Designing 3D printed parts ready for brass inserts
Axis Prototypes chart provides handy specs for designing reinforcements into 3D printed parts.
Depending of the material and process used, additive manufacturing models and parts can have many benefits but durability isn’t always one of them, especially in those areas that will experience heightened stress or wear. To address this shortcoming, brass inserts are often used to increase the functionality and usability of 3D printed parts, especially in short run production jobs.
This “Standardized Hole Sizes For Brass Inserts” chart (pdf link) from Quebec-based AM service bureau, Axis Prototypes, takes the guesswork out of designing parts ready for inserts. Apply the recommended metrics from the .pdf to the part design so the inserts can be integrated post print.