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TOP 1O TIPS
for Design for 3D Print
Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
Kacie
Hultgren
“Pretty small things”

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
#1
Avoid
Overhangs

•

45 Degree Rule

•

Keep in mind as your design

•

Or, cut up a design

Top Ten Tips for Design for...
Plated Okapi by: PrettySmallThings - Derived from Original by : Masayuki
Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker F...
#2
Add Custom
Support

Make your own, custom, smarter
support to avoid waste.

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - M...
Snoopy by: offcentercreations

Mike Wascowski by: offcentercreations

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Fair...
#3
Ditch the
Raft

If you need more adhesion, add
“mouse ears” or “helper discs” for
extra stick where you need it.

Top T...
Mouse Eared Rocket Fincan by Tbuser
Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
#4
Know your
Details

As a rule of thumb, the smallest
feature you can create is double
your threadwidth + fudge factor

T...
Wicker Chair by: Pretty Small Things

Font Test Card by: Design Make Teach

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Make...
#5
Design in fit
tolerance

Test your tolerances before you
start, so you can plan for success.
.25mm offset is a tight fi...
#6

•

properly

•

Control wall thickness on vases

•

Aid in adhesion

•

Use Shells

Shells add strength

They can back...
Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
#7
Optimize
walls for
threadwidth

Use multiples of your threadwidth
for thin walls.

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Print...
#8
Orient

•

Resolution refers to Z-height, and
it’s not equal to X/Y resolution

resolution

•

This is especially impor...
#9
Orient
for Stress

Print can delaminate or break
along layer lines. Orient parts so
the stress is perpendicular to the
...
Pin Connectors V3 by Emmett
Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
#10

Pull design elements to the platform

Tackle
print in
place
Umbrella by: Zomboe

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Print...
#10

Use 45degree overhangs to build up & out

Tackle
print in
place
Rotator Cuff Bracelet by: Eric Young

Top Ten Tips fo...
#10

Use bridges for captive parts

Tackle
print in
place
Hinged Box by: anewsome

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing...
#10

Gap print carefully

Tackle
print in
place
Sealed Bearing by: Barspin

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Make...
Kacie
Hultgren

Twitter: @KacieHultgren
prettysmallthings@gmail.com

“Pretty small things”

Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D...
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This is a presentation I gave at Maker Faire NYC 2013. I outline my top 10 tips for designing optimized models for desktop FFF 3D printers.

You can see the live presentation here: http://youtu.be/Z8ZthdEifOo

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Top 10 Tips for Design for 3D Printing

  1. 1. TOP 1O TIPS for Design for 3D Print Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  2. 2. Kacie Hultgren “Pretty small things” Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  3. 3. #1 Avoid Overhangs • 45 Degree Rule • Keep in mind as your design • Or, cut up a design Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  4. 4. Plated Okapi by: PrettySmallThings - Derived from Original by : Masayuki Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  5. 5. #2 Add Custom Support Make your own, custom, smarter support to avoid waste. Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  6. 6. Snoopy by: offcentercreations Mike Wascowski by: offcentercreations Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  7. 7. #3 Ditch the Raft If you need more adhesion, add “mouse ears” or “helper discs” for extra stick where you need it. Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  8. 8. Mouse Eared Rocket Fincan by Tbuser Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  9. 9. #4 Know your Details As a rule of thumb, the smallest feature you can create is double your threadwidth + fudge factor Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  10. 10. Wicker Chair by: Pretty Small Things Font Test Card by: Design Make Teach Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  11. 11. #5 Design in fit tolerance Test your tolerances before you start, so you can plan for success. .25mm offset is a tight fit .4mm offset is better for removable parts Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  12. 12. #6 • properly • Control wall thickness on vases • Aid in adhesion • Use Shells Shells add strength They can backfire on thin walls Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  13. 13. Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  14. 14. #7 Optimize walls for threadwidth Use multiples of your threadwidth for thin walls. Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  15. 15. #8 Orient • Resolution refers to Z-height, and it’s not equal to X/Y resolution resolution • This is especially important with sloping parts for best Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  16. 16. #9 Orient for Stress Print can delaminate or break along layer lines. Orient parts so the stress is perpendicular to the layer lines. Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  17. 17. Pin Connectors V3 by Emmett Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  18. 18. #10 Pull design elements to the platform Tackle print in place Umbrella by: Zomboe Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  19. 19. #10 Use 45degree overhangs to build up & out Tackle print in place Rotator Cuff Bracelet by: Eric Young Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren Windsor Chair by: PrettySmallThings
  20. 20. #10 Use bridges for captive parts Tackle print in place Hinged Box by: anewsome Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  21. 21. #10 Gap print carefully Tackle print in place Sealed Bearing by: Barspin Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren
  22. 22. Kacie Hultgren Twitter: @KacieHultgren prettysmallthings@gmail.com “Pretty small things” Top Ten Tips for Design for 3D Printing - Maker Faire NYC 2013 - Kacie Hultgren

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