Why time will destroy your 3D print and cost a lot? – MaxFilament.com – Premium grade industrial filaments, materials for 3D printing, FFF, FDM

3D printing technology is becoming increasingly popular among production and service companies. As a result, they regularly require consumables for the printers. Many of them use large format printers, often referred to as industrial ones. And as you can imagine, large printers also mean large printouts, so the need for filament tends to be high. However, several issues are important in such an industrial application: in particular, the repeatability and stable quality of the material and, most importantly, its availability in large quantities. Manufacturing companies often maintain constant shipments of components or semi-finished products from their suppliers. But… have you ever heard of the perversity of inanimate objects? What to do when a large batch of prints just don’t come up to scratch? What if it turns out that the company’s warehouse is out of filament? It’s easy to imagine the impact this could have on the entire production process! So why isn’t filament treated as an essential supply? Just think about it…

The inconspicuous beginning of the tragedy

It turns out that treating your filament supplier as a lesser element of the production process can be a big mistake. Imagine a situation where a service company is nearing completion of a large order for a customer that took several days to complete. The machines are warmed up, the filament is slowly unwinding from the filament spools, and all of this is accompanied by the steady hum of the print chamber and the creak of the print head. Everything is fine, then suddenly bang… The filament runs out. A quick investigation reveals that not only is this colour no longer available in your warehouse, but the prints you’ve already made are missing some layers, rendering them unusable. What happens next? First, there’s anger. Second, you realize the problems caused by the wasted time and how it can affect the entire project. Third, cost, cost, and cost again. It’s best not to even tell your boss what happened… You need to find a quick solution. Or at least find a culprit… or rather a scapegoat in this situation.

What will be your first thought? How do I get out of this situation? It was the machine that broke down again … Missing layers again, maybe it’s the software? Probably the program did not calculate the need correctly. Well, we have the machine we have, nothing can be done about it. Then it’s definitely the filament’s fault! Wasn’t there enough of it on the spools? What did this manufacturer sell us! It’s time to call him and blame him.

A vicious circle that could have been avoided

Usually such a situation ends with a long discussion with the manufacturer, a lot of nerves, proving whose fault it is (and why it’s not the filament’s fault, or why it is). In most cases, it really isn’t the fault of the material itself. It happens that the filament has a manufacturing defect, but the trained eye of the printer can spot it pretty quickly before printing begins. Either way, the company has incurred costs, has a problem with time and with the customer, and you have to somehow manoeuvre between all of these problems. Suddenly translating deadlines and looking for solutions in them often proves as difficult and ineffective as climbing Mount Everest in sneakers. Is it possible? You don’t know, but it’s better not to try. Even if we manage to appease the customer somehow, the whole plan collapses because of one thing. Where to suddenly get the filament for a new print? And how to get it delivered yesterday…? Unfortunately, despite painstaking attempts, it often turns out that you can’t have a larger quantity of a certain material with specific parameters or color right away because there are bottlenecks in the warehouse, or production has stopped, or there are no granules, but you could use different ones, only then the parameters may be different, too… There are countless consequences and cause-effect aspects to consider. Practically every printing company, small or large, has been confronted with such a situation. and unfortunately, if you want the end customer to be satisfied with the print quality, you have no choice but to wait. Even if the order was not carried out for an external client, but for the internal department of your company, a few days of waiting for a new mould or tool will seem like forever. The stress level is high, the problems seem countless. Unfortunately, time has not yet moved back or sped up. So… how can you avoid situations like this?

Let a filament supplier into your process

At Maxfilament, we focus on scheduling deliveries and systematically supplying materials. But how do you do it right? You might say that planning ahead for 3D printing and preparing for that production is not rocket science. However, it only seems that way. There are a lot of things to consider, you need to know the specifics of the market, as well as technological and logistical limitations related to filaments. If you want to avoid such situations as we have described above, it is better to let your supplier enter the production process. This will allow you to plan the amount of filament you need, select the appropriate quality and material specifications, set a date for the start of production, and prepare at least about 15% more spools than the project calls for. You need to go through the testing phase and, in the case of cyclical productions, prepare a delivery schedule. Because really, production and printing for the end customer starts with the granule production and we at Maxfilament know that very well. If you want to print at a higher level, print with us.

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