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DESIGN Guidelines

With all manufacturing processes, it’s essential that the parts are designed with a manufacturing process in mind.  This is your go to guide for Design for Manufacture for 3D Printing

Wall Thickness

Thickness - Design Requirements

As good design practice, you should always add thickness to your models. Walls with thickness greater than 1.0mm can be successfully printed with all processes.  


Overhang - Design Requirements

All parts with an overhang greater than 45º will require support material. Any areas where support will be required, marks will present on the final surface unless post-processed. 

Embosses & Engravings

Emboss - Design Requirements

Features on the model that are raised or recessed below the model surface. Features with a minimum 0.8mm wide 2mm high / deep can be successfully printed with all processes.


Hole Thumbnail - Design Requirements

We recommend a minimum diameter of Ø 2.0mm for 3D printing holes. Ensure this meets your clearance fit requirements. 


Pin Thumbnail - Design Requirements

We recommend for all prints with a height of over 5mm a minimum diameter of Ø 3.0mm for printing pins. 

Connecting / Moving Parts

Fit Thumbnail - Design Requirements

The recommended clearance between two moving or connecting parts is a minimum 0.5mm

Computer Front Screen - Design Requirements

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SGD CIRCLE - Design Requirements

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