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Can we import other stl files into our SelfCAD sketches/designs?
<p><span style="font-size:16px">Please test it with MyMiniFactory plugin - you can import any STL file uploaded there to your current project.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p>
What is '3D Print' feature about?
<p><span style="font-size:16px">3D Print gives you access to SelfCAD&#39;s slicer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">The first thing you will see after clicking 3D Print is the preview, where you can see the results of your operations. In the top part of the preview, there is one of the most important buttons in slicer - Slice. Only after pressing this button the object is sliced into layers and only then you can see how the object will look like, what the path of the nozzle will be, how long the printing process will take.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Navigation is a little bit different than in the SelfCAD app - you also rotate the camera using the left mouse button, zoom in and out with the mouse wheel, but to pan, you have to use the right mouse button instead of the middle one. You can also reset the camera by pressing the button in the bottom left corner.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:20px"><strong>a) What will happen if I put more than one object in the slicer?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">The Slicer will ask you it should treat the objects as separate or not.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:20px"><strong>b) What if I can&#39;t find my printer in the Slicer?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">You can create your own printer profile by pressing the &#39;Open Profile Editor&#39; button. You can set all default parameters of your printer and material you use there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:20px"><strong>c) Can I save the GCode?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">After pressing Slice you can save the GCode, a file that provides information about the object being printed to the printer.&nbsp;When your object is sliced, the new button appears in the bottom right corner.&nbsp; The white text &quot;Save GCode&quot; on it suggests that it is this button that generates the file, which should be delivered to the printer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:20px"><strong>d) What do I need to do to print my model?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">To print your model you have to do 3 things: import the object into the slicer, slice it and save the GCode which says the printer what it should do.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">To see SelfCAD&#39;s slicer in action, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlNYm4WK-8I" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>watch this video</strong>.</span></a></span></p>
How to use 'Cut with Profile'?
<p><span style="font-size:16px">To use Cut with Profile you have to select both a mesh and profile which is drawn on this mesh and then choose Cut with Profile.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">For more information <strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D7Bg4hV2Rs"><span style="font-size:16px">watch the video about Cut with Profile.</span></a></strong></span></p>
What is a 'Profile'?
<p><span style="font-size:16px">In SelfCAD we have two types of objects - meshes and profiles. The basic difference between them is that meshes are composed of polygons and profiles are actually sets of edges. It means that the profiles have no volume and you cannot print them but you can use them to model many interesting printable meshes.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>a) How can I create a Profile?</strong></span></h2> <p><span style="font-size:16px">You can create profiles either by drawing them yourself in 3D Sketch or since each profile is composed of edges, you can easily copy them from the already ready mesh.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><img alt="" src="https://content.instructables.com/FO3/QA8C/K2XTZ02M/FO3QA8CK2XTZ02M.LARGE.jpg?auto=webp&amp;width=1024&amp;fit=bounds" style="height:407px; width:724px" /></span></p>
How can I export my models in SelfCAD?
<p><span style="font-size:16px">a) Find &#39;Export&#39; in &#39;Files&#39; then choose the format of the model you would like to export your design in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">You can choose to export your object in STL, PNG or:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.dae</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.x</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.stp</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.obj</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.ply</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.plly(binary)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.3ds</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.gltf</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.glb(binary)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.gltf v2</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.gltf v2 (binary)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.x3d</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.fbx(binary)</span></li> <li><span style="font-size:16px">.fbx</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>b) What happens if I try to export two or more objects at the same time?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">What should happen is: you&#39;ll get a zip file with an stl or the extension you chose of every object you exported.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">If you want to export your group as one object, you need to Group them. There&#39;s however a danger that this will merge them, once you import them in another 3D modeling program.</span></p>

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