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Machine in the Space

About


General Stats:
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Strengths
Weaknesses


Processing


Main Article : Processing 3D Files
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We will only process STLs which have:
1 shell per continuous part
0 border edges
0 invalid orientations
0 holes.
Geometry should have a minimum wall thickness of 2mm for “best chances” to survive post processing.

Even if Netfabb reports no invalid orientations, if we see red triangles in repair mode there is a problem with your model. Print at your own risk. If you are unsure of a model in NetFabb and want to see how it is perceived by the zPrinter we can process it in zPrint.

Fixing a File

Main Article : Fixing STLs

Students are welcome to use any of our computers for fixing their files in Netfabb or Rhino.

Here are some tips to get you started at home:
Ideally in Rhino you want one closed polysurface before meshing.
NetFabb is better at meshing than Rhino. Consider opening the 3dm file in NetFabb to generate the STL instead.
Default repair is decent at fixing holes, border edges, and invalid orientations. Then try using boolean join to reduce shells down to 1.
If boolean join results in multiple shells then most likely the shells are not contiguous. Consider deleting extra shells in model.
Extended repair wraps an existing STL in a new mesh. This can severely alter geometry and result in thin walled sections.

Post Processing


Main Article : Printing a Part

Cleaning Parts

Main Article : Removing and Cleaning a Part

Machine Proficiency


In order for an individual to advance in machine proficiency they must demonstrate ability to perform certain actions or tasks. All levels include abilities and concepts from lower levels.

This section is primarily for student workers.

Level 0

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

Individual understands the concepts:


Level 1

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

Individual understands the concepts:


Level 2

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

Individual understands the concepts:


Level 3

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

Individual understands the concepts: