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Expectation Management

Expectation Management

So you’ve heard all the hype and excitement around 3D printing, and rightfully so, 3D printing is a very exciting technology with the potential to do amazing things in the right hands. However, we should be realistic when it comes to our application. 3D printing isn’t the be all and end all of manufacturing. Some drawbacks do apply. That said, additive manufacturing technology is progressing at an ever increasing rate, and what may be an impossibility today could well be the norm in a years time.

You can 3D Print Any Object With Our Service

We wish this was true, believe us. However, due to the way we print objects in layers, overhanging and very enclosed objects become hard to print. This is because when using FDM, overhanging layers have to be printed onto a “support structure”, which has to be removed later. If  your print has too much support, this can make post processing very difficult. Objects with excessively small wall sizes can also pose problems for our printers(along with being intrinsically weak.) Make sure when you design or buy a model from the internet it is specifically designed for 3d printing; this should prevent any issues that you could encounter otherwise.

You can 3D Print Objects of Any Size

At Vivid3D, our printing service can indeed print objects of quite large sizes, however bare in mind this will be expensive. The larger your model, the longer it will take to complete the manufacture of your print and this will induce a larger cost overall. Larger models may also take more time in post production finishing services and might take more time to prepare for print in the first place. These are all considerations we have to make when pricing our service.

3D Prints are Strong

Well, they have the ability to be extremely strong, but this depends on the models you use and the material that is used to print the model. ABS provides a good balance between strength and cost, being one of the cheapest materials we supply.  It is also important to remember that FDM(fused deposition modeling) prints in horizontal layers, this means that the model will be naturally more resistant to impacts from the Z axis but slightly weaker along the X and Y axis along which the layers are fused.