Question About Interlocking Parts

Discussion in 'Design and Modeling' started by ajbenson09, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. ajbenson09
    ajbenson09 Member
    So I'm making a pendent, with a cap that will be attached with a hinge. My question is when I submit my model to be printed do I need to submit the model with the cap open? So it doesn't inadvertently get printed closed. Or does it not matter? I'm trying to decide between polished and raw silver for my printing material.
    Thanks for the help!
  2. aiyaitsai
    aiyaitsai New Member
    Oh good question. Interested in hearing the answer. Can it be modeled like this together?

    Or do we have to just model + print the pieces separate and connect the pieces ourselves by sticking a pin in the middle?

  3. hanelyp
    hanelyp Active Member
    There's a minimum clearance, specified in material description, to insure parts don't stick when they shouldn't. A hinge may need even more clearance to let unconsolidated material out, making for a sloppy hinge. Also, some materials (including silver) don't allow interlocked parts in a print.