Tutorial: Getting Started with Print3D

Learn how to prepare, orient, slice, export, and analyze a part for 3D printing.

Open the Model

  1. Press F7 to open the Demo Browser.
  2. Double-click the First Test Print.stmod file in the Print3D folder to load it in the modeling window.
  3. Select MMKS as the unit system.

Select the Part to Print

  1. Select the Print Part icon on the Print3D tab.

  2. Select the PolyNURBS Block 1 part in the modeling window to designate it as the part to be printed.
    Note: You may get an error message that the currently assigned material does not exist in the database of materials. Inspire Print3D does not share the same material database as the core Inspire module, so you will need to reassign a material in the next step.
  3. Select the AluminumAISi10Mg material in the drop-down menu to assign a material to the print part.

Configure the Printer

  1. Click the Printer icon to configure the printing bed.

  2. Choose the EOS_M_290 printer.
  3. Click Create. The part appears in the configured 3D printing bed.
  4. Scroll to zoom in on the part.

Orient the Model

  1. Click the Orientation icon.
  2. Click the Maximum Build Height icon. You may need to click the icon twice to get the correct direction.
    This orientation will maximize the build height to protect the part from cooling deformations.

Support the Model

  1. Click the Create Supports tool on the Support icon.
    Inspire auto-generates a support preview, which can be configured according to design needs. This automatically generated support cannot be printed as it appears.
  2. Hold the Ctrl key and select the supports shown below to edit them. The selected supports turn red.
  3. Select the Rod Supports icon, expand the Pattern section and change the Pin Separation to 2.5 mm.
  4. Click Generate on the microdialog to generate the supports.
    The selected support previews are converted to rod (pin) supports.
  5. Now select the two supports in the interior holes and click the Delete icon on the microdialog.
    Note: Normally we would reposition the supports in the interior holes, but for this first tutorial we will simply delete and run the analysis without them.
  6. Right-click and mouse through the check mark to exit, or double-right-click.
    Your model should look similar to the image below.

Slice the Model

  1. Click the Slice icon.
  2. Drag the slider from the Base toward the Top to review the the progression of the printing layers. Gradual changes in the geometry from layer to layer are needed for successful additive layer manufacturing.
  3. Click Top View to observe the part from above, as if looking down at the printing bed.
  4. Right-click and mouse through the check mark to exit, or double-right-click.

Run an Additive Manufacturing Analysis

  1. Click the button on the Analyze icon.
  2. Set your process parameters. Select Thermo-Mechanical for the Analysis type to generate all of the available analysis types.
  3. Set the slider bar to Fast and use the defaults values for the other parameters.
  4. Click Run to run the analysis. A green flag is displayed over the Analyze icon when the analysis is complete.
    Note: If you don't wait to wait for the run to complete before proceeing to the next step, you can load the First Test Print Run.stmod file in the Print3D folder from the Demo Browser (F7).

Review the Analysis Results

  1. When the run has completed successfully, click the Show Analysis Results tool on the Analyze icon to open the Analysis Explorer.

  2. The displacement result type is displayed in the modeling window. The area of greatest displacement is shown in red.
  3. Review the results for plastic strain, von Mises stress, temperature, and nodal temperature. Note how the results for the temperature and the nodal temperature are different.
  4. Try animating the results to see how the temperature changes during the printing simulation.
  5. Right-click and mouse through the check mark to exit, or double-right-click.

Export the Model and Supports

  1. Click the Export icon.

  2. Navigate to the File path where you want the exported files to be saved.
  3. Verify that both the Part and Support check boxes are enabled and name the files as desired.
  4. Click Export. The part and support files are generated separately and can be found in the File path location.