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Posted · Best material / orientation



I am trying to replicate stainless steel plates that make lateral transport on a packaging machine .


I notice clearly that printed directions on xy are much stronger than on z axes but the part has a geometry that goes into z axis, any advice on best material, best printing orientation, the best type of infill etc...


I just tried to print it on UM Tough PLA, but I can brake with my hands so not even worth trying on the machine 


I have tried printing with flat side along the plate but then the hook with the slot gets also fragile, and in real there are tensions over there


in attach a visual explanation of what I am trying to do










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    Posted · Best material / orientation

    printing under an angle usually helps to get strength in all directions but support is needed


    If I understand correct your making a catch out of these two brackets, how heavy is the product falling through?


    I would try and place it with the big flat under a 45° angle with the with the build plate.

    With the 90deg angle placed on the buildplate, but printing with the same geometry as a steel part isn't always the best solution.




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    Posted · Best material / orientation

    for now, I just added additional thickness on the walls and at least I am not able to break it by hand. Didn´t try yet to install it on the machine. Thank all for the inputs 

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