|Re: Reduce material usage/cost [message #59396 is a reply to message #59389 ] Mon, 31 December 2012 00:56 UTC
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.
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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