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Why is 3D Printing So Slow and How Can I Make It Faster?

Why is 3D Printing So Slow and How Can I Make It Faster?

If there’s one thing that has held back the potential of 3D printing to be a completely revolutionary and practical technology, it’s speed. This is particularly problematic in the case of Fused Deposition Modeling printers, which is by far the most common form of 3D printers used today . Depending on the size of the build and the level of quality you’re aiming for, an FDM print could take 12 hours or more to finish. With such a timeframe, FDM printing simply fails to put the “rapid” in rapid prototyping. Why are FDM printers so slow? What’s limiting them from printing faster? Is there a technology that can make 3D prints faster than FDM printers? How fast is 3D printing? In terms of how fast the extruder assembly can lay down the filament on the build platform, most 3D printers have a maximum setting of about 150 mm/sec. However, […]


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