Large format 3D printing made easy
Don’t let the words industrial strength or large format scare you! Printing with 3DP can be as easy as easy as 1 - 2 - 3D! Learn the different steps on how to successfully create a 3D print by watching our video 1-2-3D Printing.
Create your 3D model. Start with a 3D model that was either created in 3D modeling software or download from the internet. Next, save the model as an OBJ or an STL file. The 3D printer processing software best understands these file types.
Process the model in 3D printing software. Import the file and set a few standard model modifiers such as the number of top and bottom layers, perimeters, and infill. Next, increase the strength in the infill box by setting the interior fill percentage to 20 percent. If supports are needed, they can be added by clicking the “generate support material” button. Click “Ok” to accept the process settings and observe the model with its new layer slices. Finally, save the file in g-code format, which gives the printer step-by-step instructions.
Send file to printer. Heat the bed and remember to home the axes prior to each print. Next, select the g-code file. Once the target temperature for the extruder is reached, then the print will begin. Watch the first few layers to make sure the print adheres to the build area and that the filament is flowing smoothly.