3D Printing Design Guidelines

Below you will find information on how to design your 3D file depending on the material you will use. You will find information concerning the 3D printing resolutions, size limitations, minimum thicknesses and etching/embossing depths in for all our materials. For more general information of each them, 3D printing technology and 3D printers we use, head back to the materials page and choose the material you're interested in. Or, for more in depth information on the technical aspects of materials we use for your 3D prints, head over to the technical specifications page. You can also find information on how to design for 3D printer on our prepare your file for 3D printing page.

In this page, the information is arranged by material:


Plastic Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's plastic material. For more specific information on how to design for our plastic 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our plastic material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution
Standard layer thickness 0.10 - 0.15
High Definition layer thickness 0.06
Size Limitations
Maximum size white/unpolished 677 × 368 × 565
Maximum size colored 180 × 220 × 220
Maximum size polished
170 × 160 × 150
x+y+z ≤ 390

Thickness & Geometry
Minimum wall thickness
Rigid: 2.00
Flexible: 0.80

Minimum wall thickness stemmed elements
With support: 0.80
Without support: 1.00

Minimum wall thickness particular design aspects 1.00-2.00
Etching/Embossing Depths
Minimum size of details 0.30
Minimum height and width details
Embossed : 0.40
Engraved : 0.50

Minimum height and width for a readable text 0.50
Enlargement ratio 1/1
Spacing & Clearances
Minimum spacing between fixed walls 0.5
Minimum clearance between parts 0.5
Enclosed/Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? right
Interlocking parts ? right
Piece Assembly Restrictions Possible to assemble? right
Minimum space
0.5
Hollowing Is it possible to hollow my object? right
Files with multiple objects Files with Multiple Objects ? right

Plastic Tolerances

We have created a form that will give you an idea of the dimensional accuracy of our SLS printers at different scales.

Here you can enter a dimension you want to check in mm (for example 1.234) and see the maximum and minimum variance in the final print:


mm

Will give you a dimension between:  mm and  mm

Flexible Plastic Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's flexible plastic material. For more specific information on how to design for our flexible plastic 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our flexible plastic material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution Standard layer thickness 0.10
Size Limitations Maximum size 150 x 120 x 120
Thickness & Geometry
Minimum wall thickness
Rigid: 3.00
Flexible: 1.2

Minimum wall thickness stemmed elements
With support: 1.20
Without support: 1.50

Minimum wall thickness particular design aspects 1.00-2.00
Etching/Embossing Depths
Minimum size of details 0.50
Minimum height and width details
Embossed : 1.50
Engraved : 1.50

Minimum height and width for a readable text 1.50
Enlargement ratio 1/1
Spacing & Clearances
Minimum spacing between fixed walls 1
Minimum clearance between parts 1
Enclosed/Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? right
Interlocking parts ? right
Piece Assembly Restrictions Possible to assemble? wrong
Hollowing Is it possible to hollow my object? right
Files with multiple objects Files with Multiple Objects ? wrong

The above information is non contractual, it is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our flexible plastic material page.



Silver Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's sterling silver. For more specific information on how to design for our silver 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our silver material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution Standard layer thickness 0.025
Size Limitations Maximum size 60 × 80 × 100
Minimum size 2.40 × 2.40 × 0.80
Thickness & Geometry Minimum wall thickness 0.80
Minimum wall thickness stemmed elements 1.00
Minimum wall thickness particular design aspects 1.00
Etching/Embossing Depths Minimum size of details 0.40
Minimum height and width for a readable text width : 0.50
height : 1.50
Enlargement ratio 1/1
Enclosed & Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? wrong
Interlocking parts ? wrong
Spacing & Clearances Minimum spacing between fixed walls 0.30
Piece Assembly Assembly ? wrong
Hollowing Hollowing ? wrong
Files with multiple objects Files with multiple objects ? wrong

The above information is non contractual, it is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our silver material page.



Brass Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's brass. For more specific information on how to design for our brass 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our brass material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution Standard layer thickness 0.025
Size Limitations Maximum size 69 × 89 × 40
Minimum size 2.40 × 2.40 × 0.60
Thickness & Geometry Minimum wall thickness 0.80
Minimum wall thickness stemmed elements 1.00
Minimum wall thickness particular design aspects 1.00
Etching/Embossing Depths Minimum size of details 0.40
Minimum height and width for a readable text width : 0.50
height : 1.50
Enlargement ratio 1/1
Enclosed & Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? wrong
Interlocking parts ? wrong
Spacing & Clearances Minimum spacing between fixed walls 0.30
Piece Assembly Assembly ? wrong
Hollowing Hollowing ? wrong
Files with multiple objects Files with multiple objects ? wrong

The above information is non contractual, it is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our brass material page.



Resin Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's resin material. For more specific information on how to design for our resin 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our resin material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution Layer thickness 0.028
Size Limitations Maximum size 290 × 190 × 147
Thickness & Geometry Minimum wall thickness 2.00
Etching/Embossing Depths Minimum size of details 0.20
Minimum size of text 0.80
Enlargement ratio 1/1
Enclosed & Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? right
Interlocking parts ? right
Spacing & Clearances Minimum spacing between fixed walls 0.40
Minimum clearance between parts 0.40
Piece Assembly Assembly ? right
Minimum space 0.40
Hollowing Hollowing ? wrong
Files with multiple objects Files with multiple objects ? wrong

The above information is non contractual, it is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our resin material page.



Alumide Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's alumide material. For more specific information on how to design for our alumide 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our alumide material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution Layer Thickness 0.15
Size Limitations
Maximum size 190 x 240 x 300
(7.48 in x 9.45 in x 11.81 in)
Maximum size colored 180 x 220 x 220
(7.09 in x 8.66 in x 8.66 in)
Maximum size polished
Max length : 300 mm (11.81 in)

Thickness & Geometry Minimum wall thickness 1.50
Minimum wall thickness for particular design aspects 2.00
Etching/Embossing Depths Minimum size of details 1.00
Minimum size of text 1.00
Enlargement ratio 1/1
Enclosed & Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? right
Interlocking parts ? right
Spacing & Clearances Minimum spacing between fixed walls 0.50
Minimum clearance between parts 0.50
Piece Assembly Assembly ? right
Minimum space 0.50
Hollowing Hollowing ? right
Files with multiple objects Files with multiple objects ? wrong

The above information is non contractual, it is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our alumide material page.



Ceramic Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's ceramic material. For more specific information on how to design for our ceramic 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our ceramic material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution Layer thickness
0.10
*Glazing reduces the 3D print'€™s resolution

Size Limitations Maximum size
250 × 350 × 200
& X + Y + Z ≤ 400

Minimum size
6.00 × 6.00 × 6.00
& X + Y + Z ≥ 120
& minimum fill volume > 5.0%

Thickness & Geometry Minimum thickness
If 120 ≤ X+Y+Z ≤ 200 : 3.00
If 201 ≤ X+Y=Z ≤ 300 : 4.00
If X+Y=Z > 300 : 6.00

Maximum thickness 15.0
Minimum bevel radius at corners 2.00
Maximum length for free-hanging objects 20.0
Etching/Embossing Depths Minimum size of details
Engraved: 3.00
Embossed: 2.00

Minimum font sizes for readable text
Engraved: 60.0 (21.2mm)
Embossed: 36.0 (12.7mm)

Enlargement ratio 1/1
Enclosed & Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? wrong
Interlocking parts ? wrong
Spacing & Clearances Minimum spacing between fixed walls 4.00
Piece Assembly Assembly ? right
Minimum space between pieces 4
Hollowing Hollowing ? right
Minimum hole diameter 10.0 - 15.0
Files with multiple objects Files with multiple objects ? wrong

The above information is non contractual, it is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our ceramic material page.



Multicolor Design Guidelines

Below you will find general information for designing a model in Sculpteo's multicolor material. For more specific information on how to design for our multicolor 3D printers you can click on each category in the left column or see our multicolor material page.

All values listed in mm (10 mm = 0.3937 in).

Description Attribute Value (mm)
3D Printer Resolution Layer thickness 0.10
Size Limitations Maximum size 254 × 381 × 203
Thickness & Geometry Minimum wall thickness 2.00
Minimum wall thickness particular design aspects 3.00
Etching & Embossing Depths Minimum size of details 0.40
Minimum size of text 0.50
Enlargement ratio 1/1
Enclosed/Interlocking Volumes Enclosed parts ? wrong
Interlocking parts ? wrong
Spacing & Clearances Minimum spacing between fixed walls 0.90
Piece Assembly Assembly ? right
Minimum space between attached pieces 0.40
Minimum space needed for a large assembly 0.90
Hollowing Hollowing ? right
Files with multiple objects Files with multiple objects ? right

The above information is non contractual, it is guidelines only. It is your responsibility to ensure that your model is correct before printing. To learn more, please refer to our multicolor material page.









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