Manufacturing some Bones and Saving Time â€“ A Turorial
Thursday, September 05, 2013 by Alexander Steiner
This tutorial shows how to use the Automatic Packing add-on for netfabb Professional on the example of a friendly skeleton. Save your time and let your computer do the work for you. netfabb groups and arranges a large amount of different parts on the building platform as compact as possible. This saves printing material and a lot of manual work.
First of all we need to activate the platform in netfabb. Go to "View" and activate the check box for "Show platform":
The size of the building platform can be set under "Settings" \ "default platform size":
In the next step we load all the STL files of the skeleton. In this case these are over 200 STL files saved as a fabbproject file (in this way all the bone STLs are loaded in a way where they are arranged correctly as a human skeleton).
Now to automatically pack all the bones of our skeleton go to "Edit" \ "Automatic placement":
Now comes the important part - the options of how to run the Automatic Packing.
"Minimum distance" determines the distance between the parts. Keep it at 1.0 mm to get the most compact results.
Set "Accuracy" to determine the accuracy of the placement. The more accurate the more compact the arrangement will be and the longer the computer needs to do the calculation.
"Z rotation steps" determines how far the parts may be rotated when their rearrangement is done.
"Limit platform height": Set the maximum height up to which the parts shall be arranged on the platform.
Finally click on "Pack Platform" and let the PC do the work. The result in our example looks like this:
netfabb Automatic Packing pays off really fast for companies offering Rapid Prototyping services and companies manufacturing a lot of parts per build job.
More information and request for a quote here.Category: netfabb
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Slice and Print the World with netfabb Professional 5
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Alexander Steiner
Do you use netfabb Basic or netfabb Cloud Services?
Today is a good day to literally ignite a change. netfabb Professional 5 has been released, with so many new features that its scale and magnitude have almost doubled. And the best thing: At a price that really pays off fast!
netfabb will help you to max out your 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes – regardless of the size of your machine.
We believe that when you save time and money on every single manufacturing process you're soon going to make a lot more profit.
So grab for the world – become competitive on the whole world market and stop thinking locally. When 3D printing, then netfabb.Category: 3D Printer
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The Form 1 High Resolution Desktop 3D Printer - now with netfabb inside
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Ulf Lindhe
The Form 1 is a Stereolithography (SL) 3D printer developed by Formlabs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Form 1 approaches the highest resolution available in 3D printing, combined with great design and solid engineering.
The Form 1 printers are delivered with the PreForm software for machine control and build support. The 0.8.4 release for Windows and Mac contains a powerful new feature - automatic mesh repair by netfabb. PreForm’s mesh repair tool integrates netfabb software functionality to examine the triangle meshes that make up the digital design. It will automatically clean up artifacts, close triangles, and join vertices, so that the models will print reliably on the Form 1.
Maxim Lobovsky, CEO & Founder of Formlabs, says: "Automatic mesh repair with netfabb brings us one step closer to our goal of a true 1-click print experience."
Before and after shot of a damaged model netfabbed with PreForm 0.8.4 for Mac.
More info about the Formlabs Form 1 High Resolution 3D Printer at www.formlabs.com.
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