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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

Is there an easy way to divide a large model in Cura into smaller segments, so that you can print them individually, then glue them together as one large piece?

 

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Nope. The closest you'll get is "Cut off object bottom" which in essence lowers the part into the platform so that only the top portion is printed out. So you could print out the top half of it, then rotate the part 180 degrees and print the bottom part.

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

That would work for top and bottom, but what about really large prints that exceed the print bed at all axises?

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

I also am open to using another program besides Cura if it can help me divide a model into pieces.

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

I am going to play with these and see if I can get them to work. So far I'm struggling with the OpenScad Puzzlecut add-on. I can't get it to properly import my .stl files, the models seem only partially rendered when I import and compile them. Will play with these and Autodesk's 123D program's split solid function and see if I can get any of them to work satisfactorily. If anyone has any advice or recommendations please post them here.

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

http://www.design-engineering.com/cad-cam/free-app-helps-3d-print-objects-larger-build-volume-132090

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

Meshmixer also has a plane cut function that works really well

 

Yes, to cut and keep one side ... but to cut and have two parts ... is not so straightforward (or, at least, I have not found how to do it with a few clicks) ;)

Guglielmo

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

I don't have it here on the pc but if i remember well you have to choose something like slice in the planecut panel and it will just separate the object in two

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

Thanks for the replies. I have both Netfabb and Meshmixer on my PC.

Do you happen to have a link for a video showing me how to do divide my model in these programs?

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

Do you happen to have a link for a video showing me how to do divide my model in these programs?

 

THIS thread (old and in another forum) ... can help you ;) ... near the end ...

Guglielmo

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

This is a brilliant solution, thank you. I will play with Meshmixer as well, but I tried Netfabb first and found it really easy to do. I will post some basic instructions explaining on how to cut and export the parts to Cura.

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

This is a brilliant solution, thank you. I will play with Meshmixer as well, but I tried Netfabb first and found it really easy to do. I will post some basic instructions explaining on how to cut and export the parts to Cura.

 

Would love to hear that as Netfabb is completely new to me.

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

Check this video for netfabb:

 

This one shows how to with meshmixer (no sound sadly)

 

 

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

I've been really busy and won't be able to write instructions on how to divide prints until next week. Do you still want me to do this when I get a chance or did the video clear things up?

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints
55 minutes ago, CLJ said:

Here is a solution to do Mega-size 3D print in a button

Nice.

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Posted · Dividing a Large Print into Several Smaller Prints

I have uploaded the software MU3 for Mega-size Print. Instructions is enclosed in Contact.txt.

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