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How to Create Escape Holes by CAD and Save Filament Costs

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on Aug 13 2014 , 06:00:07
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3D printing is hailed as a disruptive technology that puts the cost of a product in the hands of the consumer. While this is true to some extent, the costs involved with owning a 3D printer can become relatively expensive. Filament prices vary from about $25 – $50 per kilo, and if you’re an avid 3D printer it can get quite costly.

3D printing marketplace Shapeways has released a video tutorial that can help reduce filament costs and wastage. In the video below, 3D modeler and sculptor Laurie provides insightful CAD tips to help you create an ‘escape hole’ in your product that makes it hollow, thus using up much less material, while still not affecting aesthetics.

Check it out.



Shanie Phillips is a originally from the UK, but has spent many years in Singapore, the US and now Israel. In addition to writing for Inside3DP she writes for several news and innovation sites.

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