Speed, Strength and Accuracy

The orientation of a part in the Build Bed impacts printing speed, finished part strength, and finished part
accuracy.

  • Printing Speed. The 3DPrint Software automatically positions parts in the Build Bed for maximum build speed by placing parts with the smallest dimension in the Z-Axis.
  • Strength. The ultimate strength of an uninfiltrated part will be somewhat affected by its orientation within the Build Bed. The part will be strongest along the X-Axis and Y-Axis and less strong along the Z-Axis. This is because the cross sections are printed in continuous strips along the Y or the “fast” axis (the print head’s direction of travel); in bands across the X or the “slow” axis (the fast axis direction of travel); and in laminated layers along the Z-Axis. Once a part is infiltrated, it uniformly takes on the strength characteristics of the infiltrating product.

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  • Accuracy. The accuracy of your part depends on how clean the printer is, your printer/powder settings, and the materials you choose for post-processing. You can also employ 3DPrint features like Anisotropic Scaling to adjust for expected shrinkage and bring your parts into true scale.