Basic Print Analysis

Designing for printing brings with its own considerations as your design will be converted into a physical object

Just because you can design something in a CAD software does not mean it will be printed as seen.

To ensure your model will print as expected using the target print process, please ensure your model follows these guidelines. When you run these tests is upto you. You can run the tests at the end of design cycle or while you are designing to avoid time consuming changes at the end

Basic print analysis offers following options. Except for auto thickness, other measurements require manual verification

Steps for all manual tests are simliar.
  • Select print method
  • Click on 'Measure' button
  • Select faces that form a wall, or diameter of a pin or hole radius etc
  • If measure values is within specified bounds, it will be displayed in green or else red

Eventually some of these will be automated and results accessible from design review

See below for example

Automatic Wall Thickness

If you are not sure about Resolution, Angle and Deflection then leave the defaults in.

Set the min and max values

    The part will be rendered with three colors Red
  • Red - Areas with thickness Less than min specified
  • Yellow - Areas with thickness between min and max values
  • Green - Areas with thickness greater than max

Use the Region list on the left to identify region and click on any face of that region to select it for measurement

Note - The results may delay depending on min/max values and complexity of the selected region

Supported Wall Thickness

Refer to this Design Guidelines for more information. Please note, by no means this is the only reference out there.