Exporting Parts for 3D Printing from Autodesk Inventor

By Harrison Gloyne, Redstack Intern

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Now that your parts have been created, it’s time to print them. But how do you export them from Autodesk Inventor?

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How do I export my part ready for 3D Printing?

Exporting your parts from Inventor is an easy task and can be achieved by following these 6 simple step for Exporting CAD files to the 3D printer.

1.   Open the File tab a select Export a select CAD Format à and choose the Save a STL file option.

2.  Open 3D printing program (Ultimaker Cura).

Download Ultimaker Cura for free.

3. Select the printer you wish to use by clicking the drop-down menu in top right corner.

4.  Adjust settings –

  • a. MATERAL – PLA material is far superior to other materials.
  • b. NOZZLE – the print head has the size of the print nozzle written on it.
  • c. LAYER HEIGHT –  The smaller the layer height, the higher the resolution of the print (however it is slower).
  • d. INFILL – INFILL determines the density of the part, which can be set from 10% to 30%.
  • e. GENERATE SUPPORT – if the part has cavities then support is required. To fix the cavities select Generate support
  • f. Build Plate Adhesion – this builds a single layer of material, which prevents shrinkage of the plastic in the early stages of the print. It also prevents small parts lifting off the build plate.

5. Save to removable drive (USB or SD card).

6. Plug the removable drive into you printer and follow the prompts on printer.

These 6 easy to follow steps will have you 3D printing in no time!


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