natemclain
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Rotate STL with no flat surfaces available

Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:07 am

I need to rotate an STL so that I can add supports and print it standing up at an angle so it will fit my print area.
I have tried the Edit>Place Surface On Bed but everything has draft angles and radii so its not as simple as selecting a surface.
Can someone point this Simpliy3D newbie in the right direction as this is going to be an ongoing issue with all the prints we make. :-)
STL attached

TIA!

Nate McLain
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natemclain
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Re: Rotate STL with no flat surfaces available

Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:17 pm

Quick Update:

I just rotated the STL so it is positioned corner to corner so its in the build area.
If there is another solution I would like to hear it. :-)

TIA!

Nate

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dkightley
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Re: Rotate STL with no flat surfaces available

Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:19 pm

Double-click on the part....and the model info window will open. The bottom three settings are XYZ rotation values.
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horst.w
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Re: Rotate STL with no flat surfaces available

Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:27 am

Another option:

Select the model and choose Menue EDIT > Place Surface ...
Touch with the mouse arrow the part of the model you want to put it on the table and click this triangle.

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TheBum
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Re: Rotate STL with no flat surfaces available

Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:43 pm

You may have to rotate manually as Doug suggested. I have one model that sits on the bed in three places: one straight edge and two arcs. I just fiddled with the rotation values, with a drop to table surface between changes, until I could slice and have all three places extrude on the bed's surface.

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