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Top 10 Tips for Design for 3D Printing

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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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