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What's the smallest I can make this model in alumnide while still retaining the details? [message #64535] Thu, 21 March 2013 01:32 UTC Go to next message
avatar Oreosmooshy  is currently offline Oreosmooshy
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So I'm making a pendant and am wanting to print it in alumnide. Problem is, 1) I like small pendants and 2) I'm really cheap so the smaller the better, and I'm not sure how big to make this. Currently it's three centimeters tall, which is about as big as I'm wanting to go. Could it be printed in this size with the details intact? And if not, could I print it at this size or smaller in frosted detail? Confused

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(I used slightly different colors to show what is embossed/engraved)

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Re: What's the smallest I can make this model in alumnide while still retaining the details? [message #64544 is a reply to message #64535 ] Thu, 21 March 2013 02:57 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stonysmith  is currently offline stonysmith
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Three CM should be reasonably large enough.
Each of the materials has listed a Minimum Detail value.

For example: WSF has "Min Embossed Detail: 0.2mm (recommend 0.5mm for readable text)"

That means that anything less than 0.5mm will likely disappear from your model.


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Re: What's the smallest I can make this model in alumnide while still retaining the details? [message #64575 is a reply to message #64535 ] Thu, 21 March 2013 13:05 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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You may get a rejection, as your standing ledges look taller than they are thick. If they are thinner than .9mm and taller than they are thick you will probably get an unsupported wall rejection. Now the minimum embossed detail for Alumide is .7mm. I don't think, if accepted, your details would disappear, but they wouldn't be as crisp if they are below .7mm.


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