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Posted · Split large .stl

Hi,

I don't know if I have asked before, but this sure would be handy. Like when you have a huge model you want to print and would like to split it in different parts (that just fit your build area). Would be a nice addition to Meshmixer it think

The only thing I have found ist Netfabb Pro (grrrr, only have the basic version) (http://wiki.netfabb.com/Split_Large_STL_file).

 

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Posted · Split large .stl

This is what i found on the web:

 

In Meshmixer, load your object and select Plane Cut as an edit.

In the options panel on the right, there is a drop-down menu that says Cut, change it to Split.

Press enter.

Now the tricky part. Go to Select mode, and select some faces on one half of the split. In Modify, go to Expand to Group. This should select all the faces on one side of the split. Now go to Edit, and choose the Separate option. Press Enter.

Now you should be able to move each half of the split separately.

However, Netfabb Basic is probably the easiest way to do this for now.

I don't remember what software but i believe that netfabb pro isn't the only one to do this

[edit]I believe Cura is able to do this too?

Or maybe not

Maybe take a look at:

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130111-puzzlecut-lets-you-cut-object-into-smaller-pieces-for-3d-printing.html

 

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Posted · Split large .stl

well my idea would be to take the stl. install the latest version of blender for free ! and split up the model into a few different bodies and then export them individually out as stl.. job solved.

blender is a little different to other programs but there is so much stuff on youtube to help you do exactly this. it should be a piece of cake !

Ian :-)

 

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Posted · Split large .stl

oh cool didnt know that option was now available for the free version ?

Ian

 

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Posted · Split large .stl

I was thinking about something more automatic. Load a huge .stl file - like 2m x 2m, tell it your max build size and let it chop down the model and save a bunch of .stl files.

 

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