The orientation of a model in the printer work space needs to take care of three considerations: 

  • Will it fit in one piece in the printer?
  • How much time and material will be spent on supports (if applicable)?
  • Will it be strong enough?

The orientation resulting from mixing considerations like those above is highly individual and is relatively often decided by the printer software itself. Some examples: 3D Sprint tends to lay all objects flat, Preform flips them to 45 degrees, etcetera.

A new feature in DigiFabster, auto-orientation, helps to lower the number of cases when you (or your printer software) and your end user have different ideas about the issues above.
If you're on Business plan or above, you can request your contact in DigiFabster to set your technologies up according to 3 presets:

  • maximally vertical
  • maximally horizontal
  • at 45 degrees

How do we define the three positions above? 

maximally horizontal

  • longest side of the model bounding box aligned with the x-axis of the printer.
  • Shortest side of the model bounding box aligned with the vertical axis (z-axis) 
  • center mass as low as possible given the two restrictions above.

Comments: This position results in a maximal shadow, which is what a number of printer software packages seems to prefer. Benefit: the consequences of the asinotropic properties of a lot of 3D printing processes are alleviated. 

maximally vertical

  • longest side of the model bounding box aligned with the vertical axis of the printer (z-axis)
  • Shortest axis along y
  • center mass as low as possible given the restrictions above.

Comments: This position has a minimal shadow, and given the position of center mass, with a high probability leads to most models tapering upwards, so minimal supports. 

45 degrees

  • longest side of the model bounding box is tilted 45 degrees. 
  • the center mass of the model is below the center line of the resulting new bounding box. 

Comments: Minimized chance of unhardened resin getting trapped inside the model (not evident in this particular case); mass center near bottom so high probality of upwards tapering; minimal y, so minimal supports. 


Examples

I have set up my test company with three techs and 3 orientations (sorry, you'll have to ask our assistance to do this for you):

  • MultiJet: Horizontal
  • FDM: Vertical
  • SLA: 45 degrees.

As I click through the technologies, I get the following orientation:

MultiJet: Horizontal

FDM: Vertical

SLA: 45 degrees.

If you're interested in this feature, please:

  1. Updgrade to Business Plan
  2. Instruct us which technology you want to have which orientation


Your DigiFabster team.

PS: If you notice that prices don't change after re-orientation, please make sure that you're not charging per cm3 of model volume. The model volume does not change when the orientation changes, so the price doesn't change. 


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