I was inspired by the Simplify3D Facebook post of these method to print Multi Colour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV2Ajyo ... e=youtu.be . Looks great, but I don't have the skill, time, or the SW to do what the Author was showing.
@gearsawe in my thread on How to create a Negative for Molds using Simply3D got me thinking on using the same method for Multi Colour prints. It's nowhere as powerful as the method described in the Youtube tutorial but it works, is quick & easy, and gets the job done just using Simply3D.
Here is an example of creating a Phone Case with 3 other coloured items in it (note I'm using a 0.20 layer height):
Part1: Arrange the Items (see pics Part1a and Part1b)
- Add you Phone Case STL and the other items you want to "embed" into the surface to you project
- Arrange and Scale the Embedded Parts in the pattern you want over the the Phone Case
- Make all the Embedded Parts only Z=0.20 (uncheck "Uniform Scaling")
Part2: Create the "Negative" of the Phone Case (see pic Part2)
- Select/Highlight all the Parts under the Models Window, including the Main Part then File--> Export Models--> Export Binary STL, and Import this new STL (I've called it Phone-Negative). If you have a good like at this Negative it now has voids in the exact shape of the items to embed.
- Deselect the original Phone Case
- Without moving the Embedded Parts, arrange the Negative Phone case over the Embedded Parts so they line up exactly (if needed). Note if you turn on View---> Wire Frame and zoom in it is easier to see.
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