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[Technology Preview] 3D Printing

3D printing or additive manufacturing is the process of computer controlled layering of materials creating a 3D object from a digital file. These 3D objects can be of almost any shape or geometry.

Promis.e supports the creation of 3D print-ready models. A MicroStation 3D printable mesh volume is created from 3D geometry by adding the elements to a 3D print model.

Most 3D printing machines accept input in the form of STL files. Promis.e creates STL files from a 3D printable mesh volume which can be directly fed to 3D printers for printing.

For an element to be 3D printable, it is recommended that the element is a watertight closed mesh volume. Watertight means the mesh should not contain any holes, cracks or missing features.

Workflow for 3D Printing

  1. Create the geometry that you want to 3D print.
  2. Create a 3D printable model of the geometry.
  3. Export the 3D printable model as STL file.

    The STL file can be fed to the 3D printer for printing.

About Print Volumes

A 3D print volume is a representation of the volume in the 3D Printer. It is fixed for a printer and is determined by the values you enter in the 3D Printer Profile Settings dialog for a printer. Refer to your 3D printer manual for specific settings.

The display of print volume can be controlled by turning on or off the 3D Printer Volume marker in the Markers setting of the View Attributes dialog.

Improving the 3D Printable Model

When you print a mesh geometry, you may not get exactly the same geometry in the 3D printable model. In such case you can manipulate the printer resolution in the 3D Printer Profile Settings dialog to improve the results.