Lower 3D Printing Costs

It doesn’t matter if you’re an industry professional or a hobbyist. It is a priority for everyone to diminish costs without sacrificing quality. Here are some great ways to lower 3D printing costs…

“One of the most important things to do in order to obtain great 3D prints is, in my opinion, drawing and preparing the model in the right way. The same object can give very different results in printing depending on many factors. Changing the orientation of the object can dramatically improve its solidity and also reduce or even avoid supports.

Typically, supports are generated when the overhang is more than 45° to avoid the collapse of the structure. If your model cannot be manufactured without the supports, some software, like Autodesk’s Meshmixer or Simplify 3D, can be used to manually draw them to optimize the printing process. Using little or no support means less material used for printing and an inferior post processing time.

Another way to lower costs of 3D printing is to use appropriate G-code parameters for your model. Decreasing the percentage of infill in the print (you don’t always need very high infill, especially with “decorative” prints and things like vases, penholders and so on) will reduce the plastic you need up to a quarter, but will also reduce the solidity of your objects.

If you print a lot of objects, you could consider buying bigger spools or placing big developer orders with a lower price per kilo. There’s also a possibility to make your own ABS or PLA filaments from pellets but this would require a bigger investment in an additional machine like Filabot or Filastruder.”

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Categories: Design & Process