Design for 3D Printing
so you want to 3d Print your part, you will want to think (and design around) some limitations.
The most obvious limitation with 3d printing is the size of your machine. Our Makerbots and Markforged printers both have a similar bed size of 20in X 17in X 16in. so you will want your part ( in some orientation ) to fit in this size.
Lofts, Holes, and Voids
When 3d Printing you need to remember that you are placing not just a layer but a string of melted plastic to build your part, if you don't have support underneath your sting of plastic it will bend at best or break at worse. you need to think about what orientation you are going to print your part in, and remove ( or at least lessen ) any voids in the up down direction of this orientation.
3d printed parts are notoriously weak*. you can change the infill settings to make them stronger but this will be the weakest part on your robot.
remember with FDM 3D Printing you are building layers of plastic and these parts can pull apart at these layers (delamination) this also means that the part will be stronger in one orientation vs another. when arranging in the slicer think about how your part will be used and what orientation the forces acting on it will be.
- No hanging or floating parts.
you can add threads for bolts to your 3d printed parts by oversizing and reinforcing your holes and adding metal thread inserts after the print is done
Thread Insert Table
Makers Muse tips for better 3d printing holes
- Teardrop vertical holes - (link to onshape feature script)
- Clamping slots - (link to onshape feature script)
- Compliant holes - - (link to onshape feature script)