Would small holes like this print?

Discussion in 'My Work In Progress' started by TechyBen, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. TechyBen
    TechyBen New Member
    I'm toying with an idea (no pun intended ;) ). But I'm not sure if the detail is too small for a print. I've done my best to scale up the design as much as possible, with the holes now at 1mm diameter. A couple of walls taper off to smaller than 0.7mm, but anything structural stays at 0.7-1.6mm minimum.

    Here is a link to an image of the model. http://shpws.me/gTuh

    Also, which material would be best for the details (I'm no good with abbreviations, so not sure what SF or FUD is, sorry)?

    If need be, the holes could be drilled by a steady hand. But if they can print, it would be great. :)

  2. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
  3. TechyBen
    TechyBen New Member
    Thank you, as FUD was a sub category, I could only find FD and "SFP" (strong flexible plastics), so the explanations help! :)

    Did not realize FUD went that accurate. It will up the cost, but would be the best for a test print to test the idea works. Then I can downgrade the material to one that meets my requirements, but is not OTT. I guess Fine Detail and Strong Flexible will not work with this? :(

    It says FUD has low strength, would it be ok for a building block?
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2012
  4. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    Yes, FUD is very accurate e.g. my OO scale K2 Telephone box has window bars just 0.3 x 0.5mm and the lettering on the roof is embossed by 0.1mm with ~0.15mm lettering.

    Strengthwise, FUD is acrylic so it would depend on the thickness as to durability. The roof of the phonebox is around 1mm thick and is quite sturdy - the only part I've managed to break was one of the window bars when I dropped the model whilst painting it (I think the model landed on a corner and stressed the bar enough to snap it out)


  5. TechyBen
    TechyBen New Member
    Thanks! I'll keep all that in mind. I might redesign it again for Strong & Flexible as I think I've finally found a connector the size I need! It's not the number of terminals, but I can fudge the design to make it work. :p

    It will also hopefully mean I wont have to be too fiddly with threading in some wire through 1mm holes. :p