To Stack or to Pack? That is the Question

With FDM 3D printing at our 3D printing service bureau, it’s pretty typical that when we place and orientate the part(s) on the build tray, we prefer to fill up the build bed by packing it out across the X and Y. This makes sense when you have 4 parts with a build time of 4 hours each. We put the job on at 5pm and at 9am in the morning when we arrive at our 3D printing service bureau all the parts will be finished. We then remove the parts off the build tray and place them in our cleanstation for 2 to 3 hours to remove the soluble support material.

Sometimes however a full tray off parts will take only 8 hours and this, if you’re generally working 10 hours a day, will create a twilight period when the machines is idle that could be called non-productive hours. With the help of one of our biggest customers we asked them to stack parts in quantities of 5. This allows us to run the machine for more than 60 hours with zero down time, enabling 3D Quick Printing to deliver the parts quicker to the grateful customer.

The 60 hours were quicker than the 80 odd hours (including non-productive hours) it took when the parts were only packed and not stacked.

See image below of stacked parts.

This however is not always the best and cost effective way of doing things, as we need to consider the sacrificial support material and the cost involved in that. However we decided at our 3D printing service bureau that this method was cost effective AND quicker to stack the parts due to the geometry and minimal wastage of the support material.

If you’ve got a anything that you want 3D printing, please follow this link to our 3D printing bureau service home page, not forgetting to attach your data (.stl or .zip) when you arrive at our web portal.

All we need from you to quote is your .stl files and we’ll provide a quote normally within an hour.

Just to remind you all that at our 3D printing bureau service we only use Professional Stratasys 3D printers that use FDM technology. We have two machines. One is a Dimension Elite 3D printer has a build envelope of 204 x 204 x 305mm and the other is also a Dimension machine that has a bigger build envelope of 254 x 254 x 305mm. These are considered to be mid-range as far as build envelopes go.

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