How to 3D print large objects
3D printing is something of the latest craze. No longer exclusively the domain of corporations, home printing machines are becoming increasingly more affordable and accessible. There are whole networks of people who share files and offer their services at a scale that is continually increasing.
1. Use a 3D Modelling Software
When it comes to 3D modeling software, we recommend Luban 3D. It is a generative design software created by a small expert team to facilitate small-scale home printers with large-scale printing ideas. There are many options available when it comes to breaking down a large project into something more manageable: printing off separate layers to stack as you go, printing off smaller chunks to assemble, printing off interlocking layers, radial layers and even interlocking panels that resemble a jigsaw puzzle. Luban3D will work with you to find the solution to your large-scale project that meets your needs and the specifications of your machine.
2. Buy a large a 3D printer like the Creality CR-10S Pro
Here we are looking at a large-scale printer available on the market for home buyers. The Creality CR-10S Pro comes from a line of reliable machines. It is available for just under $600 which, for a large-scale printer, isn’t bad. It is easy to assemble and the navigation touchscreen is intuitive, although changing the language may be necessary during the initial set-up. The calibration is not quick but it leaves a nice finish. The downside is that there is a build-up of filament dust due to how it is arranged, so regular checks to clean it and ventilation are recommended. Another problem encountered was overheating causing the fan to sag – smaller tests when using a new material are recommended to determine if this is going to be an issue. Here is where you can find the CREALITY CR-10S PRO on Amazon.
3. Hire a 3D printing service that offers large scale 3d printing
Outsourcing large-scale 3D printing is a way of benefiting from the expertise available in the industry while avoiding the high investment cost of buying your own 3D printer. We provide large-scale printing for a range of individuals whether they are looking for prototypes, final products, both or everything in between. Our printers have a build volume of 23.6” x 23.6” x 19.7”. We’ve worked on products including architectural models, art sculptures and event fabrication. This isn’t the limit of what we can work on however – bring us a file and we’ll see what we can do! When it comes to recommending services, we suggest going to Printaworld for all of your large-scale 3D printing needs. That’s us! We can complete your project within 1 -2 weeks or 1 – 2 months depending on what you want and how large the objects you are wanting printed. Let us know if there is a deadline! Here at Printaworld, we can save you time, money and energy.
When it comes to 3D printing large-scale, there are a variety of options available to suit every budget, space and need. If you have a smaller-scale machine but still want to make something larger at home, software that disassembles your project into smaller, more manageable pieces is the way to go. If you have the budget at your disposal, purchasing a large-scale machine is efficient and effective. If you want to save money, you can always outsource and hire a 3D printing service. Whatever the route you want to go, we can offer and suggest a solution.
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