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Mechanical Parts for 3D printing: a series of tutorials

In the coming weeks we will be putting a series of tutorials live on designing mechanical parts for 3D printing. We have been amazed will all the things our community has produced so far and in order to help you amaze us and your fellow community members more we will be giving you a lot of information. 

The information will deal with our White, Strong & Flexible material. This flexible and strong material has a high accuracy and is well suited to making mechanical 3D printed parts. Today we have put live a tutorial giving you some background information on the process limitations and technical background that you will need. 

This is not for everyone, it is kind of dry and might be complex at times. We do feel however that there are a lot of people out there that would benefit from experimenting with the data we give you. We want to arm the people that want to push the envelope of what 3D printing is and what is possible with it.  

The first tutorial will give you the background information, later we will be giving you information by EOS the machine manufacturer of the SLS(Selective Laser Sintering) machines we use to make our White, Strong & Flexible parts. We will also have a tutorial showing you the results of our tests on the material itself. Furthermore we will give you some gears, axles and other mechanical parts that you can use along with formulas on how to make good gears and springs for 3D printing.

These tutorials came about based on extensive tests and work by Dick Tiekink, a Shapeways community member and talented mechanical engineer. Others are based on information and testing by EOS, the manufacturer. We hope you will join us in thanking both profusely for making this big step in 3D printing possible.

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