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File Fixing: How OTTO Ensures Printability of 3D Models

Read on to find out about:

  • Why OTTO makes 3D printing easy and affordable for any business ready to offer this technology to their customers.
  • How OTTO works, including features and typical applications.
  • Why file analysis is so important to the customer base.
  • Typical fixes necessary for 3D models.

OTTO is a transformative ordering solution created for manufacturers interested in two things: offering 3D printing to their customers--and getting quality orders out the door efficiently and affordably. Developed and perfected for over a decade, OTTO offers a cost-free, proven business model that makes 3D printing incredibly fast, accessible, and easy to integrate. 

The OTTO Advantage

Companies of any size are able to add a new technology to their offerings, and enjoy a new stream of revenue with OTTO. Because all 3D printing duties are delegated and outsourced to this sophisticated manufacturing software, suddenly businesses can handle any volume of orders without hesitation, without any wait time for pricing as customers receive instant quotes upon uploading models, and without any worries over handling and fixing file errors.

Although some manufacturers may also have 3D printing available onsite, it can be difficult to streamline formal production of parts and expedited delivery to customers. For others there may be a steep learning curve with new technology, along with the challenges and expenses of setting up new manufacturing processes in-house. With OTTO, no experience in 3D printing is required--and no capital expenditure is required for equipment or services.

Features include:

  • Secure uploading and ordering available on a customized web page, designed with each company’s brand, logo, and colors front and center. 
  • Streamlined production with fast checkout, file fixing, and customized feedback to ensure printability.
  • Many choices in 3D printing technology, materials, and finishes.
  • A complete white-label solution that includes a customized ordering page, expedited shipping, and order tracking.
  • Customer service insight, featuring pricing structure, issuing refunds, and answering customer questions in one central location.
  • Automated reporting for tracking orders, maintaining customer information, monitoring revenue, and more.

3D Printability is Critical to Quality Products & Customer Retention

The key in enhancing the customer experience is to provide the expertise necessary for 3D printing high-performance, quality parts durable enough to withstand long-term use in critical applications, as well as serving as functional prototypes. OTTO addresses all those concerns, doing the heavy lifting, while also providing excellence in quality and customer service. Critical services like file fixing are included too, ensuring that files are able to be 3D printed even if they require some fine-tuning to get to that point. 

Creating objects in 3D affords designers an infinite universe of possibilities, and freedom like never before. This is especially true with the unprecedented ability to design highly customized, complex geometries which may have been previously impossible using traditional methods. Still though, there are guidelines and boundaries which must be followed for printability. 

Manufacturing a stable, quality product is critical to many of the applications OTTO is used for, to include:

  • Aerospace and drone technology
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Robotics
  • Mechanical 
  • Medical

What Makes a File Printable?

Many files have typical issues that are easily fixed, and most often they are related to problems like incompatibility with materials and more complicated 3D models. Printable models tend to have the following attribute:

  • Strong geometries
  • Suitable wall-thickness
  • Proper orientation
  • Appropriate engraving details in terms of material and technology used
  • Suitable texture

3D printed models may also be returned with specific recommendations and customized feedback for making files printable. In some cases, there may be deeper analysis required to examine a 3D model and offer input as to whether or not it will survive the manufacturing process, what to expect, and whether post-processing will play a role. While not every file can be fixed, the general goal is to retain the originality and essence of the core design, along with remaining open and flexible regarding project requirements and the volume size necessary for the build.

Find out more about OTTO’s advanced 3D printing materials and technology here.

About OTTO

OTTO enables manufacturers to offer 3D printing to their customers without any capital expenditure. Our manufacturing enterprise software is easily integrated, simplifying production of 3D printed parts in any volume with a wide variety of suitable materials and technologies--meeting the most advanced standards for any manufacturing enterprise.

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