Questions tagged [3d-printing]

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

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How to calculate the adhesion I need to keep a 3D printed bending part straight?

3D printed parts cool down during printing, resulting in thermal contraction which causes a bending moment and separation from the printing bed. The issue is solved by increasing adhesion to the ...
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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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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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Calculating Z-axis Torque on a 3-D Printer

I recently built a large CoreXY 3D printer and I am wondering if my 4 z-axis stepper motors combined will have enough torque to accelerate the build plate with a heavy 3d print. During the building to ...
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What are the limits of small 3D printed gears?

How much tangential force should I expect a 10~20mm pitch diameter/1.5mm gear module 3D printed rack and pinion system to support without breaking nor sliding?
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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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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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Is there any cost effective static stress simulation for rapid prototyping (FDM / 3D-printing)?

I've been using the static stress simulation (computed locally) which, until recently, has been free with the Personal licence of Fusion 360. Is there a reasonable alternative? The cost that Autodesk ...
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Calculating Gearing Ratio from Constrained Rotational Linear Arc and Horizontally Opposed Rotation

I'm 3D printing an aircraft throttle unit as a POC and am trying to calculate the gearing ratios that are required in order transfer the full range of linear motion into a directionally opposed sensor ...
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Could Bidirectional Rotary Damper be good for a 3D printed car steering?

I am designing a car steering and i do not want to use any sort of gears or motor. Would a bidirectional rotary damper work? I want the steering to feel more real and not too free.
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Recommendation of different materials for 3D printing flexible parts

I am planning to 3D print this part from solidworks. I am hoping to achieve a good level of flexibility with the clasps in this part. Thin circular arc in the Top drawing. and Wider circular arc in ...
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How to use mesh as a reference object in Solidworks?

Suppose I want to design some device against a scanned 3D model like eyeglasses. I have imported STL model and drew a reference plane by three points of it. I can ...
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3D printer printing out cotton-candy like material after repeated use

I recently purchased a JGMaker Magic 3D printer. It worked well for about 3 months [first picture], but now it is having a lot of trouble. As you can see in the images below, when printing new pieces, ...
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3D Printing Models exported to DWG from STL using 3DS Max have missing surfaces

I want to edit some STL projects with Inventor. According Autodesk documentation, since Inventor is not able to edit mesh models, the most practical way without installing other software in my ...
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Could 3D printing be done at a distance e.g. by pointing laser?

Could 3D objects be printed from a distance? Say, by pointing a laser at a stone wall? I'm not concerned with whether the requisite technology already exists or would be difficult to build, but ...
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Cutting lego “+” cross-axle holes, lego knobs?

In short, I'm looking for ways to reasonably precisely machine a "+"-axle hole, Lego compatible sockets, Lego compatible knobs, Lego compatible round peg/axle holes, and other cutouts for Lego-...
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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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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 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 ...