3D printing the final body

As mentioned previously sometimes compromises need to be made in the implementation of a concept. With the deadline looming closer and considering the complexity of the shape of the body I opted to have the body 3D printed.

In saying that it was a compromise; 3d printing of objects can now give a high level of durability and finish; and considering the whole object had already been designed and verified in 3d it made sense to utilise this technology. After the production of the smaller model earlier I had sanded it down and gave it a light coat of primer to see how the plastic took the finish.

I could see through a very quick application of spray that the material took the finish very well and that it would be a viable option.

I had to re-draw the object in solidworks to be compatible with the 3d printer properly – but once you have the calculations done its very easy to re-draw. The drawings were emailed to our resident 3d printing tech and it was ready within a few days.



3 responses to “3D printing the final body

  1. thats an extremely expensive way to make the part, if you have a polymer lab and workshop try machining an aluminum mould and compression moulding the part. overall cheaper and can reproduce lots and lots of parts.

    • True, but for a one off prototype this is a great way to do it. Especially when its not me footing the bill. Creating aluminium moulds is a bit impractical at such a crucial stage

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