Design rules for 3d printing

Discussion in 'Design and Modeling' started by rizwan_elias, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. rizwan_elias
    rizwan_elias New Member
    I am trying to compile a list of design rules that could/should be followed in order to successfully model and manufacture a part by 3d printing. As we are aware, 3d printing has given us more freedom in the design state, however, it has its limits, for example there has to be a minimum wall thickness , or overhangs should have support structures, etc. I believe some rules will apply to certain technologies, materials or features.
    Anyway, what rules do you think we should follow when designing for 3d printing?
    Looking forward to your replies.
  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    Something to consider... "minimum" thicknesses need to be expressed in terms of how large an object is.
    If you are making something 15cm long, it will need to be significantly thicker than something that is only 1cm long.
  3. AmLachDesigns
    AmLachDesigns Well-Known Member
    When you print with Shapeways, the Materials pages tell you most of what you need to know.
  4. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    If you are looking for design rules specific to printing with shapeways, you can find them on the Materials pages as mentioned by AmLachDesigns. These are to some degree dependent on the processes used, but also on the requirements for safe and efficient handling and cleaning of parts in a service company the size of shapeways. If you have all the time in the world and/or only a short distance from the printer to a showcase where the part will spend its entire service life, you can probably get away with much thinner structures. On the other hand, including dedicated support structures for overhangs in your designs is a specific requirement of fdm printers not relevant to the processes shapeways uses. So if you are looking to compile a set of design rules that encompass all printing processes and environments from the simplest home printer to the most advanced and/or experimental industrial processes you are probably not going to achieve that goal.