Nesting For 3D Printing
Space is valuable , especially if it happens to be a piece of land in Auckland . A 3D Printer has only a limited amount of space with which to build parts in , so most Printing companies have a pricing structure either based on or incorporating machine space as a cost .
Making The Most Of Your Space
We aim to make our pricing structure very easy to understand – it’s based on the volumetric capacity of your parts bounding box (max. X Y Z dimensions) in centimetres cubed (cm3) . What this means is that you pay for a box of machine space and this has two effects :
You can put whatever you like in this box , and
You pay for any space that isn’t used .
Now this presents an opportunity to you that you may not of realised – you can fit in a surprising amount of parts into a small space by nesting them well .
It’s basically like playing Tetris , interlock parts amongst each other keeping in mind their unique geometries . Below are some visual instructions to help you , but before you dive in keep in mind a few constraints :
– Leave a minimum of 2mm between ANY surfaces , remember your parts will be scaled up to account for shrinkage when they’re printed so having parts 0.2mm apart means they will be fused together when printed .
– Keep in mind a parts orientation and which way it will need to be printed (See our guide on Orientation HERE)
– The smaller your bounding box the cheaper it will be , so try fill as much space as possible!