Which axis is "up"?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Joel_Cairo, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Joel_Cairo
    Joel_Cairo New Member
    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.

  2. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    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.
  3. darthviper107
    darthviper107 New Member
    It doesn't matter. They will reorient your mesh when printing so that they can print as many orders together as possible.
  4. 7777773
    7777773 New Member
    I believe Darthviper is correct. I've noticed multiple prints of the same file may appear to have been printed at different orientations.