Proper prepping for 3D printing

We’ve been doing a lot of 3D printing recently at Workshop 88.  Many times we just download models from Thingiverse, but more and more we are designing our own models.

Using Sketchup is one way that models can be created, but sometimes when you print a complicated model as designed in Sketchup, there are pieces of the model which are missing.

Enter: CADspan.

There is a tutorial available for this Sketchup plugin which allows you to find holes or reversed faces in your models. Recently, there was a model designed which failed to print correctly. When using the CADspan plugin, it was discovered that many of the faces were reversed:

Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 1.14.30 PM

The red faces are the ones that needed to be corrected. A few right-clicks later and the model was fixed:Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 1.14.42 PMWe’d love to know your tips and tricks for getting better prints from your own designs. Let us know!

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