[TUTORIAL] Bulk Lettering With the Flashforge AD1 Channel Letter 3D Printer

When it comes to production 3D printers, almost everyone imagines a huge machine worth several million rubles. But today this is no longer the case. Manufacturers of professional 3D equipment are adapting and offering new formats suitable for the needs of small and medium businesses.

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Introduced last fall, the Flashforge AD1 3D printer turned out to be the new solution that was lacking in the outdoor advertising industry.

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The production of illuminated signs for signage is a huge industry in the advertising industry. The most common methods today are laser cutting and milling, which have significant drawbacks.

The main problem with these methods is a large amount of manual labor and production waste, which cannot be avoided when using sheet materials, which entails additional costs. As a result, the tedious process of making three-dimensional letters using traditional technology offers a product at an exorbitant cost. While a 3D printer can not only save labor and material resources, but also improve the quality of finished products several times.

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Using the advantages of 3D printing technology, the production of volumetric light letters is becoming fast and profitable for both business and the end user. The absence of scraps and other associated waste reduces material costs. Manufacturing one letter in six steps with the Flashforge AD1 Channel Letter takes only a few hours and saves 2/3 production time. This means that even one 3D printer is capable of increasing workshop productivity several times over. While one master can only produce one object, the operator can monitor the print and operate several 3D printers at the same time.

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Flashforge AD1 Channel Letter offers production optimization at every stage. From project creation with FlashAD software and 3D printing of complex designs, to remote control of 3D printers and the security provided by a filament sensor and automatic stop and resume functions.

The free FlashAD software has been designed specifically for creating and slicing 3D models of volumetric letters. FlashAD greatly simplifies the creation of complex designs and eliminates the problem of calculating the bend angle in CNC machining. Four printing modes for automatic generation of hidden seam marks in cut files according to various templates, provide a smooth finished product surface. In addition, FlashAD outputs ready-made files for 3D printing, which are also suitable for a milling machine, eliminating the need to create separate ones.

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With FlashAD, you can automatically generate the required 3D print file by entering text and choosing a font. Or use CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, or any other 2D vector graphics software, and import the file into FlashAD, where the print files will be automatically generated.

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With FlashAD you can create various effects to suit your project: top step, top panel, chamfer to support the panel, bottom base, extended base, bottom step.

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Create color effects: from monochrome printing to various color combinations.

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Design anchor holes, slopes, arcs, corners, sections, engravings, unique inverse tilt shadow effects and complex shapes.

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Adjust the thickness, height of the walls and the letter cover.

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With FlashAD, you can easily design designs of any complexity. The large number of available settings, functions and capabilities allows you to go beyond straight lines. Cursive letters, flowing lines, corners and arcs, a variety of color combinations – all this is available in one free application.

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Uploading the print file can be done directly using the FlashCloud cloud platform.

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Cloud platform FlashCloud realizes direct control of one or several 3D printers via the Internet. The ability to remotely control a 3D printer, transfer print files, and control printing is designed to automate the production process and simplify work with multiple devices at the same time.

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Signage doesn’t have to be time – consuming – the main principle that guided the company when developing the Flashforge Channel Letter solution . Making bulky letters with Flashforge includes only six steps:

 

  1. Design development using FlashAD, CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator
  2. Importing and slicing files in FlashAD
  3. 3D printing of volumetric letter
  4. Acrylic panel manufacturing
  5. Bonding the acrylic panel and the printed letter base
  6. Light installation

 

The large construction area of ​​Flashforge AD1 – 600x600x70 mm, is specially designed for printing large letters of standard height. In this case, the letters can be printed entirely, and all that remains is to mount the backlight.

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The Flashforge AD1 Channel Letter 3D printer together with FlashAD and FlashCloud software eliminates a lot of time-consuming and routine processes. Remote control and security features allow the device to operate autonomously, the operator only needs to make a simple setup and send the file to print. In the event of a power failure, the print protection function will instantly raise the extruder to avoid damage to the print model by the high temperature nozzle, and resume printing when power is restored.

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Simple and straightforward design software allows you to get exactly what you planned in the end. By combining the Flashforge AD1 with environmentally resistant plastics, you have a simple and efficient solution for 3D lettering.

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Additive technologies can replace outdated manufacturing methods with more practical ones that meet the principles of smart, green manufacturing. The main advantage of 3D printing is faster and cheaper production. The 3D printer significantly increases productivity with fewer employees and less production space. All this makes the production cost of one letter on a 3D printer 3 times less than in classical production, and the level of finished products is much higher.

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A large performance 3D printer like the Flashforge AD1 can print a durable and lightweight sign in just a few hours. Isn’t every entrepreneur dreaming of such savings in production time and resources?

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