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Printable in stainless steel? [message #45844] Thu, 22 March 2012 20:30 UTC Go to next message
avatar jbalgley  is currently offline jbalgley
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Just wondering if the following would be printable in stainless steel. The material thickness is 1.0mm. I could bump that up a little, if necessary. I have printed it in WSF and it is immensely strong ... unless you poke at an individual vertical member. Would Shapeways' minimum wall thickness checker automatically reject it? Or does a human assess it and see that it is obviously quite strong, i.e., the structure is really 8mm thick (the main thickness of the ring). This is just one sample; I would have other similar shapes.

Re: Printable in stainless steel? [message #45865 is a reply to message #45844 ] Fri, 23 March 2012 12:58 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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As far as I know stainless requires at least 1.5 mm and 3 mm is recommended. You just have to follow these rules.

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Re: Printable in stainless steel? [message #45920 is a reply to message #45844 ] Sat, 24 March 2012 14:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stop4stuff  is currently offline stop4stuff
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If the vertical (in your image) parts have a minimum in-any-one-direction thickness of 1mm then it might print, but that would depend on the overall dimensions. i,e, a small item with 1mm walls is going to survive handling between printing & infusion better than a large item with 1mm walls. Stainless can be successfully printed quite thin if supported well.

Re: Printable in stainless steel? [message #45926 is a reply to message #45920 ] Sat, 24 March 2012 16:58 UTC Go to previous message
avatar GlenG  is currently offline GlenG
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I think this part could be all right. The structure is inherently strong. It will be a judgement call for the tech dudes when the file is reviewed. If it was my design I'd add .5mm overall thickness. The $$ difference should outweigh the potential no print stamp.


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