Minimize Print Fails with Proper Orientation
- Size – Consider the size of your 3D model when determining orientation. The side of your 3D model that touches the print bed must be able to support the entire design and maintain adhesion as the printer builds layers. For example, printing the Wall Pencil Holder (illustrated below) with the large flat surface on the print bed significantly reduced print time. There is a small flat surface at the base of the pencil holder, but printing the design from the bottom up dramatically increases the print time, because of the increased number of layers. In addition, the small surface area of the base is not likely to provide proper adhesion to the print bed, which increases the risk of print failure.
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- Bridging – Because we chose to print the Swirl-Fin Vase with its opening attached to the print bed, the bridging technique was used to produce the flat bottom.
- Gravity – Whenever possible, print going with the flow of gravity rather than against. We initially attempted to print the Swirl-Fin Vase with the base attached to the print bed, but it failed because the swirls moved against the flow of gravity.
Note: every printer has the ability to perform the bridging technique, but there are several factors involved in achieving your desired results. For more helpful tips on bridging, check out our Bridging Techniques article and refer to the settings that were used on our printers.2