The concept of 3D printing seems to be pretty simple, however often it can be challenging to actually produce or print products. There are a lot of hick-ups and pitfalls that undermine the process. Hardware is still imperfect and 3D models are not suitable for printing ‘out of the box’. When it comes to printing 3D models engineers have to manually optimize the design: to thicken the walls, correct overlapping surfaces, edit normals, fill cavities and holes or even re-produce the whole design from scratch. Furthermore, there are scaling issues. Changing the scales of the digital model may trigger inconsistencies in the physical product, which leads to defect rates increase. Dealing with those challenges could be costly in terms of time, resource wasting, elongation of the production cycle and increase of the time-to-market. Thus, despite all the beauty of 3D printing, there are still a lot of issues that roadblock effective usage of 3D printers in production, and people from RUHRSOURCE are determined to solve them. Their flagship application CUR3D processes 3D files and automatically optimizes data for 3D printing, reducing the prepress preparations from several hours to a couple of minutes and making the whole process more robust.
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