3D Printer’s Dilemma – Balancing Speed, Quality & Cost
This post will open your eyes to how you can potentially save your company time, money, and dramatically improve your additive throughput.
FOR ENGINEERS:To optimize the trade-offs between cost, speed, and surface quality to maximize value for the business and innovate faster.
FOR TECHNICIANS:To provide options for producing parts more quickly through the combination of larger nozzles, higher layer heights and post processing.
FOR MANAGERS:To understand the potential to drastically reduce cost and increase throughput by right-sizing surface quality.
The Problem:At the core of the ‘Printer’s Dilemma’ is the choice between Cost, Speed and Surface Finish. The adage allows users to choose up to TWO important attributes – and the part printed will not be the third. You must decide what’s most important for your business. Remember: Not every situation will have the same requirements – so be flexible…
How to Decide:
- Minimum feature size? (most technically important)
- Can you increase the feature size? “Design for Additive”
- How will the part be used? (equally important)
- Trade Show Quality vs. Ergonomics Study/Workholding QualityCan you print coarse and post-process?
- How soon do you need the part?
- (Is there any possible answer other than “Yesterday?”)
- Queue time?
- When does the machine need to be used next?
- Cost implications?
- IF machine is ‘billed’ to the user, this can be very important