From Design to Disposal

How to Create an Efficient 3D Printing Workflow

When creating an in-house 3D printing workflow it’s important to evaluate part design, scalability, post-processing, and storage and maintenance for maximum efficiency.

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Step 1: Design for Additive Manufacturing

 

How to Optimize Part Design for Additive Manufacturing

In this webinar, we explain essential print process physics and additive manufacturing material challenges.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to optimize the design of an example part to save $500 in material costs and 80 hours of machine time.
  • Design guidelines for holes, lattices, overhangs, fins, ribs, and nesting.
  • How to avoid print failures related to adhesion, warping, unsupported minima, and more.
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Step 2: Manage Multiple 3D Printers


Reduce Disruptions With Multiple 3D Printers

By utilizing multiple printers, rather than relying on a single unit, a modular style of production is used to reduce disruptions in your workflow.

In this video, learn to: 

  • Seamlessly facilitate rapid iteration of prototypes and simultaneous prints in different materials to support multiple projects and teams.
  • Operate your workflow end-to-end from design to completed part, like an assembly line. 
  • Organize your space and monitor print production. 

Continue reading the Managing Multiple 3D Printers White Paper to learn more about developing this workflow. 

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Step 3: Post-Process Efficiently


Post-Processing with Form Wash & Form Cure

An efficient post-processing station is key to a successful workflow. Your ability to print parts is just as important as your capacity to wash and cure them. The Form Wash and Form Cure allow you to automate your workflow and begin post-processing immediately after you’ve finished the prints. 

Download this FORM file to print your own build platform mount to store and keep them out of the way, ready for next use.

Form Wash & Form Cure


Step 4: Choose the Solvent for Your Workflow

 

IPA vs TPM

Tripropylene glycol monomethyl ether, or TPM, is a solvent which may be used instead of isopropyl alcohol, or IPA, in finishing workflows.

TPM is clear, low odor, and non-flammable, so it may suit your workflow better than IPA. Decide which solvent works best for your environment and how to transition from TPM to IPA if you choose to do so.

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Step 5: Maximize Your Consumables Lifetime


Optimizing Consumables Storage and Disposal

An important part of the SLA printing workflow is the storage and disposal of solvents and resin.

Proper resin storage maximizes the lifetime of your materials and your print success rate, while properly recognizing and disposing of  used solvent keeps your washing process more effective for longer.

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Grow Your Fleet of 3D Printers

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