Putting light on how orders for 3D printing can be made hassle free, Mr. Yash Rane, the Sales’ Head at Chizel, has shared a vital piece of information, in a sense to maintain and restore consumers’ faith in 3D printing and its marvelous applications. The agenda being, while placing an order for 3D printing, how a consumer can bridge the information shortfall between them and the 3D printing vendors which otherwise might probably cause miscommunication, if not paid attention to, leading to loss in time and money on everyone’s behalf. This in turn might adversely affect consumers’ faith in 3D printing when they are not being delivered what they expect out of it.
This is what he explains and suggests, a consumer should focus on, when placing an order for 3D printing :-
“Prototyping is the need of the hour, and people demand it to be done on urgent grounds. Hence, 3D Printing is also called Rapid prototyping, at times, as it expedites the entire prototyping process. We have catered to more than 70+ design studios till date, and what we have observed is that, there is a lot of communication gap between the designers and the 3D printing service bureaus. At times, such miscommunication costs time, money, and eventually faith of the designers.”
These are the three points Mr. Yash footnotes and stresses upon:
Talking about material selection from a designer’s point of view, he says,
- “As a designer, one should not really focus on technical names of 3D printing materials. Leave that for the service bureau. It gets really messy as every machine comes up with their own brand name of material. For example, Accura 25 of 3D Systems and ABS 3650 of Prodways have essentially same materials properties (similar to ABS). And both of them are ten times expensive than ABS materials used in FFF( fused filament fabrication) technology. Hence, rather than placing a request for a specific material, always mention what is the kind of application you are looking out for. For instance, a form testing part can be easily made by FFF technology rather than making it in SLA technology, saving you a lot of money.”
He further explains the second point of focus saying,
- “Designs are mostly CAD modeled, considering that it will be mass manufactured using injection molding process. In injection molding, we can reach dimensions as critical as 0.2 mm with decent strength. This does not happen in 3D printing. Though there are new technologies that can give you features as small as 0.1 mm, they might not have the required strength. So eventually, you may end up compromising upon certain features which may be critical to your component. Hence, always make your vendor understand the critical dimensions of the component, and your priority towards certain parameters. By changing layer thicknesses, orientation and by designing special support structures at the vendor’s end, they can help you in achieving the required parameters.”
Highlighting the time factor in 3D printing he adds on the third point that,
“A good prototype takes time. We at Chizel can guarantee 2 days delivery when there are no design modifications and no post processing involved. With an additional requirement of post processing or design modification, the time required to deliver the product increases, also the probability of the part to fail while it performs, falls down drastically, ensuring that you get the best quality of prints for your parts. Hence always mention how much lead-time flexibility you can afford for the prototype and the additional post processes you might need.
“Also you can always vouch for further discounts to your vendors if you give them flexibility of more than 5 days for prototyping. Trust me, it WORKS!! !) ”
At the end, focusing and implementing these three points, ordering for 3D printing becomes a simplified task and will hence work in good faith of the consumers.
(image sources - www.3Dprint-uk.co.uk, www.shapeways.com, www.3dprint.com, www.3dprintinggeeks.com, www.keepcalm-o-metic.co.uk, www.mediamoprphs.com www.all3dp.com) Edited By Tejas Farkase Business Development Manager Chizel