Many people are curious about how to include text elements (or other components) in a 3D printed multi material part. In my last post I described the features of a multi material sample with 10 different materials on it. Coincidentially, I needed to include some text blocks in the body of the sample in order to identify each one of the materials. As we have a Connex 3D printer, the only 3D printing solution able to use 2 materials to build multi material prototypes, I was able to achieve this objective.
In order to emboss text blocks with a different material of the base part, you need to follow this procedure:
- Model the recess feature (extruded cut) in the base part.
- Model the text block as a separtate part. Make sure that the dimensions of the letters are exactly the same of the extruded cut in the base part.
- Create an assembly and position the text exaclty within the recess of the base part.
- Export the assembly as an STL file. Make sure to UNCHECK the option “Save all components of an assembly in a single file”.
- In Objet Studio, import all the STL files you just exported in SolidWorks. Make sure to CHECK the “Assembly” option.
- Select one part at a time, and assign the materials according to your requirements.
- You can use the “Automatic Placement” option in Objet Studio.
- You can now save the tray or send the job to print.
You are done, now you have text embossed into a body, with a different material in the same part.
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