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3D printing gets faster, cheaper, and more precise every day thanks to investigative studies and experimentation conducted by dedicated researchers like those at Da-Yeh University in central Taiwan; in a joint effort with Plastics Industry Development Center (PIDC), they developed a way of incorporating the ambient environment of the area around the 3D printer into the g-code generated when a 3D model is virtually sliced for 3D printing.
A hot glue gun is often used as a way to describe 3D printing to the uninitiated because it’s at a scale and speed that’s easy to visualize: a solid stick of glue is melted into a liquid that then cools and rapidly solidifies, and therefore layers of molten glue can be built up on top of each other to form a crude 3D shape. That analogy works fine for introducing someone to the technology, but it can invoke imagery of a slow-moving, sloppy apparatus that makes low-quality objects. It doesn’t convey the delicate balance of the many dynamic parameters such as extrusion multipliers, temperature, print speed, and active cooling that enables 3D printers to move rapidly and accurately.
Printers - High-resolution - Factors - Slice - Parameters
For 3D printers to produce the high-resolution objects they’re capable of, all of those factors and more have to be precisely set in the slice parameters. If the hotend temperature is too low, extrusion will be poor and...
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