Resizing a model to fit printer capacity

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by badbeaver, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. badbeaver
    badbeaver New Member

    I am new to 3D printing.

    If I have a model (STL) with dimensions e.g. 25cm x 25cm x 25cm, and a printer whose capacity is LESS than the model size:

    Can the printer automatically rescale it?

    Or do I need to rescale the model using third party software before printing?

    Thanks for any help.

  2. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    Hi David,

    Welcome to Shapeways! :)

    You'll need to re-scale your model before uploading.

    I recommend you get yourself a free copy of NetFabb Basic, you'll be able to rescale your model as well as error check, repair and measure your model to ensure it complies with your chosen material design rules. Have a browse through the links at the bottom of every page for tutorials and materials etc.


  3. badbeaver
    badbeaver New Member
    Thanks for your help Paul.