1. Metal Expansion Kit
2. Virtual brown part analysis
Running virtual brown part analysis can be the difference between success and failure, so if you have access to FEA software it’s easy to complete this step and give yourself some reassurance that your part will survive the sintering process.
3. Shrinkage Rate Consistency
Shrinkage rate consistency is better than you might think. As an engineer it’s easy to be sceptical about this, thinking it can’t just always be a constant and that it must be geometry dependent. I should know, I was that sceptical engineer at the outset.
4. Easy Post-processing
It’s “Green for Go” when it comes to easy post-processing. The relative robustness to handling, yet soft nature of the material, in the green state makes it the ideal time to do some finishing work.
5. If In Doubt, Use a Setter Plate
It will give you a better guarantee of success in your early days of using Metal FFF - and your parts will thank you for it if they are of certain geometries.
With the knowledge I’ve shared in my #MetalThursdays series and these top tips you’re ready to explore the opportunities and design freedoms that exist with Metal FFF compared to subtractive machining.
Whilst this is the last of my weekly posts, it isn’t the end, I’ll be continuing to share my further adventures in Metal FFF. As I mentioned in last week's post, exploring integrated mechanisms is definitely one of the areas I want to get into next.