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icon4.gif  Reduce material usage/cost [message #59389] Sun, 30 December 2012 22:19 UTC Go to next message
avatar aarondobie555  is currently offline aarondobie555
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Hi,
I have just finished my design and uploaded it here;

http://www.shapeways.com/model/849346/skateboard-longboard-t ool.html?li=my-models&key=030d720464e11be71584036015b52f 6b

and was wondering if anybody could recomend how to reduce the cost - is it a case of the total volume of material in the design , or is it the size block the material would be cut from?

Thanks,
Aaron
Re: Reduce material usage/cost [message #59396 is a reply to message #59389 ] Mon, 31 December 2012 00:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stonysmith  is currently offline stonysmith
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Effectively, your object is a cylinder 17cm long. If you want it to be able to apply any significant amount of torque, you'll have to have it nearly solid.
That means it's going to be expensive.
http://stonysmith.com/wired/VolumeEstimator.asp?L=20&W=2 0&H=170&T=0

3d printed items are not "cut from a larger block".. they start out as powder that is welded together by a laser, or as a liquid that is hardened by UV rays. You pay only for the volume of material consumed.

If you had the option of making the item hollow, then you could reduce the price considerably, but if you want to use it to tighten/loosen bolts.. hollow won't withstand the torque.


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Re: Reduce material usage/cost [message #59404 is a reply to message #59396 ] Mon, 31 December 2012 12:31 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar aarondobie555  is currently offline aarondobie555
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Thankyou for the reply, I think I will have to find another method of construction Smile

Thanks Again,
Aaron
Re: Reduce material usage/cost [message #59474 is a reply to message #59389 ] Wed, 02 January 2013 13:53 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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There is this crazy method for reducing volume http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-printing-on-the-cheap/


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