Overview of the most common 3D printing file formats

There are plenty of file formats for 3D models. A lot of them are native to a specific software (e.g. a CAD program) and cannot be used for any other program. However, there are a few formats, which can be used for the most common 3D programs, as well as for 3D printing. In this article, you will find an overview of popular 3D formats, their applications and the importance for 3D printing.

HP Jet Fusion vs. Laser Sintering

When HP announced the key features of their new 3D printer ‘Multi Jet Fusion 4200’ in 2014, they promised it would introduce a new kind of additive technology, which would print parts that were more accurate and stronger than those produced by FDM and laser sintering printers – and at ten times the speed. Now that the HP Multi Jet Fusion 4200 has been on the market for a few months, it is time to take an in-depth look at the most important characteristics of both technologies and most importantly, at the quality of the 3D printed parts that they are capable of producing.

The influence of layer height in 3D printing quality

All additive technologies (‚3D printing‘) have in common, that objects are build layer by layer. Therefore, one of the major quality parameters is the layer height in 3D printing. The layer height can be as low as a few microns in DLP or Polyjet machines, or several millimeters in large FDM printers. In this article, you will find an overview of the impact on layer height in 3D printing quality, an overview of the layer heights in popular additive technologies and typical cases, where lower layer heights are helpful or unnecessary.