At Angled.io we are always looking for new designers to showcase on our site. However, there are specifics that we look for when choosing designers and certain qualifications that each design has to meet before we can post it on our site. These tips will help you get to know our process and will help you make sure your design is ready for production.
Design a Product That Can Be Printed in One Piece
Products that require assembly are not high on our list to approve. The added labor and time that it takes to assemble products slows down the assembly line. This causes orders to be shipped out at a slower pace. The best designs need minimal effort before they are ready to ship. Any products that need to be assembled, bent, or cleaned up before shipping out usually are at a low priority to be approved.
Make Sure the Product Has the Right Dimensions
Our printers can make almost anything but we have perfected the dimensions that work best with our printing farm. Products that are too small tend to lose details and products that are too big sometimes are to wide for our Slant Box 3D printers. The ideal size for a product is about the size of your fist. We do have some bigger designs like our Headphone Stands that are slightly smaller than a human head, and Make Anything's Finger Hats that are about as small as a grape. However, these products were designed by experienced designers that have spent a lot of time optimizing their prints. The biggest products we are able to design are about 8x8x10. Smaller products can be a little more tricky but with a very simple design they can be printed with ease. Typically fist sized products are the perfect size for detail work and are the ideal size overall for a product especially if it is your first product with Angled.
Simple Designs Over Complex
At Angled.io we love complex designs however there is a way to do them right. When we look through products or are doing test prints, there are specific things we look for that could hinder the printing process. There are three main things we have to beware of. Difficult overhangs, islands, and holes in a design may need to be tweaked and too many may qualify the design as unprintable.
Overhangs are an element of the design that hangs over or sticks out from the main part of the product. An overhang is not ideal because often filament is added to support the surface while printing, only to be cut off after the product finishes. This causes added labor and wastes a lot of plastic. Islands are when you have two tall parts of the design that stick out, kind of like horns. When there are islands, or similarly, big holes in the design the printer has to lift off the plane each layer. Each design has hundreds to thousands of layers and islands, holes, and overhangs can easily slow down and complicate the process.
If you are still are unsure about which one of your designs will print, head over to our FAQ page to get some more answers or email us at email@example.com. If you think that your product is ready to be printed check out the Submit Your Product page to get started with Angled. A percentage of all sales goes to the designer so they can continue to create awesome products.