Mark is a designer for Aztec Scenic Design, an ultra creative design and finishing shop that focuses on high-end ceiling treatments. Before joining Aztec, Mark was a chef with a penchant for inventing. And that’s exactly what Aztec owner Gabriel Collazo was looking for – a creative problem solver. Mark worked on ceiling designs that involved time-intensive molding and castings to get the treatment just right. He soon turned to 3D printing to make the casts in half the time and cost. Tinkering with the 3D printer led him to solve some other printing challenges – like making a brush. Mark developed bridging techniques that enable the 3D printer to literally “print over air” creating flexible, yet strong, intricate designs that use individual filament strands. “The 3D printer expanded the creative options we could offer clients, but the more complex designs created printing challenges, and it took months to develop the solutions,” said Mark Leonard.
- Adhesion is critical. As every strand adds more tension, the strands need to adhere perfectly.
- Use a smaller nozzle and make sure it’s clear because any clogging will cause the bridge to fail.
- Adjust the slicing by managing the bridge flow ratio to control extrusion when the printer is bridging.
- An end platform offset from the design object allows the bridges to connect.