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Which plane for 3D printed parts?

perry_ismangilperry_ismangil Member Posts: 8
Does it matter which plane for sketching? How does planes translate to XYX of exported STL?

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  • rune_thorsen229rune_thorsen229 Member Posts: 179 ✭✭
    perry_ismangilowen_sparks Id like to summarize ideas related to 3D printing. 
    As for my experience it is usefull to orient simple parts on the top plane as that is how it will be placed originally in Cura, Slic3r and friends. Otherwise you need to manually orient it each time. 
    Ideally I would use an assembly as a printplater, see :

  • rune_thorsen229rune_thorsen229 Member Posts: 179 ✭✭

    Doesn't matter.  The 3D Print Software (aka slicer) will allow you to position the part as you wish.

    Chances are you'll want to move it anyway to allow for either maximizing strength, minimizing support, fitting other parts on the bed etc.

    Usually the printer's Z axis will be up, so that'll match the view in OnS.

    Owen S.
    I found that there is a catch on positioning if you are interested: https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/comment/60673/#Comment_60673
    If you know how to sort that out please post
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