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How many pieces does a 3D printer produce a 5cmX5cm model in 12 hours? Answered

Hi all

I plan to use a 3D printer to produce boxes for my circuit boards in small production.say 30-50 would be OK per day to keep profit.but I heard the 3D printer is a low efficient tool.so i want to hear people's opinion.

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

5 years ago

3D printing is better suited for much smaller runs, one offs, and prototyping. Not something you'll want to use in a full production run product. There are much better processes and cheaper ones to give you what you need.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

5 years ago

given you can buy a box that size for a couple of dollars at the very most, of the shelf, making your own isn't cost effective at ALL.

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rickharris
rickharris

5 years ago

Vacuum form - By far the easiest as the tool is made from wood.

This is a home possible process but there are many commercial places doing it to a very high standard.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

5 years ago

For those amounts it might come cheaper have a tool made and to extrude the parts prfessionally through a company.
For the prototyping a 3D printer is fine, for those amounts not really a good choice.
If you look around there is a good chance to find a suitable box for cheap and in great numbers.
Especially asian suppliers have a huge range of enclosures on offer.
If you still want to use a 3D printer go for something with a big building area to allow multiple pieces being printed in one go.
For example someting in the range of the MEga Prusa has around 290x260x200 build space.
If you pack your pieces close and the design is simple it can be quite fast this way - with a proper printer and extruder.

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bwrussell
bwrussell

5 years ago

It depends on a lot of factors.

What type of printing are you doing (FDM, SLA, SLS, Polyjet, DMD, etc) and as an off-shoot what material are you using?

How tall is the box? Z height is a big driver of time.

What kind of surface finish are you looking for? The faster you go the rougher the surface.

What's the total run quantity? You want 30-50 a day but after how many units will the design change or be dropped?

I don't know of any single additive machine that will be able to kit those rates. You're going to have to go with injection molding or finding a supplier I suspect.