Thorough discussion of the core considerations when designing for 3D printing ceramics, from 3ders.org:
Today’s current 3D printed ceramics have several factors which can limit the design of ceramic components. Some of the typical constraints of 3D printed ceramics are:
- Minimum and Maximum Bounding Box (build envelope of the component
- Objects must have a flat base
- Minimum Material Drain Hole
- Minimum Wall Thickness
- Minimum Component Density
- Maximum Overhang Allowances
- Unsupported Struts (Columns)
- Objects within Objects
- Objects must have glaze applied
- Objects are not suitable for high temperature applications ( > 1000F / 540C)
- Large sections must be located lower in the model
- Fabrication time of 3 to 4 weeks
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!