By: Joseph Kuwitzky
The science of combining materials and inserting them into designed and fabricated geometric spaces as a method of manufacturing a usable item has probably been around since collective human need. And while we have progressed in both theory and technology, circumstances still occur in which the today’s mold and cast technology requires fine tuning.
My name is Joseph, and I make molds and cast parts in GROWit’s RTV department. Needless to say, the most interesting part of my job is finding ways to make my job faster and easier. In the spirit of what we’ll call “efficiency,” I requested and acquired the utility of a material mix and dispense machine.
This machine is great! It heats, mixes, and dispenses material without any effort on my part.
My problem? In its current state, this machine doesn’t mix the proper ratio of material A to B of the material I happen to be using so I need to reduce the flow of one of the materials the machine dispenses.
My Solution: There are a few options I have to correct this issue. The typical method, and one I tried but was not having any luck with, involves playing musical chairs with a bag of sprockets, most of which we would have to purchase, test and then potentially purchase a slightly different one again. Then, it hit me. We have modeling software and 3D printers! So I set out to grow a flow-restriction nozzle that can be inserted directly into the dispensing gun.
After a few tests, I found how to make the perfect nozzle!
I am pleased to report that we are now able to use a previously problematic material in this machine with a bit of 3D printed fine tuning, minus the bag of sprockets.
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Q) What is the best material for my project?
A) It depends.
Project managers often get questions about material suggestions. Everyone wants to know what is the best material for 3D printing? The answer is not a blanket answer with one supreme material for any 3D printing job. Why is that?
Here at GROWit we take into consideration several different factors that help us decide the best materials to use.
The same part made in different materials has different applications. Here’s an example: you’re printing a gear. Will it be used on an actual car? Is it meant for a trade show model? Is it going to be exposed to high heat? Will pressure be applied to it? Eah of these uses are unique in their own way; their material has to be unique as well.
Different geometries – the way the part is shaped – can play a huge role in the ultimate 3D printed outcome. Even varying geometries made in the same material will react differently if exposed to the same conditions.
3D printing allows for several stages of production if desired. Looking for an initial prototype for a larger production run in the future? Looking for varying durometers with multiple iterations of the same design? Looking for the most eco-friendly properties for your green business? The goal, whether it is for your first order or end vision, can allow for the most efficient and affordable approach from the get-go.
GROWit is in a constant state of innovation, always looking to bring the most to its customers. The more developing/testing of materials and processes we achieve here at GROWit, the more likely we are to help you create a successful product.
You can check out all of GROWit’s materials and their properties on the Material Data Sheets page. Have more questions on file formats, the different 3D printing technologies, turn-around times, and more?
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a member from our team will get back to you!