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3D Printing Terminology Visual Displays

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3D Printing Terminology Visual Displays by okayauco Sep 1, 2017


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Created this as a visual aid for newcomers to 3D printing.

Update - Universal GCODES - USE AT OWN RISK:
User jpelc has generously provided 'universal gcodes' that will theoretically print on any printer but this hasn't been tested yet. If you're interested in testing these out, please message me and I can send you the gcodes. They're available at 100%, 75% and 50% scale.

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--On Simplify3D > 'Separate Connected Surfaces' and create a separate process for each corresponding section

--You should be able to use the latest Slic3r to achieve the same results. Once you load the STL into Slic3r, you'll want to first split the parts. Then, you'll be able to select each individual piece, right click > Settings and assign different settings to them by pressing the plus sign.

--I'm still working out whether it's possible to do the same in Cura. I don't think so yet.

--For the Layer Height, I first printed with 1 shell but it turned out better/stronger with 2 shells. The first try had some stringing, but adjusting the start points to the back of the print seemed to resolve that.

--For Bridging, I slowed the speed down to 90% and set extrusion width to 90%. May have printed even better with a slightly slower speed/lower width.

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I'm having some trouble when trying to slice the models with Slic3r Prusa Edition 1.38.5. When I split the model, all parts change their position so that they can touch the build plate. Has anyone figured out what's happening?

I love this idea. Unfortunately, I've hit a stumbling point after printing the bridging and overhang objects. I have an Ultimaker with 3mm filament so I need to generate my own gcode (it looks like this is for 1.75mm printers) to be able to print the ones that need custom setings in different regions of the print. I haven't figured out how to separate the regions into separate objects (I'm most familiar with Sketchup but have some experience in TinkerCAD, Meshmixer, etc.). Any thoughts? If not, I might just re-create the other ones in SketchUp from scratch and then I could have individual objects in Cura to be able to specify different settings.

Have you tried separating the objects using Slic3r? Last time I checked, that one was able to do it. I will double check and see what Cura can do and get back to you.

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I updated some .gcode files , delta printer files are now available.
You can get them here :

Hi I would love the gcode. Please and thank you. [email protected]

Thank you. Got them, I will try them out.

I would like the GCodes for this. Please email me at [email protected] the files, I am having trouble segmenting them.

I just sent you what jpelc made. You may or may not have to strip the temp settings from them.

I need the RipRap flavour, without temperature settings.

Thank you so much! Probably worth attaching on the zip, with a README file warning about settings. Fortunately, I can manually adjust the temperature on my printer so it wasn't an issue.

This is awesome, great idea. All your prints look outstanding! What printer were they printed on??

Thank you! Craftbot Plus :]

I thinks its hilarious how this item has 2600 likes and just as many collects, but not one made. Maybe its my browser.

People are just too lazy to take pics. When I am done printing mine, I will be sure to post it.

I know right! It's not your browser, I keep waiting for people to post pictures of their prints too but no one has so far :(

Working on bridging one right now, will post a picture when it's done. Have the infill percentage one ready to print when this one is done. It's a little bit of work to get them cut up correctly but I think it's worth it.

On a side note, my anet A8 just did a (fairly clean) 65mm bridge! I was expecting abject failure by this point.

Hi, mind if i ask do you generate the support for both side of the the supports print, then only you peel the support on one side; or you just print the support at one side (left side) in this case. I don;t think it is possible to print the model (right side) without any support as the parts will falls.

I printed it with only half supports. I was also expecting the part to fail on the side without supports, because I wanted the example to reflect what would happen without supports but it came out better than I expected.

These are great, but I don't have Simplify3d. How do you achieve these with a free slicer?

You should be able to use the latest Slic3r to achieve the same results. Once you load the STL into Slic3r, you'll want to first split the parts. Then, you'll be able to select each individual piece, right click > Settings and assign different settings to them by pressing the plus sign.

I'm still working out whether it's possible to do the same in Cura. I don't think so yet.

Hello. This is possible in cura using cutting mesh. Create stl model of a simple cube, resize it to fit over the volume which needs different settings and then use per model settings with cutting mesh enabled.

Thank you for this!

Should've made the layer height example a dome

Oh riiight! Good call, maybe I’ll make a second one with domes, that’s a good idea

Here's how to do it on your own if you have Simplify3D

First, separate the connected surfaces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7qJOuhGR-I

Then, make multiple processes and choose the "Selected Models" for each: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTs7Y5VGNm8&t=370s

Print Continuously. Once I get it working for myself, I post a quick "How-To" video

Thanks for doing that!

When you printed the "Supports" one, did you print it all with supports and just clear half of them after, or did you slice it so that it only printed half of it with supports?

I sliced it with only half of the supports so users could see what an unsupported side looks like on the bottom

How would I go about recreating this to print on a Creality CR-10s? I have access to Tinkercad & Cura.

I'm trying to determine whether this is possible with the latest Cura. Perhaps not yet, but I'll let you know if I discover a way to do it. If you can get slic3r, that might work. It's also free.

I have been having issues with slic3r gcodes trying to break my printer. It moves way to fast on travels and causes way too many jams. If all you can do is tinkercad, I would not recommend slic3r.

Can you please share .gcode files ready to print?
I have a problem with editing it.
Thank you.

Hi, as far as I know, gcodes are printer-specific. What kind of 3d printer do you have?

Hello, its possible to share the original design? i would like to translate it to portuguese-brazilian.

Yes, of course I’d be happy to share them! What file format would you like them in? I designed these in Onshape

Thank you for this! I am so glad it pops up as the first thing on this website too, I feel much calmer looking at everything after seeing this.

Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you find these helpful :)

Can't you upload gcode files with the settings already pre-loaded? Would be awesome if possible.

As far as I understand, aren’t gcodes printer-specific?

If I am mistaken, I’d be happy to do this if someone can show me how

Thinking about it your right. Unless there was a way to change the printer setting but keep the gcode settings If you want maybe upload it as EXPERIMENTAL ONLY. When I get some free time ill try to mess with it.

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Great thing, thanks!
How much material each one 'costs'?

Hmm, this is hard to answer because it will depend on how you're printing it (doing it yourself vs. sending it out) ..I'm not sure how to answer this, sorry!

These are FANTASTIC teaching models! Thank you

Glad you like them, thank you! :]

What printer was used? Wish mine was that good. I'm lucky if I make it to 40 degrees overhang.

These were printed on a Craftbot Plus

I do not have Simplify3D software. Is there a way to do the "Separate Connected Surfaces" in the MakerBot software? If not, any suggestions for a free slicer?


I believe you can split objects into parts using Slic3r and assign individual parameters to the split parts but I haven't tested this out personally yet.

is there a reason shell thicknes infill persentage and infill style are all solid boxes

They are solid because you need to assign the layer height/infill styles/infill percentages/shell settings in the slicer. I used Simplify3D to do separate the sections and assign unique processes to each corresponding section. Hope that helps

Thank you for these beautiful products! Somehow when I load these products in Simplify3D all the texts are mirrored/inversed. This isn't the case when I open the files in Slic3r. Anyone have a solution or any idea as to how this is possible? Thank you!

fixed it!

Had to inverse Y-axis!

Awesome! I was just going to comment and ask if there was any axis settings you could try. Glad it worked!

Thank you, I need these for reference! My only question, is there a way to slice them in cura?

Hi, as far as I know, splitting an object into parts was not yet reimplemented in Cura 2. You have have to split it in software like Meshmixer and print them as infill meshes.

Thanks for the reply, I will do just that, thanks!!

Hey greate work!
Sorry for my bad english.
But if you forget at layer height the mm notes. Hope you understand what i mean.

Can you update that?

Hi, thanks for letting me know! I've re-uploaded the layer height model with the mm notes.