HOW TO 3D PRINTING - Tips & Tricks

On this page you will find useful Tip&Trick for 3D printing of your Paragami Art.

01 / LATEST UPDATE

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GEOMETRY IN THE "PLAIN" AND "NUMBERED" FOLDERS

With the latest update, a new folder has been added to the download package. Now, there are two folders. The geometry for the art is almost the same in both. The only difference is that the blocks in the NUMBERED folder have their numbers already embedded within the geometry.

This means you don’t have to mark the number of each block when 3D printing, and there’s no risk of mixing them up during assembly. The downside is that these blocks will take slightly longer to print.

The block number and color are also noted in the file name. Additionally, a PDF layout grid with the number and color group is included.

02 / TOTAL PRINT TIME AND WEIGHT

HOW TO ESTIMATE THE TOTAL PRINTING TIME AND WEIGHT OF THE ART

The printing time and material weight depend on your individual settings and machine.
However, you can make an estimate! Drag and drop the entire model into the Slicer.
Go to Printer Settings and set the print bed large enough to accommodate the entire artwork.
Then configure the print settings—layer height, speed, infill, perimeters, and bottom and top solid layers.
After generating the gcode, you will see the approximate time and material consumption.

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03 / MULTIMATERIAL PRINTER

HOW TO PRINT MULTICOLOR WITH A MULTIMATERIAL PRINTER

For this tutorial, we are using Prusa Slicer and the PRUSA Multimaterial upgrade.

First, select the Multimaterial printer; this tells the program that you are going to make a multicolor print. Then, select all five color part STL files. These files have the color number in the file name.
Drag and drop them into the slicer, and confirm that this is the multicolor model—the slicer will maintain the model coordinates.
You may need to scale the model down to fit the print bed. Then, set up the material and the print itself.

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04 / PRINTBED ARRANGEMENT

HOW TO PRINT THE FIVE-COLOR ART SEPARATELY

There are two ways to do this. The first method uses the color-grouped STLs, and the second uses individual blocks.

The first option is using color-grouped STLs.
Drag and drop the first color group STL into the slicer and apply the SPLIT TO OBJECTS function. This will break the model into individual blocks.
Move the model off the bed, and with Shift, reselect only a few blocks that will fit the print bed. Then slice the first gcode.
Return to the model space and move another group of blocks onto the print bed. Generate the second gcode. Continue this process with the rest of the blocks using the remaining color-grouped STLs.

The second option is using Individual Blocks:
Go to the folder named "Blocks" and select several blocks that should be printed in the same color. The color group is indicated in the file name.
Drag and drop them into the slicer and apply the "Arrange" function. This will automatically organize the blocks onto the print bed.
Slice it, save the gcode, and continue with the rest of the blocks.

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