Showing 1 of 18 conversations about:
View Full Discussion
There are going to be so many returns....
When you up your game and start milling these let me know.
What an insightful and helpful comment! Thank you for your thoughtful contributions to the community. Please regale us with additional pearls of wisdom!
Aw little guy, don't get too worked up. 3d printed cases using FDM have imperfections customers probably aren't expecting. (I own an FDM printer and did some printing for 'customers' who didn't know what to expect, and my printer is well tuned and performs great, but honestly most people aren't expecting layer lines and what a top-layer looks like)
I do like the case design though, and am actually interested in a milled/mould version (alu, wood, delrin, titanium, admantium, mithril .. whatever)
I highly disagree with this statement. I run a 3d printed ortholinear keyboard case business on the side and I have had one minor complaint (his complaint was the layer lines but he was expecting them so not really a complaint). This is after 100+ sales. If you have high quality pictures of what they will receive there should be no issues. You will run into problems if you have pictures of something you did a lot of post processing on (or difference print setting/layer heights) and dont do that on the orders you ship.
Edit: I will say that the pictures are not of high enough quality on this to really show the layer lines. But massdrops pictures are never of high enough quality
> I will say that the pictures are not of high enough quality on this to really show the layer lines. But massdrops pictures are never of high enough quality
There is also a difference from going to a '3d printed thing' store and going to someplace like here and buying something. The quality expectations are different.
Meh I am not so sure. I offer my products through a popular mechanical keyboard market where I am one of the only people selling 3d printed keyboard stuff.
Additive manufacturing may not have the precision of subtractive manufacturing but I think it has its place in the keyboard community. It allows boards like the dactyl and manuform, which would not be possible to make at a reasonable cost any other way.
Definitely. Spending $50,000 to $250,000 on plastic molds severely limits the possible designs that can be created for the keyboard community.
Some 3D printed designs are impossible to injection mold since they would need to be either two-part designs, or hollow underneath. A solid shell with hexagonal infill is easy to do with a 3D printer, but impossible to do with an injection mold.