Take a look at importing your mesh files into the 3D printer software. For the purpose of this course, you are going to be using the Form 2 3D printer by Formlabs. Therefore, the software used in this chapter is Preform. First, get your model ready for pr
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at importing our mesh files into the 3D printer software. For the purpose of this course, we're going to be using the Form 2 3D printer by Formlabs. Therefore, the software we will be using in this chapter will be PreForm. Let's first get our model ready for printing in Rhino. So the first thing we need to do is we need to isolate the parts that will be printing as a single piece. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to draw a bounding box from right to left over just the top part of this chair.
And make sure you don't catch anything that has to do with the leg area. So when that's done, we're going to go ahead and group it. I'm going to type in Group. Just tab down if you don't see the name as the first command. Just hit Enter. And we'll do the same thing for the bottom part of the legs. This time I'll do a left to right bounding box. And once that is grouped up, you can type in Group.
And now we can use the Gumball to move these parts away from each other, just to make sure that nothing from the bottom and nothing from the top has been attached to it as a piece. The next thing we're going to do is convert these into meshes. So the first thing you're going to do is do a right to left bounding box over all the pieces. And then we're going to type in Mesh.
Under the settings, what I usually do for 3D printing is I just slide this slider all the way to the right to give it the most detail when it comes up in the mesh. And then we're going to hit OK. You're going to let the command line do its calculations. 'Kay, you'll know it's ready 'cause the cursor is starting to blink. Right now you'll see that there are meshes on top of our NURB models.
So just simply note that the first thing that's highlighted are your NURBS. You can simply hit Delete, and only the meshes are left behind. What you could do now is you have to reapply the group again because all the pieces are still separated. So we'll, again, do a right to left bounding box over the chair body. Again, we'll type in Group. We'll do the same for the legs. Make sure that you understand that they are separated.
So we will, again, do a right to left bounding box and type in Group. You can now take the first body, and we can go to File. We can go to Export Selected. And in your Desktop, you can just type in something like body_mesh. Go down to the Save as type section, and we're going to look for Stereolithography, or STL.
And when you hit Save, make sure you have it set to Binary. We're going to use Always use these settings, and then hit OK. And finally, you're going to do the same thing for the legs. We're going to go to File, Export Selected. And instead of body mesh, we're just going to rename the word body, and we'll change it to legs.
Okay, so we had exported our meshes from Rhino. We are ready to import our meshes into PreForm. The next thing we're going to do is bring in our models that we had saved in the Desktop. So the first thing you're going to do is go to File, Open, and we'll just locate our Desktop. And the first thing we'll bring in is the body mesh.
Okay, so that is how we import meshes into our scene in PreForm. Finally, let's go ahead and import the rest of our mesh. Let's bring in the legs. I'm going to pull up a regular window from our Desktop. And all you have to do to import additional STL meshes is to simply left-click and drag the pieces you want to add, and just put it over the interface. It's going to bring it in.
You will get windows like this, that show you that there are errors. It's actually easy to just fix it because they have a Repair button. If you choose not to fix it, you will be faced with printing issues. So it does help to repair it. So I'm going to go ahead and left-click it. Okay, so we have brought in our meshes that we had exported from our Rhino software. And in the next video, we will continue to work with navigating around the PreForm software.
- Workflow and pipeline overview
- Using primitives and mesh planes to build models
- Extruding surfaces
- Blending the mesh
- Extracting faces for ZBrush
- Adding mesh detail in ZBrush
- Converting meshes to NURBs in Rhino
- Finalizing the model for 3D printing
- Sending the model to the printer
- Post-printing cleanup