The following category provides tips and tricks which can be useful while preparing a model for 3D printing and working with the generated .zcode. There are also some guides on how to achieve the best 3D printing results possible.

Smart Bridges

Smart Bridges

If your model has small holes (max. 8mm) in its structure, it is advisable to enable the Smart Bridges option. These holes will be supported with special, easily removable “bridges.” Once you disable this option, small holes will have regular type of support which may be hard-to-remove.

Position and Print Quality

Position and Print Quality

Choosing your model’s orientation can highly influence the final look of your 3D print. By selecting the proper orientation, you can easily eliminate most defects that may appear on your print and, as a result, you can obtain a much smoother surface.

As your model is printed one layer after another, you may notice some imperfections on its external shape. Every layer sticks to the already dried previous layer, so the two layers cannot stick to each other without leaving a visible mark on the surface.

Weak Spots

The way to avoid weak spots that may appear on the surface of your print in the process of printing is to change the position of your model. Weak spots may influence the model’s resistance. Placing the model vertically instead of horizontally may eliminate the problem of weak spots.

Assembling Parts

Assembling Parts

If you want to print an object consisting of two or more seperate parts that are to be put together, remember to leave the proper space between the parts. The distance between these elements is crucial to avoid friction which may damage the final shape of the object. The minimal space recommended for such prints is 0.3 mm between each part.

Report

Once you generate the .zcode, you can use the Copy to Clipboard button to copy the content of the print settings report to the clipboard.

If you use the Export to text file option, along with the .zcode file, the Z-SUITE 2.0 will save the print settings in a separate text file. If you apply non-Zortrax materials, the report will include all the details.

Preview

In the PREVIEW menu on the right there is a list of components which you can show or hide from the final look of the model in the .zcode format:
PRINT BED,
–RAFT,
–MODEL,
–SEAM,
–SUPPORT,
–PAUSE
.

For example, you can uncheck the model to see what the seam will look like in your print.

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