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3D print infill percentage disks (MakerWare profiles)

by CreativeTools, published

3D print infill percentage disks (MakerWare profiles) by CreativeTools May 8, 2013

Description

A set of 3D print profiles for MakerBot Slicer in MakerWare. The purpose is to easily visualise how dense the following different infill percentages

- No roof layer - 0% infill
- No roof layer - 5% infill
- No roof layer - 10% infill
- No roof layer - 15% infill
- No roof layer - 25% infill
- No roof layer - 50% infill
- No roof layer - 100% infill

The 3D model is simply a scaled-up (3 mm) version of the built-in large helper disk in MakerWare. (http://www.makerbot.com/makerware)

We attached the x3g print files which you can copy to an SD card and 3D print with PLA plastic on a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.

The ready-made 3D print profiles are adapted in MakerBot Slicer so that no roof is made. This leaves the top open and exposes the infill.

To achieve a clear visualisation the model was made of two contrasting plastic colours.

- youtube.com/watch?v=Fhv2TvBUyQs

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So if I wanted to use these to add to a raft...do I just add them to the build plate near where the raft would go? Not sure why MarkerWare got rid of these as it would be a lot easier to add them?

To save the 3D print as an .x3g file just do as follows in MakerBot MakerWare.

- Click the "Make" button
- At the top, choose "Export to file"
- Click the "Export!" button.
- Save the file to the Replicator's SD card

how did you get it to save as an .x3g?

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Instructions

- Download the file "No roof layer - Infill profies.zip"
- Unpack the file. You will se several folders
- Copy them to your computers /user-home-folder/Things/Profies
- Download the file "Helper_Disk_Large_3_mm_height.thing"
- Start MakerWare and open the thing file. You will see a small disk
- Press the Make-button
- From the "Profile" drop-down menu, make sure you see the following added profiles
- - No roof layer - 0% infill
- - No roof layer - 5% infill
- - No roof layer - 10% infill
- - No roof layer - 15% infill
- - No roof layer - 25% infill
- - No roof layer - 50% infill
- - No roof layer - 100% infill
- Choose a preferred profile
- Start the 3D print and use a bright PLA plastic colour
- Via the built-in LCD panel on the Replicator 2 using the arrow keys, choose Change filament.
- Wait until the the 3D printer prints the forth layer and just before it finishes this layer, press the M button on the Replicator 2.
- Proceed and change the filament as usual to a darker colour.
- Resume the 3D print
- After it finishes you will see the disk with no top layers and all the infill exposed! :)



MAKE YOUR OWN ADAPTED PROFILE

If you wish to make your own adapted profile as we did, please do as follows.

- Start MakerWare
- Add any STL file into the scene
- Press the Make button
- Choose Advanced Options
- Press Create Profile
- From the drop-down menu, choose MakerBot Slicer PLA Template
- Choose a name for your roofless profile
- Press Create
- Press Edit Profile
- A text editor window should open and show all the profile settings
- In the line ("infillDensity": 0.1), edit the 0.1-value and change it to the amount of infill you desire. 0 means no infill and 1 means 100%.
- In the line ("roofThickness" : 1.2), change the value 1.2 to 0 (zero). This will tell Slicer to disregard the top layers by making them 0 mm in height.
- Save and close the file
- Test print your new profile! :)

Fore detailed instructions on how to edit MakerBot Slicer settings, check out this URL: makerbot.com/support/makerware/documentation/slicer/

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abeferraro on Apr 3, 2014 said:

So if I wanted to use these to add to a raft...do I just add them to the build plate near where the raft would go? Not sure why MarkerWare got rid of these as it would be a lot easier to add them?

wildnose on Feb 21, 2014 said:

how did you get it to save as an .x3g?

CreativeTools on Feb 24, 2014 said:

To save the 3D print as an .x3g file just do as follows in MakerBot MakerWare.

- Click the "Make" button
- At the top, choose "Export to file"
- Click the "Export!" button.
- Save the file to the Replicator's SD card

HarshReality on May 12, 2013 said:

Very helpful to visualize the fill percentages. I tend to forget when setting things.

CreativeTools on May 12, 2013 said:

Glad you liked it :-)

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