New To 3d Printing Question About Print Layout

 
#1

Hey all Im new to 3d printing. I bought a cheap printer clone (prusa i3). It actually prints surprisingly well for most small prints. I asked a couple days ago about printing out a full 6 hexapod and downloaded the files from thingiverse.
I am using cura 15.04 which I believe is the newest cura software. My question is , can I change the orientation in which a part is printed. For instance when I try to print six's feet they want to print standing up. About halfway through the print they fall over and if not watching on a regular basis I waste a bunch of filament. I tried the gluestick on blue painters tape but it ended up still falling over. Is there a way in cura to lay the part down (more horizontally) and try printing it that way? Thanks for any help. BTW I am trying to do this with PLA if that makes a difference.

Chris

#2

Yeah - the way the objects orient on the software by default is not the suggested way to print. It's the software trying to "guess" which way it thinks. There's nothing stopping you from flipping things around Smile

The pegs I print lying down.

#3

Excellent, Thanks. Now I need to find out how to do...

Thanks again DJ you've been a huge help to me. Have a Merry Xmas!

Chris

#4

Hi All,
I also have a prusa i3.
Im going to print P24 A-01.STL and P23 A-01.STL for make a Lever Servo.
can you suggest me the best orientation for the printer?

thank in advaced
William

#5

I print those two items on their side

#6

I'm going to try.

thanks
w

#7

Only one way to find out Smile it's the fun (craziness) of 3D printing!

#8

do you think that I have to introduce some Supports + Rafts for have a good quality print?

#9

@WilliamFrasson 3D printing is all about experimenting and fine tuning to see what works best for you... Just print one out and see how it looks... If parts droop or sag then you may need supports ( or more supports). If the part dis-lodges from the print bed then add a raft...

#10

Always always always (times a kabillion) use Raft when printing anything. Every single thing you ever print in your lifetime should have a raft Grin. I don't even know why it's an option to disable.

As for supports.. that's up to you. Depends on the printer. Depends on the part. Depends if you care about little stingies of filament hanging inside the part. I rarely print with supports because i don't care about stringies of filament