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Design Guidelines for Detailed Plastic

The rules to follow in order to create successful products in Detailed Plastic. Read more on model checks
Max bounding box 250 × 250 × 200 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must fit within these dimensions.

For Detail Plastic, the maximum bounding box is determined by the size of the printer we use to create your product.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box fits within our maximum limit. If it does not, you can try scaling it down, removing unnecessary features to reduce the bounding box, or considering another material with a bigger maximum bounding box.

Min bounding box 2.5 × 2.5 × 1.0 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must be bigger than these dimensions.

For Detail Plastic, the minimum bounding box is determined by the printer's ability to successfully print very tiny products.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box of your product is larger than our minimum. If it is not, you can try scaling it up, thickening, combining, or enlarging parts and features, or consider a material with a smaller minimum bounding box.

Min supported wall thickness 1.0 mm

A supported wall is one connected to other walls on two or more sides.

For Detail Plastic, the minimum supported wall is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Walls that are too thin will break when the semi-solid support material is removed from the product with a waterjet blaster.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the supported walls in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wall requirement.

Min unsupported wall thickness 1.0 mm

An unsupported wall is one connected to other walls on less than two sides.

For Detail Plastic, the minimum unsupported wall is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Walls that are too thin will break when the semi-solid support material is removed from the product with a waterjet blaster.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the unsupported walls in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or considering a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wall requirement.

Min supported wires 1.0 mm

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. A supported wire is connected to walls on both sides.

For Detail Plastic, the minimum supported wire is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Wires that are too thin will break when the semi-solid support material is removed from the product with a waterjet blaster.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the supported wires in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wire requirement.

Min unsupported wires 1.0 mm

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. An unsupported wire is connected to walls on less than two sides.

For Detail Plastic, the minimum unsupported wire is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Wires that are too thin will break when the semi-solid support material is removed from the product with a waterjet blaster.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the unsupported wires in your product are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or considering a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wire requirement.

Min embossed detail 0.2 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Embossed details stick out from a surface.

For Detail Plastic, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail.

Min engraved detail 0.2 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Engraved or debossed details go into a surface.

For Detail Plastic, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail.

Min escape holes 10 mm . Bigger models should have bigger escape holes.

Escape holes allow unbuilt material inside hollow products to be removed.

When printing in Detail Plastic, hollow parts of your product are filled in by a semi-solid material which must be removed before we ship it. While a good deal of this material comes off without any issues, the rest must be scraped away manually with a scalpel.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure that hollow sections include sufficiently large escape holes so that these cavities can be cleaned out. If they do not, try adding more escape holes, enlarging existing ones, or filling in the hollow section.

A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape. So we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

Clearance 2.0 mm clearance

Clearance is the space between any two parts, walls or wires.

Detail Plastic is printed in acrylic plastic with a waxy support material, which is then broken off by hand and with a scalpel. When the clearance between parts or features is too small, it becomes impossible to successfully clean out the support material.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make the clearance between parts, walls, and wires greater than the indicated minimum. If your clearance is too small, try making the gap bigger, or consider fusing the parts or features if their independence is unnecessary. You can also try a material with a smaller minimum clearance.

Interlocking and enclosed parts? Yes.

Detail Plastic is printed in acrylic plastic with a waxy support material, which is then broken off by hand and with a scalpel. This enables interlocking parts, as long as the clearance is greater than the indicated minimum.

Multiple parts per model file? Yes.
Accuracy ± 0.1 mm

More On Designing for Detailed Plastic

Design tips
Ensure your model can be cleaned

Hard to clean models will be rejected, here's why. During printing, the cavities in your model will be supported by a waxy material which must then be removed before we ship it. While a good deal of this material comes off without any issues, the rest must be scraped away manually with a scalpel. If you design a model with cavities that make such scraping difficult, then unfortunately we cannot produce this model.

A good rule of thumb is that if it can't be cleaned with a scalpel the size of a ball point pen, it will most likely be rejected and require a redesign.

Transparent Detail is translucent, but can be clearer when polished

The Transparent Detail will actually arrive with a translucent finish. With hand polishing, however, a yellow transparency can be achieved. Please note, this material is brittle so the thinner you make the model, the more difficult it will be to polish without breaking your model.

Material Info

Look and feel

Detail plastic is an acrylic-based photopolymer that comes in white, black and transparent. We recommend using this material for smaller, detailed products that don't face high stress or heat. The level of detail for these products is high, but individual layers are more visible than in Strong & Flexible plastics.

Handling and care
This material
  • is watertight
  • not foodsafe
  • not recyclable
  • not dishwasher safe

Detail plastic is heatproof to 48ºC / 118.4ºF degrees. Higher temperatures may significantly change material properties.

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Disclaimer:
Please note that the 3D printed products are intended for decorative purposes. They are not suited to be used as toys or to be given to underage children. The products should not come into contact with electricity and be kept away from heat. Our materials, except for 3D printed glazed ceramic, are not food safe.
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