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Threaded holes created in Alibre [message #54667] Sun, 30 September 2012 17:29 UTC Go to next message
avatar longhaulgear  is currently offline longhaulgear
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I'm extremely new to 3D modelling and 3D printing.

I created a model in Alibre Design, which includes a number of threaded holes. In Alibre's documentation it says that while you don't see the threading on the render, it's included in the design data.

I exported from Alibre to an .stl file and uploaded to shapeways. The shapeways preview likewise shows smooth holes, not threaded holes. If I order a piece, will my holes be threaded or not?

Re: Threaded holes created in Alibre [message #54681 is a reply to message #54667 ] Sun, 30 September 2012 21:36 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar JACANT  is currently offline JACANT
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Get yourself a copy of http://www.netfabb.com/basic.php
Open your stl in this. WYSIWYG from Shapeways, you can zoom right in.
You can check, repair, measure and scale your file.

Re: Threaded holes created in Alibre [message #55780 is a reply to message #54667 ] Mon, 22 October 2012 21:52 UTC Go to previous message
avatar VeryWetPaint  is currently offline VeryWetPaint
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No, the holes won't be threaded.

Alibre keeps track of that information for the sake of design drawings and bills-of-materials, but it's not capable of generating actual screw threads; any holes will be simple smooth-sided bores. If you want threads you'll either have to cut them into the finished part or create the contours yourself via the Helical Cut tool.

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