3D Objects, Blurbs, Optimizing 3D Prints, Sustainability

Optimizing 3D Prints- Brief

Due to the plethora of things made using 3D printers, a large amount of waste is produced in the form of failed prints and wasted filaments to obtain prints of the best quality. It is important to ensure that the printing material wastage is minimal, even when it is inexpensive, for a more sustainable additive manufacturing. To keep a printed object the closest in appearance to its computer aided design, it is ideal to test the parameters that make for its surface quality. With the appropriate settings for these parameters, it is possible to reduce material waste and print failures. This paper shows that, it is possible to determine the optimal settings for different levels of infill, so that the user specifications are met. It also presents the statistical experiments performed on the printed objects of specific shapes, color and infill level, the tomographic images of the outer shell and the internal structure of their infill, to obtain the favorable configurations for optimal print quality.

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This was supposed to be a journal paper titled Determining Favorable Configurations for Low-fidelity Filament Freeform Fabrication 3D Printers to Attain Optimal Print Quality and Reduce Wastage, but I think I will post it in my blog instead.

Why? Because this is the best course of action. Enjoy my months of research which I will post occasionally.

Blurbs, Sustainability

Optimizing 3D Prints

This is going to be a new series of posts which do an elaborate research on optimizing 3D printed parts.

Why am I doing this?

Because I don’t like wasting print filament, even when it is dirt cheap… You can get 1 kilogram of poly lactic acid, perhaps the safest material to print, for as little as $20.

For something so cheap, why bother about wasting or not?

No. That’s a bad attitude. It is not sustainable to waste plastics, knowing how they are made.

I once reloaded a new filament on an ultimaker but forgot to stop the process. Do you know what happened? The hit extruder kept releasing the filament.

Well, you might say, just end the process when you see the extruder releasing the material

And I’d do exactly that. But I got caught up in another work and completely forgot about this. The bigger issue was I had kept the 3D printer on… overnight… The new filament (an entire kilogram of it) was turned into a thin string of plastic when I realized what had happened.

What a waste!

I don’t like it when waste happens for unnecessary reasons, be it food, or in this case printing material.

This series will show– mostly through technical means, but also influenced by good design practices– how to curb wasting the 3D print filament in general, by playing with the printer to get the best quality prints.