07 April 2017 14:45
Achieving the right polygon count is an essential part of achieving a professional result with 3D printed parts and prototypes. The polygon count determines the level of detail in the finished printed part, and so will need to be sufficiently high to capture the appropriate level of detail. However, this is not simply a question of setting the count as high as possible, as this can lead to a number of issues that will disrupt your project flows: Unmanageable file sizes. The higher your polygon count, the larger the resulting ...
20 March 2017 18:33
Since their introduction in 1987, STL (Stereolithography) files have remained the default format for printing in the field of additive manufacturing. In this tutorial, we’ll look closely at this file format and share a few ways to make more effective use of its capabilities as part of your own additive manufacturing projects. How they work STL files are available in both ASCII and binary formats, although in practice, binary representations are more commonly used in additive manufacturing to minimise file sizes. ASCII-formatted files are typically reserved for testing new CAD interfaces. Models generated ...
15 March 2017 18:02
“Compared with a traditionally cast part, a printed [part] has superior strength, ductility, and fracture resistance, with a lower variability in materials’ properties.” Elon Musk   While plastic-based materials have been utilised for the majority of additive manufacturing projects since the technology’s inception, recent developments in metal printing materials mean that producing functional metal parts is now not only feasible, but worthy of serious consideration for a range of industries. The possibility of using additive manufacturing techniques to deliver parts with the same mechanical qualities as their machined counterparts has helped open the ...