White Paper - Guide to Integrate Large-Format Additive
As with any new technology, getting into large-format 3D printing begins with investigation. The first question may be a simple one: what does “large-format” mean? For 3D printers, “large” is a relative term. Many extrusion-based (FFF) 3D printers are referred to as desktop machines, because they fit on table space. Some of these have very respectable build volumes – but when it comes to “large-format,” the machines will need their own dedicated floor space. Large-format 3D printers have significant build volumes and are most often found in professional settings, like manufacturing facilities and R&D centers.
Large-format additive manufacturing offers a bigger-picture take on 3D printing. Increasing the build size increases the possibilities for builds: users can create larger parts, removing the constraints of more standard sized build envelopes. 3D printing a large part all at once means less time is spent designing around multiple print jobs, less time assembling multiple parts, and more time getting those parts to work for you.
Getting started with large-format 3D printing can be a big step, but with potentially massive results. It all starts with looking into why you want to 3D print – what your goals are – and what you need to meet your requirements.
In this guide to integrate large-format additive, you will learn:
Questions to ask to get started
How to integrate additive manufacturing
Why size matters
Four applications that benefit from large-format additive manufacturing
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