage for a robot.

I have asked this question in 3DPrinting.stackexchange forum but got no answer answer. Please take a minute to see if you can help. I am building a simple RWD vehicle using 3d printer parts. See the ...
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Thickness of a 3d print general purpose plastic/PLA 230 V ~ isolator?

I'd like to design a minimal thin light switch which holds an illuminant with standardized socket, e.g. E14, E27, and has itself such a socket to be screwed in a support and a switch which will be ...
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Is “pitch diameter” the same as the distance between the centers?

I am designing gears in FreeCad, and printing then on a FlashForge Finder. I want to know if the pitch diameter is the same as the distance between the centers of the two gears. Both gears are ...
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Can photopolymers from 3D printer be fused together like for thermo plastics?

I'm considering getting a SLA 3D printer, but the big uncertainty is whether I can build large things like propellers by printing them piecewise and fusing them together like you can with ABS and ...
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Implementing PID feedback control

I'm a Junior computer engineer working on a project involving a 3d printer. It is a mobile printer with the print head attached to wheels which move along the x,y axis of the surface it is printing on....
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Is the construction of a high-speed 3D printer (replicator from Star Trek) possible? [closed]

Yesterday I asked this questions on physics part of stackexchange, but I was redirected to engineering side of the force ;-). We all know about the rapidly developing technology of 3D printing. ...
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Stretch part of object in Autocad or 123D Design

I'm quite new to using 3D Drawing programs, except a bit of work in Google's Sketchup. As I'm trying to draw a model that should be 3D printed, and heared that Sketchup is kinda bad practice for this, ...
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How do I “subtract” sketches in CAD?

I am using 123D Design to build a model for 3D printing. What I want to build is a large 2D rectangle with several smaller rectangles inside. Then, I want to extrude the larger rectangle, but leave ...
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Snap fit on an enclosure

I am designing an enclosure, and top and bottom should be linked thanks to snap fit. I have to use 3D-printing to make both parts. The material is ABS. I made some trials, but they keep breaking. I am ...
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Why is 3D printing with metals so uncommon?

What are the differences between the processes of 3D printing with plastics versus metals? Why is metal such a problem? There are plenty of metals with low melting points. And AFAIK metal can be ...
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How to hold electrical wires on a part?

We are looking for a solution to hold two Power cables on a 3D printed part. This part is installed in a vibrating environment. So we need the cables to be pressed not to move and not to transfer ...
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Easily accessible material for maximum grip on a prosthetic hand?

Currently in the process of developing a 3d printed prosthetic hand and I am in need of advice on the type of rubber (or other material) we should use at the finger tips to give it more grip. The hand ...
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How to secure a rotating disc so that it has no wobble

For a 3D printing application, I need to have a spinning disc(that I will rotate via geared stepper motors) that will wobble as little as possible. By wobble, I mean that it will only rotate around it'...
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How do you create a chamfer in 3D CAD that joins the edges of two different shapes?

I am trying to make a 3D model. It consists of a cylinder resting on an extruded ellipse as you can see in the picture below. I now want to join the top edge of the ellipse with the top edge of the ...
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Are ABS/PLA too volatile to be used in cryo vacuum?

I need to use a custom part inside high vacuum (cryo vacuum), for example as a shadow mask. If PLA/ABS are not volatile, I could just print the part I need. The question is, are ABS or PLA too ...
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What should the size difference be between a lid and a container?

I am designing a box and lid (for a home-made micro computer). Using Autodesk Inventor (Student Version), I've created my box which looks something like this: I plan on 3D printing (ABS Plastic) the ...
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What is the maximum degrees per step of a stepper motor for a 3D printer?

I am making a reprap rostock (delta style printer) and I am trying to use as many parts I already have as possible. The stepper I have are 7.2 degrees per step. Even with microstepping, would this ...
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How do you make a 3D print with an accurately aligned bore hole?

I am printing a wheel with a 2.5mm hole in the middle to accept a shaft of a motor with a set screw. The problem I am having is that the wheel is always wobbly when spinning (sometimes more, sometimes ...
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Can I use AutoCAD to learn mechanical engineering by DOING (like programming)?

I would like to learn mechanical engineering as a side project. But, I would like to learn in a way similar to programming. Learn by doing. Of course I understand I can't build things automatically ...
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What material for DLP/SLA 3D printer bottom window?

What material is used for the bottom window of 3D printer that the cured resin layer does not stick to and that it is transparent to the uv (365 nm) light? And what material is used for the top plate ...
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Evaluating performance of heat sink designs without finite element simulation

I have the opportunity to do a few metal 3D prints for just the material cost, and would like to experiment with the performance of heat sink designs (mostly for fun). Since I have no experience ...
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How to prevent vibration loosening whilst maintaining adjustability?

I have some height-adjustment nuts screwed onto vertical threads to support my print-bed for a 3D printer. They are domed nuts and the aluminium build-plate sits on top of the domes, three holes in ...