3D printing opens up new design possibilities like hollow parts and complex organic geometries, but it’s still important to keep a few fundamentals in mind to take full advantage of 3D printing’s capabilities.
Understanding materials and processes as well as considerations like support structures and feature resolution are crucial for success. These design essentials will help you make the most out of your 3D-printed parts and accelerate your product development efforts.
In the following guide to 3D printing we focus on these topics:
- 3D printing prototypes and fully functional, end-use parts
- Designing for metal 3D printing
- Comparing additive manufacturing processes
- Material properties and selection