A Resolution for Resolution

By on June 9th, 2008 in blog

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Last week we enjoyed reading Tim Pickup’s excellent review of several contemporary 3D printers. But hidden inside the article was something that we found intriguing.

Tim pointed out a chart that compared the 3D print resolutions of various 3D printers. As you can see in the chart, there are vast differences in print quality between the devices.

Of course, resolution is not the only matter of concern when buying a 3D printer. However, this is one of the first direct comparisons we’ve seen. Like a test pattern, we can see this type of comparison becoming a standardized evaluation for 3D printers in the future. But there are questions:

What should be the form of a resolution test?
How does color alter your perception of the resolution?
How fine and detailed should the test model be?
How can the test’s results be properly represented in 2D form (for publication)?

Time will tell. We forsee a standardized resolution test for 3D printers that will be commonly used by users and manufacturers.

Via HalfPricePrototypes

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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