- Design a Product
Thicken your engraved/embossed text to make it easier to read
Though 2mm details will show up in this material, we find that bigger text will show up more clearly. Small embossed details may be hard to see (left). Small engravings may be filled in with powder or solid material (right).
Thicker models are more difficult to bend
Flexibility depends on the structure and design of the model. The thicker you make something, the less flexible your product will be.
Final model dimensions may be slightly thicker than original design
Elasto Plastic tends to print slightly thicker than indicated by the design file. Models can be up to .4mm thicker in the Z direction and up to .2mm thicker in the X and Y directions. If you have a .8mm thick wall, it may come out to be 1-1.2mm. Our production planners will do their best to align your model to minimize the impact of this extra thickness.
Prevent walls from warping on larger models
Large models with thin walls may warp depending on the geometry of the part. Because this material is flexible, bigger parts with thin walls will drop due to gravity. You will get the best results if you scale the width of your walls so they are better aligned with the longest dimension.
Print lines or "Stepping"
Depending on the geometry of your model and orientation in the print tray, you might see print lines, or “stepping” phenomena on your model, which is a natural artifact of 3D printing using the SLS process. SLS printing works by printing layer by layer, and while our layers are around 0.15mm thin, there is a "step" between each layer, much like a staircase. Certain areas of your model may show this effect more than others, particularly on curved areas. This is also more obvious in smaller items such as model trains or items with gentle curves such as spheres. We make every effort to minimize the print lines in your model, but they are part of the process and cannot be completely eliminated.