Discover how to create a STL (3D print) file.
- [Instructor] Additive manufacturing, also referred to as 3D printing, is changing the rules regarding design for manufacturing. The machinery that produces the parts typically have their own software to optimize creating the shape so the primary task Fusion 360 has to do is converting the model to an STL file. In Fusion 360 I have the remote door component open. Looking at it there are some complex surfaces which might be difficult to create using other methods especially in small quantities where it's not cost effective to create a mold.
Therefore 3D printing is the perfect solution. To start a 3D print inside of Fusion 360 go to the Make pulldown, and select the 3D print icon. The 3D print dialog is very straightforward, requiring you to select the component that you want to print. I have the preview mesh option on, and at medium refinement I see that just over 18,000 triangles are calculated. I can change the refinement to high, medium, or low, or I can go to a custom refinement.
Under custom refinement I can change the surface deviation to another value say 40 thousandths of a millimeter, and it will calculate the triangles to be just over 12,000. I can also change the normal deviation to 10 degrees, and that will add some detail back into the model. When I'm ready to output I can choose to go directly to an STL file, or select a 3D print utility. If you do not have a 3D print utility selecting Print Studio, or Mesh Mixer will start an executable to install those applications for you.
Since the printer I'll be using has its own optimization software I'll deselect sending it to a 3D print utility, and simply save the STL file by setting its destination, and clicking Save. By using external software to do the final generation Fusion 360 is not creating a potential bottleneck between the shape you need, and the hardware's ability to create it.
- Considerations for becoming certified
- Tips for taking the exam
- Creating a project
- Creating a 2D sketch
- Creating extrude features and revolve features
- Working with direct modeling
- Understanding assembly structure
- Creating drawing views
- Working with advanced modeling tools
- Generating data for 3D printing
- Performing a stress analysis