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How to position models for best printing


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Posted · How to position models for best printing

Hi guys,

I have had my machine for awhile now and print something everyday. Despite, the constant whirring of the machine, I would love to hear peoples tips regarding model positioning and rotation and how it effects printability and quality.

I realize that every model has its own set of tweaks etc.. that will help it print better.

So as an example I would like to talk about a model that was recently put up by the smithsonian from their collection. (Very Cool!!)

You can download a print ready version of the wooly mammoth skeleton from the collection. It loads into Cura standing up. Based on overhangs etc... my first inclination would be to put it on its back legs straight up. Unfortunately, that means that the supports structure debris will be on a very visible portion of the model after it prints. Any thoughts on how to best approach something like this?

Another thought would be to break it up into parts that I could print and then assemble.

I look forward to hear what everyone thinks.

Q

 

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    Posted · How to position models for best printing

    Not totally on topic.

    I think this is a nice video:

     

    There at 1:00 they are printing a relief with 45° rotation. That would raise the resolution in one direction (with a little bit less resolution in z). I have to test this.

     

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