Sculpteo's hollowing demonstartion
Despite progression in rapid manufacturing the main use for 3D printing is still prototyping, although turning round iterations in design is ultimately quicker and cheaper there are still processes to be streamlined and ways to make it more cost-effective.
One area that Sculpteo hope to have improved is material wastage and price with a new automatic hollowing feature on their already excellent 3D printing service. Without the need for any CAD skills Sculpteo will now hollow and show you the cutaways of your model at no extra cost, in fact it will save you money.
Hollowing is now an automatic feature in Sculpteo’s ordering system, a customer simply has to select it on the “Optimise” screen and Sculpteo’s software will do the rest, including updating to optimum hollow settings when you change material or the size of your model.
When you hollow an object Sculpteo will allow you to choose two holes – the size of which is determined by the software – for excess material removal. This allows the user to make lighter models, which for bulky materials like ceramics is beneficial not just for weight but for cost also; the process could potentially save the user up to 70% in price.
As demonstrated in the video above the hollowing process is benefitted from the newly implemented Cutaway View, which now has easier access. This view allows the user to not only see if their print has hollowed correctly but if the part has moving parts it allows you to check that spacing between parts is present and correct.
Now if they could just solve world hunger with a 3D printer we'd be cooking with gas!