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This quick start guide is designed to you help you become familiar with Fictiv’s online tools for 3D printing.
Read on for a step-by-step guide to help you:
Before uploading your CAD files to Fictiv, it’s important to double check your files are properly prepared.
Here are 3 things to look out for when checking your files:
Be sure to separate parts into individual files and delete any unnecessary shells.
Here are the maximum print sizes for each material:
If your part exceeds the following dimensions, use this quick tutorial to slice your part.
It’s very easy to accidentally export your model in the wrong units; double check your units before submitting your files so you receive the right size part!
STEP files carry all of the parametric data required so we can easily read the part size and geometry.
STL files work well, however there are no associated units and holes/gaps (watertightness) can cause issues when producing parts.
Here are the specific settings to choose when exporting STL files from Solidworks, Inventor, and Rhino:
Here’s a few things to look out for when uploading files to Fictiv.
We prefer files to be under 10MB; if your files are larger than this, refer back to step 2 to adjust your settings and lower your part resolution.
When you submit files for a quote, you’ll select the part units; make sure they match the units you designed the model in.
Use this decision tree to help you choose the best material for your part:
If you choose Rubber-Like, make sure to select a durometer.
Here are some rubber comparisons for each shore choice:
Note that each part can only be printed in one color.
All materials, with the exception of ABS and PLA, print in their natural color:
Still have questions that weren’t covered in this guide? You can always reach out to an expert engineer on the Fictiv prototyping team here.