Build Setup

Before beginning stacked printing, you may wish to complete our Figure 4 training videos for 3D Sprint fundamentals.

To set up stacked builds:

  1. Import the file to be stacked.

NOTE: You can stack a pair/set of parts either separately or together. If stacking together, the parts will need to be combined before proceeding (see image at right).

NOTE: It is also possible to stack parts separately and have them placed within the same platform.

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  1. Determine the optimal orientation for nesting and supporting. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
 
  1. View these training videos for basic orientation tips.
  2. Determine critical features to which you want to avoid adding supports.
  3. Determine how to nest your parts efficiently, especially if you have a set of parts.
  4. Avoid and reorient large cross-sections and flat parts.
  5. Avoid printing parts that have trapped volumes. Parts will act like a suction cup on the membrane, causing print failures and delamination. If you cannot avoid trapped volumes, it will help to add vent holes or more cross-beam struts for rigidity during printing
 
  1. If you are adding as base to your stack, import your STL for that base now. Bases are recommended because they allow you to:
    1. Punch out the stack as a whole when doing post processing
    2. Hold your stack by the base when handling and cleaning it
    3. Stand up your stack for drying and curing (if parts are not packed too densely)

NOTE: 3D Sprint has some base templates embedded within the application.