When you have your 3D model, you have to go through a slicer program that will generate the code you need for the printer to work. Of course, you will have to experiment with slowly getting to know your printer and what parameters you can change to improve your work. With additive manufacturing this is essential now.
3D printing technology has developed at a tremendous speed and, year after year, new forms are emerging to meet different industry needs. Knowing these options is important to choose the best one that best fits your business needs. Here we will cover only 3D printing in plastic, for metal and ceramics follow our future posts!
Plastic Filament (FDM / FFF)
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology is the simplest and cheapest of 3D plastic printing. That is why it is the most developed worldwide. It uses a plastic filament reel as the base material. This filament is pulled and heated at the printer extruder nozzle. The nozzle passes over the table depositing it, layer by layer, thus constructing the piece.
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It is quite simple to use, to understand and to design for it. In a short time it is possible to achieve very good results. FFF is perhaps the technology with the widest range of materials available from flexible plastics to those of high mechanical strength like Nylon. There is a large variety of materials developed and one as large as under development. Among them is the water-soluble Limonene, …