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Predicting weight of 3d pieces


#1

Does anyone know of a procedure or formula to compute theweight of
aa piece that will be 3D printed in a specific metal? I am going to
use a STL. file and cast in steel. Do I multiply the specific
gravity of the metal by the volume Of design? It is a complex design
with many curves so i do not know how to calculate its volume
either. I am not a cad-user; I made file using the website Tinkercad
so please keep that in mind when you answer. Mary


#2

Probably getting in touch with the printer you’re planning on using
would be your best bet. I expect Shapeways and other high volume
printers have formulas for this.

Elliot Nesterman


#3

Hi Mary, Normally the cad software will have a tool to calculate the
metal weight? If not, I have only had pieces cast in stainless steel
a couple of times. But I seem to remember it was more of a flask
charge than a charge by material weight? If you know the dimensions
of the object I think you will probably be able to get a quote on the
cost that way. I would suggest you call the good folks at Techform
Casting and ask them. Techform Advanced Casting Technology, 5558-D SE
International Way Portland, Oregon 97222, 503-652-5224.

Mark