6 Ways To Increase the Efficiency of your Resin 3D Printing Production (while Saving Thousands too!)
Updated: Aug 6
Thanks to incredible advances in resin 3D printing technologies such as the Gizmo 3D Printers, there are many new ways to increase the efficiency of your 3D printing production while saving thousands. Here’s how:
1. DON'T SETTLE FOR INCONSISTENCIES IN YOUR 3D PRINT RESULTS
The design of most resin 3D printers includes a PDMS (silicone) or Teflon (PTFE or FEB film) layer. As this consumable part deteriorates over time, so does your print quality. PDMS or Teflon layers can also pull away, tear or cloud - causing failed prints and delays.
If it’s important to you to achieve consistent results during your production run, do yourself a favor and choose to print on a Gizmo 3D printer which achieves proven consistent printing results every time WITHOUT the use of a PDMS or silicone layer. 2. SAVE TIME AND MONEY WHEN YOU AVOID RELYING ON THESE CONSUMABLES Should you print on a resin 3D printer that uses a PDMS (silicone) or Teflon (PTFE or FEP film) to print, you have to either spend the time or the money to replace the silicone or film as often as every 2 liters of resin used. It’s rather shocking to see how much people are spending on average to replace the entire tray of some resin 3D printers if they don’t want to spend the time to replace just the film or silicone. A brand new tray for one of the most popular resin 3D printers in the market, for example, costs USD 59.00 excluding postage. If you’re printing regularly, that cost adds up fast. The alternative is spending the time to replace the silicone in the tray which firstly involves prying up the old PDMS layer with a spatula. You'll have to be very careful not to scratch the acrylic if you can (which is a whole other story to deal with if you do!). You would then mix up some silicone and activator, pour it in the vat and level it. There’s more involved in this tedious process that you can read about in forums online. As mentioned before, the Gizmo 3D Printer is PDMS and Teflon layer FREE! So why wouldn’t one skip all that mess and get a Gizmo? One of the biggest mistakes people make is to think they save money if the upfront cost of a printer is cheaper and ignore or don't realise the cost and time expenditure that these consumables incur over months or years.
3. WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
Usually, during the resin 3D printing process, free-flowing and hardened bits of resin sink to the bottom of the resin container/vat.
If the light source in a resin 3D printer that is used to cure the resin lives at the bottom of the machine, these free-falling resin bits end up resting between the light and the uncured resin. As the bits stack together, they start blocking the light necessary to cure the resin adequately and thereby affect your print quality.
Therefore, it is necessary with some resin 3D printers to clean the vat after every print to get the best results. Cleaning the vat involves pouring the resin out of it through a filter funnel. The solidified resin that stuck to the bottom of the vat needs to be gently scooped up with a spatula taking care not to scratch the film as scratches can also affect your print quality.
Did you know you can skip the cleaning of a vat after every print entirely when you print on a Gizmo 3D printer? That’s because the light source on a Gizmo 3D Printer sits at the top of the machine; therefore any free-falling bits can sink to the bottom of the vat where it can’t affect the print quality at all because the printing happens on the surface of the resin.
4. INVEST IN PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL PRECISION FOR LESS $
Warning: Not all 3D printer suppliers are honest about the fact that many resin 3D printers can’t produce the same consistent results over the entire build plate. This is because the light source’s light intensity is usually more concentrated in the center of the build plate but weaker on the outskirts as it has to reach further to cure the resin there.
Here at the Gizmo 3D factory, we’ve spent years researching and developing our specialized technology to ensure users of a Gizmo 3D printer can rely on consistent accuracy across the build area every time they print.
We compared the accuracy of our machines to another brand of 3D printers that costs nearly 3 times as much.
Both pictures below show a scan of a 3D print. The 3D print is of a mesh model that was created by scanning the inside of a patient's mouth. Orthodontists 3D print these scans as part of the process of producing Invisalign-type products in which case accuracy is of utmost importance.
The lower the numbers are in these pictures, the more accurate the 3D print dimensions are to the original 3D scan of the patient's mouth.
Picture A shows the accuracy of a printer that is three times the price of a Gizmo 3D printer.
Picture B shows much lower numbers than picture B proving that the accuracy of a Gizmo 3D Printer is even better than the costly alternative 3D printer.
5. GET THE LOWEST MAINTENANCE MACHINE YOU CAN
Here’s a list of annoying resin 3D printer maintenance tasks you would likely have to endure if you don’t choose to print on the low maintenance Gizmo 3D Printer:
5.1 Replacing cracked plastic vats or leaky resin cartridges.
The Gizmo 3D printer is entirely made up of quality parts. Where other printer manufacturers use plastic vats and resin cartridges that can leak, we provide customers with stainless steel vats for example. Resin is poured directly into the vat of a Gizmo 3D Printer from a bottle.
5.2 If you're really unlucky printing on another resin 3D printer, a leaky cartridge or cracked vat could flood the electronics of your machine.
This is one less of a worry for users of Gizmo 3D printers as the electronics of our machines don't sit below the stainless steel vat.
5.3 More troubleshooting
The Gizmo 3D Printer has a simplified design that is much more reliable than it's complex designed competitors. Only 1 part moves during the printing process. A simplified system results in much less maintenance than more complex 3D printers with plenty of electronics that can break and cause production delays.
5.4 Restarting the printing process due to failed prints
Have you noticed how the final printed part on some resin 3D printers hang upside down when it’s finished? This way of printing leaves the user vulnerable to all sorts of problems that can occur with his/her print during the printing process. These include:
Printing large? Gravity might pull your print off of the build plate before it is completed.
If the PDMS or Teflon layer wasn't cleaned properly, it could lead to weakened areas in your final print, which can break off mid-print.
These issues don't apply to users of Gizmo 3D Printers because any print created on a Gizmo 3D Printer sits on top of the build plate from start to finish. 5.5 Replacing PDMS or Teflon layers. (Refer to point #2 above)
6. GET THE FASTEST RESIN 3D PRINTER YOU CAN AFFORD
When it comes to running a production - there's no doubt time is money. The Gizmo 3D Printers can print up to 33 times faster than the average resin 3D printers in the market while remaining competitively priced.
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To find out if the Gizmo 3D Printer is the right fit for your 3D printing production, feel free to book a call or email info@gizmo3Dprinters.com.au