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Mar 17, 2016 | By Andre
There’s an old saying of not being able-bodied to have your cake and eat it too. The yett is you can’t have it all and which so much of life is of compromise. This principal generally applies to 3D printing as well.
Let’s say you want a high resolution 3D print. You’ll only of always have to sacrifice a thing (such as print density or speed) for the reason additional layers can require to be laid out over a smaller in size vertical space. 3D print durablity is another area where compromise is traditionally king. As is common practice with FDM fashion 3D printing equipment, you can increase the speed of a 3D print by lowering the internal density but can lose part durablity in the process.

It appears as yet Erik Es – long time Maker and owner of the Amsterdam 3D Print Shop – has created a way to create amazingly swift, decently sized single walled 3D prints which can in a few cases hold a man without collapse.
His method, called ES-Cage Printing relies on 3D printing geometrically strong structures via a single shell of filament and no assist structures thanks in sizeable part to the handy time-saving showcase used by FDM 3D printing equipment called bridging.
Typically if you are 3D printing a thing and there is nothing at a lower place for the material to extrude onto, the outcome in a sloppy mess. Bridging allows for you to print over decently spaced out gaps by swiftly depositing a thin line of filament over the open space as demonstrated in the video at a lower place.

The Es-Cage method relies heavily on this showcase and after looking through a few 3D print examples by Erik, it does not take long to know how swift the 3D prints via his approach may form.
As described on his website, “the printing device is printing “zig-zags” all the time, alternating between zig-zagging and zag-zigging to form the stages.” Fun word play aside, it is with these patterns and the “OFMS” (Only Follow Mesh Surface”) showcase in Ultimanufacturer’s Cura 3D print software which he can complete outcomes.
It’s worth checking out his helpful guide, as it demonstrates how a solid object (as seen at a lower place) is turned into a single shell surface in a relatively straightforward way.

Over the course of the last few months, Erik has created lighter cases, a pen, bracelets, errings, rings, necklaces and much additional via this technique.
And while he admits to not being tech savvy adequate to do so himself, he thinks this 3D printing method can quite shine if an algorithm can be created to incorporate the highlighted rules in other slicing/3D print programs.
I myself am looking closely at the astounding castle he created via this method and am jealous I don’t have the file required to manufacture one myself. But beyond which, the future practical applications to this formula are vast. Just consider, he was able-bodied to stand on a 4x4x4cm block (of half an hour of 3D printing) without smashing it to bits.
In the end, Erik’s Maker spirit shines throughout the interesting narrative of both his introduction and guides to the technique he created. He’s ready to work with anyone which can be ready to additional create his yett (or alternatively point him to a much like process which may already exists).

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