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How to Position Your Model for 3D Printing

Knowing how to orient your model for 3D printing correctly is one of the biggest challenges in getting effective parts. Stratasys systems use soluble support material, which means almost any orientation can work to 3d print a model. However, orienting a print to not fail is only the tip of the iceberg. Depending on the geometry of a part, you may want a certain face or feature to look perfect, the part to be strongest in one direction, or to minimize the amount of support material used to reduce print time and cost.

I have created three example models that emulate common 3D printing situations, and will walk through how I would orient these models, prioritizing surface finish, strength, and minimal support material use. These parts provide hypothetical situations where you might use the part to give insight for different applications.


Usage of Mixed Materials for Form/Feel Testing

Ever since I first used a Polyjet 3D printer, I’ve loved its multi-material capabilities. Flexible materials can be difficult to work with in 3D printing, but Polyjet technology not only handles it reliably, but allows the user to designate which parts of a model need to be flexible or rigid. By blending flexible and rigid resins together, a spectrum of Digital Materials can be created ranging from super soft, semi-flexible and rigid yet non-brittle.


Hobby vs. Commercial: Seeing 3D Printing Grow Up

I believe that anyone who has worked with a consumer-level 3D printer would tell you that 3D printing is not easy. Having worked with a variety of desktop 3D printers ranging in price and quality, including building a couple of my own kits, I would definitely agree. 3D printing as it currently exists for at-home users and hobbyists has a learning curve, and despite many companies claiming to offer plug-and-play solutions, can be very challenging if not frustrating at times.

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