25 August 2017 13:31
While we’ve previously looked at some of the sophisticated, professional-level CAD software available, it’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily need to spend a huge amount of money to delve into 3D modelling and printing. There are a range of free CAD software tools available online that can be successfully utilised for industrial 3D printing applications. These can potentially be used for education, home use, or introducing 3D printing to a manufacturing operation for the first time in order to gain the support of external stakeholders. Here are some of ...
09 May 2017 17:15
Anyone -- amateur and professional alike -- who has ever printed a 3D CAD model has utilised 3D slicing software. Slicing programmes are the tool that translate 3D models -- everything from simple geometric shapes to complex medical and architectural models -- into information that the printer can use to bring the design to life. Crucially, the right 3D slicing software will allow you to strike the perfect balance between fast printing and the quality of the printed part, so it’s important to select the right tool, and make effective ...
17 February 2017 16:31
Any quality 3D printed product -- whether it’s a prototype or production part -- begins with a quality file, with all data properly checked and any errors repaired. A process for preparing the 3D model for printing should be established as part of an effective workflow management plan, with the appropriate systems and tools put in place to minimise any chances of human error. As your foundation, before sending any file to 3D model for conversion into STL format for printing, consider the following six areas:   1) Will your 3D printer and choice of ...