How to 3D Print Text

3D printing has a wide range of applications, and one popular thing to print is objects with embossed or debossed text. Text can include words, numbers, punctuation, and other characters, and can be a little tricky to 3D print. That’s because, especially in a long string of text, there are so many small details and edges, and they all have to be printed cleanly. Otherwise, you may not be able to make out what it says!

When it comes to 3D printing text, the printed script’s quality doesn’t just start with your printer. The 3D design and slicer settings also play a significant role in how your 3D printed text will appear.

In this article, we’ll be going over some tips for 3D printing text. We’ll review some design tips, useful slicer settings, and even some hardware advice.

The first step in any 3D print is the design; even a perfect printer with all the right slicer settings can’t make a poorly-designed part look good or function properly. Designing text is much easier nowadays, as most computer-aided design (CAD) programs contain tools to make text boxes. You can use text boxes to either emboss (raise or extrude) or deboss (lower or sink) text, depending on how you want your model to appear.

After opening the model you want to add text to in your CAD program, create a text box and copy or type in whatever words, letters, or other characters you want to be printed. Then extrude or remove the text at least a millimeter from the surrounding surface, so it will be clearly visible.

Embossed 3D printed text usually is easier to see on a model, but if you can’t afford the extra print time, want to conserve material, or just prefer the appearance of text sunk into a surface, then debossing is still a great option. Also, feel free to raise this emboss or deboss value, because the greater the height difference from the surrounding surfaces, the easier the text will be to see.


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