Following the launch of the 3DPrintCloud as an API earlier in the year, Materialise has now added the tool most requested by the community: the Wall Thickness Analyzer.
According to Materialise, approximately one in five orders placed at 3D printing consumer service bureaus has to be cancelled because the 3D model provided has incorrect wall thicknesses. With the new analysing tool a solution for this common problem is now at hand.
Materialise explains, how much wall thickness really matters:
Models with walls that are too thin run the risk of breaking during 3D printing or while being handled. To really show you why having the right wall thickness matters, we 3D-printed a little experiment: the mascot from 3DPrintCloud’s signage, a meerkat. This time the little creature appears as a chef holding a fork, printed once with faulty walls and once with a file that had been corrected using the new Wall Thickness Analyzer. Here’s how they turned out.
See how the uncorrected one didn’t fare so well? The thinnest parts, the tines of the fork, didn’t survive the printing process at all. The long handle of the fork, also one of the most fragile elements of the model, broke off soon after. And the Wall Thickness Analyzer tool on the 3DPrintCloud could have told you that all along.
3D printing service providers can integrate the 3DPrintCloud API into their existing platform or software programs, allowing users to check their files for printability beforehand.