3D printed cart....new paths ?

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3D printed cart....new paths ?

Post by KanedaFr » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:25 am


Since the 3D printing industry evolves every month, does someone know if it's now interesting to print cartdrige/shell ?
Are we still talking about easy to break 3D printed cart ? I read recently about plastic-w-carbon and resin, so I expected the 3D printed objects are now more and more difficult to break, no ?
if yes, what about the cost ? did it finally drop down ?

note: i'm not talking about Genny cart of course, but for others sys which haven't the chance to be massively china-cloned ;)

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Re: 3D printed cart....new paths ?

Post by TmEE co.(TM) » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:13 pm

For small scale stuff it does make sense to 3D print things. Mechanically they can be good but you got to design things appropriately. If you need hundreds of cartridges then 3D printing is gonna be on the verge of not cheap plus it also takes a long time to make those carts. For thousands you can definitely forget 3D printing.
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Re: 3D printed cart....new paths ?

Post by cero » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:31 pm

Resin printers produce high quality, and when properly handled the product isn't easy to break. Cost for a printer is a couple hundred.

If you need bigger runs, hire a professional 3d printer company like shapeways with your files.

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Re: 3D printed cart....new paths ?

Post by Boyfinn » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:07 pm

My FDM printer prints ABS plastic just fine, which is the same plastic used to make most cartridges.
I havent yet seen any weaknesses by delamination, and i reckon the parts can be stronger than some injection molded ones lenghtwise.
Also, Printing artifacts and layer lines are easy to remove from ABS with acetone.
I also have printed some nylon, which is a little bit harder to get right. But a test M10 bolt&nut i made from nylon proved to bee too tought to break by hand so theres that.
I could test print a MD cart tomorrow with black ABS if you wish?

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