This design model is based on my own personal experience when designing for 3D printing. During the design phase of any product, it is sometimes difficult to imagine the final product when it is designed for 3D printing. In most cases, each printer has different capabilities when compared together. I found that many times when I create a CAD model and eventually 3D print it, the model never comes out exactly as created in the CAD. This usually results in multiple irritations to get correct (which leads to wasted filament). This is how the guide cube was born, the need for an illustrative guide to assist in the model phase which allowed me to get a better prediction on the 3D printed outcome. The best part is that the cube incorporates the most common design requirements I found during my design phases and is still small enough to be placed on a desk or next to the printer. The design incorporates snap-fit parts to change the type of illustrations needed by the designer when creating 3D printable models. The design cube guide has six different sides illustrating common design qualities needed when creating a 3D printable model. It covers, tolerances for snap fit design for circles and squares, wall thicknesses varying from 2 mm to 7 mm, infill percentages matching the UP Studio recommendations, varied layer height thicknesses from 0.15 mm to 0.40 mm for vertical and horizontal print quality, angled prints varying from 30 degrees to 70 degrees without supports, and true hole and cylinder dimensions. The design cube guide is a 3D printable gadget that illustrates the different print qualities for the given printer. The idea is simple and is highly customizable based on the designers need and type of 3D printable models designed.
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