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  3. We have moved our forum to a new platform called Discourse:https://i.materialise.com/forum/c/customer-supportBest regards,Franky
  4. We have moved our forum to a new platform called Discourse:https://i.materialise.com/forum/c/customer-supportBest regards,Franky
  5. We have moved our forum to a new platform called Discourse:https://i.materialise.com/forumBest regards,Franky
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  8. Hi Simon, Thanks for your question! Depending on the thickness of the model, higher temperature is required to make the material soft and bendable. For PolyJet it should be over 40degC, however if the thickness is more than 5mm, more heat advised. Also, when you reach the appropriate temperature mark, it doesn't mean that the material becomes soft right away, time is needed. You can find some information about this in the technical specs of high detail resin: https://i.materialise.com/3d-printing-materials/high-detail-resin/technical-specifications As for gray resin, the temperature should be higher than 50degC. Please note that the answers are based on the specificaions of the materials. Regards, Ivan
  9. Is it possible to adjust/deform the final shape of a 'high detail resin' (PolyJet) part with gentle heat or hot water? E.g. a decorative badge/plaque is printed flat and then curved to the final shape by heating. Ive done this with PLA in the past but I need a much higher resolution for latest project. The Grey Resin, has the resolution but doesn't bend with heat - tried that. Difficult to get the right curve at the design stage (tried that) due to level of detail on the model. Thanks
  10. Hi iMaterialise fans, Gear Chain Six is a multi-challenge pattern puzzle. The goal is to fold the gear chain and make the colored patterns that are provided. The gears introduce an additional challenge for the actual folding of the pattern. This is the version where the gears have six teeth. Watch the YouTube video. Buy the puzzle at my iMaterialise Shop. Read more at the Non-Twisty Puzzles Forum. Check out the photos below. Enjoy! Oskar
  11. Thanks for your reply. My only other question is when 3D printing in Multicolour do i need to upload the colour information separately? Im assuming not but i know some other printing companies require this. Edit - i think i can use a .ply file
  12. Good morning James, I read your comments yesterday and I already answered you by mail. Hopefully we can both find a solution. Greetings Esther
  13. Hi Ben, Thanks for contacting us with your question and the model attached. After I've taken a look at the model I can tell that it is printable. The minimum thickness for multicolor is met and the geometry is not complicated. The only issue that might occur is associated with sharp ridges of the land contours. Surface roughness with very sharp edges might not print out well, especially when the tips are less then 1mm. If you can design the land section up to make the tips smoother and not less than 1mm thick at tips, would be helpful. Please let me know if you have other concerns regarding this and I'd be glad to assist. Regards, Ivan
  14. Hi Joon, I've checked the model, in general the design is okay, however many details are below the required minimum thickness (1.7-2mm), thus printing in multicolor is risky. I'll send you an email with a picture showing problematic areas and more information about the model. Regards, Ivan Customer Support Engineer
  15. Hello Jonas, We use our specialized software to work with 3d models, but please check this link, there are some advises on the software that you might use: https://imaterialise.helpjuice.com/design-printing/finding-the-right-3d-modeling-software-for-you?from_search=17146127 Best Regards, Olga
  16. I ordered 25 prints with a circular recess in the top of them to locate a component in.... 17 or the 25 prints arrived to me with this recess incorrectly printed. the recess is an incorrect depth and the edges aren't clean, its clear that they haven't been printed correctly (while the other prints are perfect so it's not the model that is at fault). I communicated this via email, sent a load of pictures over to back this up and was later offered reprints of the 17 failures. The reprints have arrived and 10 of the 17 are suffering the exact same problem. I'm not sure if it's an orientation issue or what's happening (I'm not the professional printing company here) but when over 50% of the prints are unusable, it's really not good enough... you have proved that the model is indeed printable, but the consistent failures are a serious issue. If the quality could be guaranteed I'd be ordering these by the 100s every month, but as it stands I'm having to look elsewhere to get the prints done by a company that can consistently send me useable product which is a shame. I've spoken to so many other who have found the same issue, so it's not just me being unlucky or having problems.... this should be telling you that there is a serious problem. If people are moving over to your more expensive competitors and are happy to pay more because you cannot produce consistently good product then there is a real issue that needs to be addressed. I'm at the stage where I just need to cut my losses and get a refund for all of the prints that I have here, as the constant failures have meant that I have lost huge amounts of business due to my inability to provide customers with items that I have promised. I entered into an agreement with yourselves for a specific amount of items, half of the order is as good as none of the order and not what we agreed on at the time of purchase. This is completely unacceptable.
  17. Hey I want to know that, Can I use The software to make pictures of a spaceship interior into a 3d model. I am new to this and Im working on something Big and I am looking for a software there Can do that. thanks
  18. Hi! Using some software online i have downloaded some sections of the UK as a topographic map, and customized them slightly using SolidWorks. Currently its just white but I'm going to print it in Multicolour. Im unsure though if it is too complex to be 3D printed? Changes to the embossed text and wall thicknesses are ok, but the land contours themselves are more complex, and I'd like to know if this is feasible before continuing. model (1) and model (4) Combined Landmass only.STL
  19. Kurt is at it again! Fantastic design as usual. Glad to see that all of the pieces fitted together
  20. Hi Joon, Thank you for getting in touch. One of our support engineers will take a look at your 3D file and contact you via email shortly. Best regards, Fabian
  21. Printed in steel in separate pieces, with a polyamide insert to provide the necessary spring actions. I drilled and tapped the holes and screwed it together. The steel pieces were finished in polished black, polished natural and unpolished natural. The polished black is especially nice. The printed parts were flawless and the finishes were great. Designed in SketchUp Make. Here's a video of it in action.
  22. Hi iMaterialise Puzzles fans, Seven Gear Loop is a gearing mechanism of seven gears in a loop. Usually, a loop of gears requires an even number of gears, as otherwise the loop gets stuck. After all, the gears should turn alternatingly clockwise and counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise). However, it works for this gear set, as the seven gears are not in the same plane. See also the 9- and 11-gear versions by Blake Courter. Question: can a similar five-gear loop exist? Watch the YouTube video. Buy the puzzle at my iMaterialise Shop. Read more at the Non-Twisty Puzzles Forum. Check out the photos below. Enjoy! Oskar
  23. I'm going to print the 3mf file with 'Multicolor gloss'. Can someone analyze my 3d model and check if it is able to print? Or, can you tell me what should I modify? 001.3mf
  24. Hi Robert, Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining! Let us know if you have any questions concerning your project. We are always happy to help. Best, Fabian
  25. An article from 2015: 3-D-printed car could hit streets next year. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 4:48 p.m. EST November 12, 2015 http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/11/10/3d-printed-car-local-motors-swim/75530830/ Several companies have come out with what they call "3D-printed" cars, but none have 3D-printed the most important part, the engine. This would be difficult to do with an internal combustion engine, with its high temperatures, multiple moving parts, and high tolerances. But it shouldn't be too difficult with an electric engine. In fact considering there are now miniature 3D-printers on the market for the home, an amateur could be the first to produce an entire, scale-size, 3D-printed car. And then it could be scaled up to produce a full-size, working, fully 3D-printed automobile. This would revolutionize the industry, obviously. The two most difficult parts would be the engine and the transmission. This video shows how you can make your own simple electric motor: How to Make an Electric Motor at Home - YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p2QTE26VOA Looking at the steps in the video, it appears they could all be accomplished by 3D-printing. Bob Clark
  26. GE has mass produced via 3D-printing a metal nozzle tip that would have been difficult to produce using other methods:An Epiphany Of Disruption: GE Additive Chief Explains How 3D Printing Will Upend Manufacturing. Jun 21, 2017 by Tomas Kellner http://www.ge.com/reports/epiphany-disruption-ge-additive-chief-explains-3d-printing-will-upend-manufacturing/ But what I really find interesting in this article are some comments GE's additive manufacturing head Ehteshami said about what he see's for the future of 3D-printing: and: From the way I interpret what Ehteshami is saying, it mirrors something I've been thinking. You can imagine not just cars being fully 3D-printed, but entire airplanes, tractors, construction vehicles, refrigerators, air conditioners, and everything else called "durable goods". But this would mean nearly all manufacturing jobs would be replaced by 3D-printing machines. That is a major economic disruption. Not only that, but all these would become much cheaper. Would the companies that produce them even be billion dollar companies anymore? Bob Clark
  27. Desktop Metal says their method for metal 3D-printing is superior to the laser sintering for volume production of metal parts because of the laser methods slow rate of deposition. DM claims 100 times faster production rates than the laser method. But since this high production rate comes from using many more print heads, it seems to me you could get the faster deposition rate with the laser method by using, say, 100 copies of the lasers. Laser 3D metal printing commonly uses a 200W laser. So to scale this up 100 times would require 20,000W. The cheapest cost I've seen for lasers were by manufacturers in China in the $15 per watt range. So 20,000W would cost in the range of $300,000. Most likely the lasers would be the primary cost for the machines, so call it ca. $600,000 for the full machine able to duplicate the Desktop Metal production rate. One laser 3D metal printing company also suggests use of wirefeed rather than a powder bed can increase the production rate and also reduces the cost of the material: VIDEO: Is Wirefeed the Future of Selective Laser Sintering? James Anderton posted on December 19, 2016 | http://www.engineering.com/AdvancedManufacturing/ArticleID/13955/VIDEO-Is-Wirefeed-the-Future-of-Selective-Laser-Sintering.aspx Near the end of this video they also suggest scaling the laser up to the 15,000W range could bring the production rate to the level of other commonly used metal production methods. Bob Clark
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