12/16/2016

Video: Practical Considerations of 3D Printing Functional Parts

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Jonathan Schroeder of 3D Platform considers 3D printing as a manufacturer. Here are some considerations of making functional parts and cost-effective production parts.

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3D printing is a viable option for production, says 3D Platform president Jonathan Schroeder. His company’s 3D printers include components made this way. However, just as with any other production operation, there are ways to use 3D printing that optimize its effectiveness and efficiency, and he describes what that means in this video conversation with AM. For example, reinforcement or fasteners can be added to the part during the build. Users can also choose how finely to slice the model of the part and weigh the trade-offs of printing with different nozzle sizes.

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