3D printing Dudley the robot

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3D printing Dudley the robot

Postby tallbridgeguy » Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:12 pm

I'm thinking of trying to 3D print my robot Dudley....

So to start

1) I have him in one sketchup file by himself.
2) I think I have to explode him down to one layer (layer 0)?
3) Then re-group all and check with the entity dialog that he is one solid?

This is what I have so far...



Re: 3D printing Dudley the robot

Postby d12dozr » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:52 am

Hi Stuart, will you be printing Dudley all in one piece, or do you want him to move? If you want him articulated, printing the pieces separately and snapping them together like a ball jointed robot afterwards is recommended, because the clearances needed to print a moving assembly in one go will leave the joints loose and sloppy.

You will want all the parts in one group of you mean to print him in one piece. I wouldn't explode everything though, or you'll end up with a non-solid mess. It's usually better to make the individual groups solid and then use the Outer Shell tool to combine them into one solid group.

If I were you, I'd make this model one piece first to get a feel for the process, and then if you want to mess around with clearances for joints and assembling pieces, make another model. Just an idea.
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