Discover the latest news, tips and tricks about 3D printing. We continually analyze and test new products and materials, in order to ensure the traceability and quality of our entire catalog, sharing our conclusions and our experience.
The main advantage of compact SLS 3D printers is material efficiency. With the proper laminating, printing and post-processing practices, the production costs can be further optimized and 1 kg of SLS powder can be used to its maximum potential.
Microwave sintering presents numerous advantages over conventional sintering but it has its limitations too. Read how the French CRISMAT labs overcame those in a microwave sintering experiment featuring susceptors 3D printed with the Zetamix White Zirconia filament.
FDM 3D printing is one of the most accessible additive manufacturing technologies for those who want to create their own personalized functional gadgets, decorations, toys, games, dioramas and more. Find out what and how you can make with your FDM 3D printer.
Recently, the concept of high-speed FFF 3D printing has become very popular with the launch of the Hyper FFF kit for Raise3D's Pro3 series, followed by high-speed print features on the Bambu Lab X1, Ankermake M5, Prusa MK4 and Creality K1. Are these promises of up to 5 times faster print speeds without compromising on quality realistic?
During printing, high-temperature extruded plastic undergoes volume shrinkage due to cooling. In some materials such as PLA this shrinkage is very low (between 0.3 % and 0.5 %), so it is not usually problematic, however other materials such as nylon 12 can have up to 2 % shrinkage or in the case of PVDF even up to 4 %, causing significant deformations in the parts.
When designing and preparing parts for 3D printing it is very important to take into account the resolution limit of our equipment. It is advisable to avoid elements with a smaller size, as the printing quality of these elements will be very low and in many cases, the laminating software itself will omit them.
The printing temperature of a given filament depends not only on the type of material, but also on the printing conditions. Printing speed, nozzle diameter, extruder type or the distance between the extruder and the hotend have a considerable influence on the optimum printing temperature
Thermistors are the most common and simplest sensor to implement, as they are connected directly to the printer board, while thermocouples are composed of a bimetallic junction that varies its conductivity depending on the temperature. This post explains the types on the market and the common problems with these sensors.