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Which axis is "up"? [message #43126] Mon, 30 January 2012 18:19 UTC Go to next message
avatar markbuchler  is currently offline markbuchler
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I've had a few things 3-D printed through Shapeways, but I'm wondering which axis (x y z) is interpreted by their machines as vertical? I ask this in an effort to orient my parts in the best way to minimize the resolution lines. And I'm assuming that the parts are printed from the base upwards (vertically). Any tips would be most appreciated.

I'm working in Rhino 4, if that is relevant or helpful.

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Re: Which axis is "up"? [message #43128 is a reply to message #43126 ] Mon, 30 January 2012 18:43 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think it may be file dependent. I've noticed most file types are Z up, but it appears that OBJ is Y up. But, that doesn't mean your item will be printed in that orientation.


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Re: Which axis is "up"? [message #43175 is a reply to message #43126 ] Tue, 31 January 2012 02:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar darthviper107  is currently offline darthviper107
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It doesn't matter. They will reorient your mesh when printing so that they can print as many orders together as possible.
Re: Which axis is "up"? [message #43257 is a reply to message #43175 ] Wed, 01 February 2012 01:07 UTC Go to previous message
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I believe Darthviper is correct. I've noticed multiple prints of the same file may appear to have been printed at different orientations.

 
   
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