3D print infill percentage disks (MakerWare profiles)

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

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  • 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! :)
    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: http://www.makerbot.com/support/makerware/documentation/slicer/

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It'd be sweet if these were modeled that way as opposed to being actual infill. Then you could print them all at once.

how did you change the infill pattern type?the original is "sparseInfillPattern": "hexagonal",I want to change the infill pattern to lines as you showed. But when I change the "hexagonal"to "Line"or "Lines",the program report an error.

I have typed in the string linear and I also get a print error when exporting a print file. morrocanstar works but catfill does not as well as linear.

This issue is easily solved :) The exact string you have to write is: linear

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?

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

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

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

Glad you liked it :-)