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1 year 6 months ago - Commented on Rotate and annotate uploaded model


Hey Kirby!


I agree and do the same thing. I agree it's especially important to check the layers as I find sometimes, particularly when someone has generated a 3D model using SkethUp, that the STL generation leads to some ill defined surfaces. Nothing is more frustrating then slicing a print in Cura in the wrong viewmode and not realizing the layers prescribe a completely different geometery. 

However, if this painful scenario sounds familiar I'm sure you can empathize: 


1) User submits 3D model. 

2) You perform an initial check by clicking on the part images in the order to see what type of daemon you're dealing with. 

3) Parts look alright at first glance. Let's download. 

4) Should I download all parts and have to unzip to a new folder that will get swallowed up in downloads folder hell?

5) Meh, let's check the part individually. Download. Show in folder

6) Alright let's drag into slicer. boom. slicing... 

7) Well no, i didn't want it to slice that configuration, let's rotate it and see which plane we should print from. 

8) Hmm, I coudn't see that the back of this seemingly innocuous part had been designed with the slightest of arcs ever. super aesthetic though....

9) To support or not to support? That is the question...  Let's tell this person to get rid of it. 

10) Should I try and a) describe the notion of layer printing requiring support via text       b) pass on some great reading material for them to learn on their own     c) use pictures to describe where the print needs to be made flat

11) I'll throw this person a bone and draw them a picture with a brief explanation... Opens paint

12) Yup... flatten here, add it support columns, remove this overhang, cantilevers don't work....
13) Nice, surely they got that. Let's wait a couple mins(hrs) for a response. 

15) Nope they didn't get that. 


Wash. Rinse. Repeat. 



I still would like the feature so that I could immediately evaluate the part for problems in the browser. Just a pain point that could maybe make the UX a bit nicer. 

1 year 6 months ago - Posted a new Thread

Hi 3D hubs, Would it be possible to incorporate a feature to allow for rotations of an uploaded model in the browser. I hate having to download the .stl file and then import it into a slicer software to see the back of the part. Often there are hidden features that impact the print design. 

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