When you create the export file from your Inventor model, available options control resolution and tessellation. A dynamic preview displays the model in the tessellated condition. In the preview environment, a toolbar provides commands, including access back to the export file options. When satisfied with the results of your option settings, you save your file in the export file format and send it to an internet 3D printing service. Your Web browser opens automatically to the Autodesk web site http:\\www.autodesk.com\autocad3dprinting , which lists three 3D printing service providers. You choose the provider and upload your file, so they can make the physical model.
Start with an open Inventor file. Then prepare your file to export to a format that is compatible with the 3D printers on the Autodesk 3D Print Service Web page.
When your file is set up and you start your 3D print job, two options are available for including components: All Visible and Selection:
To view your setup for your export file, click Print 3D Print Preview.
Close the preview to make further adjustments. When you are satisfied with your setup, you are ready to initiate the 3D Print job.
The Send to 3D Print Service dialog box opens, where you can set options and save the export file for your print job.
To adjust the settings, on the Print Preview toolbar, click Options.
When you are satisfied with the results in the preview, click Close.
The file is saved to disk and is ready to send to the 3D printing service.
Your internet browser opens to www.autodesk.com/autocad3dprinting so you can choose your 3D print provider.
The objects specified to be included in the export file display in the graphics window, and the 3D Print Preview toolbar displays.
In the 3D Print Preview ribbon:
The dialog box and preview display close. You return to the previous dialog box.
The options dialog box opens for the file type selected in the previous dialog box.
The settings are accepted, and you return to the previous dialog box.
On the 3D Print Preview toolbar, click Options to return to the export options for further adjustments.
Starts the workflow to prepare and send a file to a 3D print vendor to create a rapid prototype.
Click PrintSend to 3D Print Service.
On the 3D Print Preview toolbar, click Send to 3D Print Service.
|Export File Type||Displays the STL Files (*.stl) file types accepted by 3D print vendors.|
Opens the export options dialog box for a translator appropriate for the file listed in Name. You can adjust parameters for creating the export file.
|Print Range||Specifies valid values for newly exposed parameters. The bounding box of the exported object determines the range. |
All Visible Includes only the portion of the model that is visible in the graphics window.
Selected Includes only the components you select in the graphics window before you click Selected.
|Scaling||Scale Specifies the size of the printed physical model. Adjusts the size of the bounding box so you can scale the model to fit within the build envelope of the 3D printer. When scale changes, Length, Width, and Height change as well. |
Length Adjusts the printed physical model to the length you specify. When length changes, width and height change as well.
Width Adjusts the printed physical model to the width you specify. When width changes, length and height change as well.
Height Adjusts the printed physical model to the height you specify. When height changes, length and width change as well.
|3D Print Preview||Closes the dialog box. Displays a toolbar and preview window with the image of the facet data to create and save in the export file.|
Opens the 3D print preview environment with a display of the model in a tessellated condition before you create the export file.
Click Print3D Print Preview.
In the Send to 3D Print Service dialog box, click 3D Print Preview.
In the Save Copy As dialog box opened from 3D Print Preview, click Preview.
3D Print Preview toolbar
|Provides access to commands for the 3D printing service workflow|
| ||Send to 3D Print Service||Opens the Send to 3D Print Service dialog box and starts the 3D printing service workflow. Available when you access 3D Print Preview from the Print flyout on the Application menu|
| ||Save Copy As||Exports the objects as they appear in the preview to the file type for the 3D printer. Available when you access 3D Print Preview from the Print flyout on the Application menu.|
| ||Previous Component||Switches the component in the preview to the one that comes before it in the component preview stack. If the current preview is the first in the stack, displays the last component in the preview stack. Available only with multiple components in the component preview stack.|
|Component List||Displays the name of the part file to export. If there are multiple files to export, lists the name of each part file and its number of occurrences. Select any file name in the list to preview it.|
| ||Next Component||Switches the component in the preview to the one that comes after it in the component preview stack. If the current preview is the last in the stack, displays the first component in the preview stack. Available only with multiple components in the component preview stack.|
| ||Show or Hide Facet Edges||Turns off and on the display of wireframe or facet edges in the faceted preview image.|
|File Type list box||Displays the preview image based on the export options of the selected file type. Lists only file types accepted by 3D printers (*.stl).|
|Options||Opens the options of the export translator selected in the File Type list box. You can adjust the parameters for the preview image.|
|Close||Closes the 3D Print Preview dialog box and returns to the previous view.|
|Facets edit box||Displays the number of facets used to create the current preview image. Changes when you change export options or change previews.|
|File Size edit box||If you create a file with the export options settings of the current preview image, displays the size of the file. Changes when you change the export options settings.|