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Due to the layering process of additive manufacturing, parts have inherently anisotropic properties.

This means the mechanical properties are not uniform in X, Y and Z directions. Typically, and in particular with FDM printing, the Z direction is the weakest direction as this is the direction of the layering process. It’s important to consider the best technology and material if you require a part to be isotropic in X, Y and Z and consider the part orientation to optimise part performance.

Ricoh AM offers design and consultancy services to assist with any strength considerations. 

Part Strength Diagram

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