Reduce material usage/cost

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by aarondobie555, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. aarondobie555
    aarondobie555 New Member
  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    Effectively, your object is a cylinder 17cm long. If you want it to be able to apply any significant amount of torque, you'll have to have it nearly solid.
    That means it's going to be expensive.
    http://stonysmith.com/wired/VolumeEstimator.asp?L=20&W=2 0&H=170&T=0

    3d printed items are not "cut from a larger block".. they start out as powder that is welded together by a laser, or as a liquid that is hardened by UV rays. You pay only for the volume of material consumed.

    If you had the option of making the item hollow, then you could reduce the price considerably, but if you want to use it to tighten/loosen bolts.. hollow won't withstand the torque.
     
  3. aarondobie555
    aarondobie555 New Member
    Thankyou for the reply, I think I will have to find another method of construction :)

    Thanks Again,
    Aaron
     
  4. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team