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How strong are 3D printed parts?

This question will vary depending on material and infill percentage.  A part that is printed with 100% infill (completely solid) can be as strong as an injection molded part of the same material, however a part with only 15% infill (mostly hollow inside) will exhibit much lower strengths.  Keep in mind, not all printed parts are created equal.  We've worked hard to optimize our print setting to produce as strong of a bond between layers as possible, creating parts that rival those that are solid molded with traditional methods.  

What surface finish can I expect?

 As with any FDM printed part, there will be always be some small, horizontal lines that show up around the part.  At 3DP Moto we've worked hard to optimize our print settings and minimize this effect as much as possible, however under close inspection these lines will always be present in printed parts.  Since printed parts are built up layer by layer, each of these lines represents a layer (or step) in the print, similar to how the rings in the trunk of a tree indicate the age of the tree.  The untrained eye would likely not even notice them, but in the interest of transparency we felt they should be mentioned.

Can you do two different colors?

Yes, depending on the part and its orientation in the printer.  This is currently not an option for most of our cable guides, however it is an option for other parts.  If this is something that interests you, send us an email and we can work out whether or not it is feasible for your application.

Are the cable guides direct, bolt on replacements?

Absolutely!  All you'll need to do is remove the old guide, carefully slide the new guide over the thinnest section of the brake line, and bolt it in place.  If you are running an aftermarket number plate (such as a Cycra stadium plate), please indicate this when ordering as we may need some additional information via email to complete the order.

What is Acetone Vapor Smoothing?

Acetone Vapor Smoothing is a process used to smooth the surface of ABS parts.  A part is suspended above a small amount of acetone and sealed in an airtight container, and the acetone vapor begins softening the outer surface of the part.  After the surface is sufficiently smoothed, the part is removed from the container and allowed to re-solidify in open air.  Timing is critical, if the part is exposed to the acetone vapor for too long it will begin to lose its shape and fine details will blend together.  Once re-solidified, the part will be stronger than before and have a smoother, more finished look.

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