Setup Dual Extrusion 3D Prints in 7 Easy Steps

The large format, industrial strength 3DP Workbench comes with independently controlled dual extruders that are capable of printing in two colors, or creating parts that require soluble support materials. When it comes to preparing 3D files for dual extrusion 3D prints, there are several ways to setup the processes depending on the slicing software you are using. In this blog, we will demonstrate how to get a dual-extrusion 3D print file ready in 7 easy steps, using the Simplify3D software. For this example, we will be printing a multi-color part. We will set it up to print half with the left extruder and half with the right. 1. First, you’ll want to slice your part within a modeling (CAD) software. In this case, we are using the Simplify3D. After slicing it, you would simply bring the part in as two separate STL models. Slicing part 1 Bring the part in as two separate STL models. 2. After you bring the 3D model in, open your process settings on the left pane. 3. Next, click the “select models” button located at the bottom of the process settings window 4. Then simply highlight the model you want that process to affect. In this case, I want these settings to correspond to the bottom box. 5. Next, we’ll add a second process. To do this simply click “Add” towards the bottom left of the screen. 6. Repeat the process from steps 3 and 4. This time, we will select the other model. 7. Now all that’s left is to change the settings, so each box prints with the correct nozzle. To do this simply use the extruder selector at the top of each feature tab. (i.e. Layer, Additions, infill, support) In this case, I am printing the bottom box with my left extruder and the top with the right. Find more 3D printing process tutorials at: http://3dplatform.com/print-process-training/

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