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3d printing using measurements
show user profile  Alex910

I have imported to max and the model was done on measurements. So if I'm going to print it, therefore it will come out on real scale. This is what I want, so there comes a bunch of question, because I'm very new to 3d printing...

1.What extension to export from max, that the measurements (the real-scale is) are kept when printing the model? The model was done with Sketchup.
2.Is there any software that prepares the model for 3d printing, that takes in account even the measurements?
3.How can I do what I specified above, what are the steps? What to use? I want to learn and document about how to do it.

Thank you very much!

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8/22/2014 8:09:39 PM (last edit: 8/22/2014 8:09:39 PM)
show user profile  mr_pablo
With my limited knowledge, here goes:

1 - Depends on what software you use to interface with the printer (connected to point 2)
2 - Typically, yes. each manufacturer will have their own prep software tat will most likely accept various file formats. This software is what will allow your model to be printed at the size/scale it was designed for
3 - Look at certain makes of 3D printer and get hold of the documentation? Speak to some people that have first-hand experience? Google?

As there are so many different types of 3D printing, no 2 scenarios are really going to be the same. You'd need to find one process (so a specific type of 3D printing, the printer itself and the software for it and any online community for it) and stick with it.

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8/26/2014 11:13:05 AM (last edit: 8/26/2014 11:13:05 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
Back when I worked with RPT (3d printing) the prepwork was done in a specific program for each machine type.
All the RPT machines we had supported STL files, which means pure mesh. Max had (possibly still does) a STL checker modifier which would help you check if the model was printer friendly.
If you are working in proper units in Max (fx. cm) then the STL export should be fine.
Remember that smoothing groups (I am not talking about mesh smoothing) do not apply to printed models, so disable all smoothing groups before exporting, so you can see what the surfaces will really look like.

We did have a program called Magics, from 3d Systems if I recall correctly, which was fantastic for fixing client STL files, since most of our customers used CAD programs, and knew very little about mesh files.. But Magics is probably too pricy for home 3d Printers.

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8/26/2014 2:30:11 PM (last edit: 8/26/2014 2:31:53 PM)
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