Steel Ring - Vizor (defying the Stainless Steel rules)

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by cooldjez, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. cooldjez
    cooldjez New Member
    Next to the fact that I like this ring very much myself (it is based on one of my older designs in silver), the biggest thing with this design is that the three rings that make up the design are only 1mm thick and have a depth of 2mm (the tube on the front has a diameter of 1.5mm). That said the ring still feels very sturdy.

    I know that this defies the 3mm wall thickness rule for Stainless Steel, but I feel that this has to do with the way the ring is shaped.

    At the back, the ring has a solid part that is 2.75mm x 2mm. This probably gives the printer a solid platform to start from, so that the thinner parts at the top/front can be supported.



  2. dadrummond
    dadrummond Member
    I think you're within initial specifications for steel. The 3mm wall-thickness limit only applies to "medium or large parts", whereas this ring is a small part (<50x50mm). Steel has higher resolution than WSF and is stronger, so presumably the minimum wall thickness is comparable for small parts, ~0.7mm.

    Nice looking ring!
  3. cooldjez
    cooldjez New Member
  4. Schaeffer
    Schaeffer New Member
    Your ring doesn't defy the stainless rules.

    On the stainless steel information page it states a 3mm wall thickness for large objects but small objects below 50x50x50 mm almost all print successfully with wall thickness below 1 mm although they aren't specific on a precise minimum wall thickness.

    (also things can often be thinner than wall thickness, it needs wall thickness on the supporting parts, e.g. a spike on the nose of a unicorn may not need to be equal or above min wall thickness at all as it carries no mayor weight.)

    Very nice design.
    I just thought I'd reply, many people tend to miss the part about small objects and wall thickness on the information page. I missed it myself the first time I checked.


    edit fixing typo's
    Last edited: May 8, 2010
  5. 4m3D
    4m3D New Member
    Nice looking ring!

    I was a bit confused by the wall thickness thing... I guess I need to go back and read the specs.

    Thanks for all the clarifying info.

    Last edited: May 10, 2010
  6. Schaeffer
    Schaeffer New Member
    I think shapeways needs to read it too, I just saw the feature on the blog confirming the ring pushes the limits but it said the thing about small objects with walls of <1mm on the steel page when I joined in march haha.

    I'm pretty sure of it as I made myself a sheet with mat info to hang next to the desk for reference when I joined. :)
    Another reason I believe I'm correct is they seem to be testing my scorpion for 0,4 / 0,5 mm wall thickness when I compare the thickness test here with the information they gave me about what would break. It probably depends on the overal shape a lot.

    Awesome that it got featured on the blog, maybe once I hit that tiny adjustment that will make it printable they will feature my scorpion too :)

    My previous reply is missing something with the unicorn example. it also depends on where they can pick up the model I think. If the unicorn horn wont receive too much force like fingers grasping it during moving it can be quite thin.
    I'm not 100% sure on all this of course and it still needs to withstand cleaning/brushing.

    I'm new here and am well sort of analyzing and studying the whole deal, trying to wrap my head around making stuff that need to work in production and not just purdy renders :)
    But this is how I understand it from my many mails about failure and advise on my scorpion model, the info sheets and giving the evaluation version of magics rp a try, they use it too when they test your model.

    Gratz on making the blog and cheers!
    Last edited: May 10, 2010