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3D printing may absolutely be a viable technology for what you are trying to achieve. The term you should search online is printing farm or 3D printing farm. A typical farm looks like this. The reason you normally want to set up a farm is that - despite 3D printing being often associated to the expression "rapid prototyping" - 3D printing is anything but ...


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Since your company specializes in small objects, SLA printers seem to be a good choice, since it has better detail but small printing area. However, SLA printers tend to require lots of post processing. If you need a printer for rapid prototyping, you should be using FFF or FDM printers which don't need any post processing. At most, you could sand surfaces ...


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All rapid prototyping means is automatically producing a physical part from a cad model. 3D printing is a way to achieve rapid prototyping. There are 2 main methods of rapid prototyping: additive, and subtractive. A 3D printer is additive- you add materials to an object layer by layer. Usually, when people talk about a subtractive machine, they are talking ...


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Typically, for FDM, the resolution is different for height compared with the x-y plane. In x-y, you will be constrained by the nozzle diameter (0.4mm is common), which effectively quantises your wall thickness (0.4, 0.8, 1.2 etc). These walls can be placed with maybe 0.05mm precision. In Z, the constraint is to be less than the nozzle, so 0.12 or 0.2 mm is ...


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With the experience I have with my 3d printer you can make (almost) everything you can draw with it. 0.6mm parts can be 3d printed but will not be very strong though. For joining the 2 halves when they are so thin, I think the best solution is to glue them together. With the things I make for myself I mostly use small screws or small nuts and bolts but ...


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Optimal rotation can be considered from different perspectives. For example as little support as possible. This way app tries to orient object so as much surface as possible doesn't overhang and doesn't need support bed only support. App tries to orient object so all overhanging parts can be supported directly from the heatbed (not from the object itself) ...


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Hey why to make it soooo sophisticated and poor? Air valve cannot be designed with 2 stiff elements - it will never work. Make the air your friend but not the enemy. Use old good rubber (silicone) "flake" instead. Especially when you have such small design. Take a look on the picture. Here you have black element which is rubber or silicone. It's sticked ...


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I print such parts by embedding the PCB directly in the print during the printing process: after the bottom part has been printed, there's a print pause gcode, the printer stops and beeps, I insert the PCB into a recess in the print, then the printer resumes when I press a button. I attach the bottom of the PCB to the print with a drop of a quick setting ...


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As mentioned above in the comments, this really isn't a good application of 3D Printing. At least, not with expectation that it functions. I'd suggest using 3D printing to verify other dimensions and having the part machined traditionally. That ball and "seal" needs to be precision ground or honed to fit in order to stop air flow. My company has ...


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