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.

NOTE: If you also have a Figure 4 Modular printer, and want to print the same build on both machines - Select Modular as your printer and set up the stack. To create the Standalone version, change the printer to Standalone within the build file, and then double-lasso select any rows of the stack that are highlighted red. Make sure to select the stack rows twice, as the first selection will select the whole stack, rather than the red parts.

 

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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 printing large cross-sections and large flat parts. Try to re-orient at an angle.
  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, adding vent holes, adding more cross-beam struts for rigidity during printing or slowing down the print with premium build styles might help mitigate print defects and failures.
 
  1. If you are adding as base to your stack, import your STL for that base now.
    1. 3D Sprint has some base templates embedded within the application.
      1. C or D:\Program Files\3D Systems\3D Sprint\Resources\Printers\Figure 4\Bases
      2. The link shortcut can be found in 3D Sprint.
    2. 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)