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BergmanIII
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Trouble getting files to print to scale on my 3d printer

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03-21-2013 02:11 PM

I have a Makerbot Replicator 3d printer for my class. I am having issues when I save my drawing as an stl file bring it up in the Makerware software it decreases the size and I can't get things to scale. I have been in contact with Makerbot for several months and their response is now: "We actually may have had a bit of a breakthrough! Apparently there's something off about the way that Inventor exports files to .stl, and there may be a bug in our software when scaling. Whenever exporting to .stl, especially in metric apparently, Inventor makes the object 10% of the size. To correct for this, can you try scaling your model by 1000%, then exporting to .stl and bringing it into MakerWare? Send me a copy of the .stl either way, and let me know how it goes!" and "The issue is not something we can fix because it's not an issue in MakerWare. As I suggested, contact Autodesk support and maybe they can help you out!"

 

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JDMather
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Re: Trouble getting files to print to scale on my 3d printer

03-21-2013 02:14 PM in reply to: BergmanIII

Attach your ipt file here.

Attach your stl file here.

 

When Save As *.stl click Options and set the correct Units (Inventor defaults to Centimeters).

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Re: Trouble getting files to print to scale on my 3d printer

03-21-2013 06:33 PM in reply to: BergmanIII
That took care of my problem! Thanks
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luiww
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Re: Trouble getting files to print to scale on my 3d printer

03-22-2013 06:50 AM in reply to: BergmanIII

I once did make the mistake of the stl format by selecting cm instead of mm.  The default is in cm.

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