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3D printing speed is contingent upon the height of the material manufactured (or the height of the layers constructed) in a given period. It also depends on many factors like the printing technology, the material and the printing resolution. Increasing the printing speed is one of the main challenges in 3D printer manufacturing.
Additive manufacturing includes a variety of technologies and methods that don’t have the same printing speed. Factors influencing speed include:
But one of the most important factors is the part’s orientation and the amount of material to print in 3D. In fact,the model can be oriented in a way to minimise the part’s height and reduce the printing time. And a large 3D model will take longer to print than a lightweight wire structure.
The table below compares 3D printing speeds by 3D printing technology (data provided by 3D printer manufacturers).
3D Printer Model
3D Printing Speed
Up to 48 mm/h
Up to 14 mm/h
2 to 8 mm3/s
50 to 150 mm/h
Our guide to professional 3D printers identifies their main technical characteristics, like the layer thickness and the materials available, which will give you and idea of printing speeds.
Carbon 3D received huge media coverageby producing a stereolithography machine with printing speeds up to 25 to 100 times greater using their patented technology. Below they present a comparison of the time required to manufacture a complex part.
The 3D printing speed is important, but not the only factor considered when calculating the printing time required for your 3D model on Sculpteo. Verifying and preparing your 3D file before printing, the cool down time, the finishing processes (polishing, dyeing, painting, etc.) are all taken into account.