i have some questions and some solution at the same point i am too dump myself to script
We have 4x 3Ds OneTouch 3D Printers… we already printed a lot of complex arch models with it, but it was always some enormous work to be prepared.
what i always do for my projects, i create a seperate 3D Print model.
its modelled that way it is well printable. it has thickness in order the printer uses optimal material and time. So my result is a big, booled together mesh model, that should not have any holes.
… so now here comes the point where i miss some functionalitys that could make life easyer:
(…the printers have a 20cmx20cmx25cm print space. wich means we have to cut the Model into pieces. )
- Its like putting a 20x20x25 raster over it and cutting it into cubic selections.
- then we rotate every piece to the ground so that there are most objects in the cube under 45° (… because we print without supporting structure. this is faster, cheaper and if you think well you always finde a position thats optimal for printing… )
so coulnt this be automated? rasterize it, cut it (bool diff), and then analyze it and rotate, export as seperated file and leaving a filename on the floorplan?
some plugin as rhinoNEST but just for 3D printing… and 3D printers always have a limited space… I think some Script, Plugin that cuts, orients and prepares files for print would be useful.
what do you think?
here some footage how we print with no support mat.