week 5 - 3D scanning and printing : Local Session#

  • Author : jun kawahara, Kai Naito,Asako Okazaki (Fablab Kamakura) / Toshiki Tsuchiyama (FabLab Kuriyama)
  • Date created : 2/4/2019
  • Date updated : 2/23/2021
  • updated : 2/21/2021 - Anycubic Mega S
  • updated : 2/23/2022 - 2022 evaluation standards



  • Confirmation of assignment requirements
  • There will be a Debugging recitation on 2/28(Mon). This is a class that will benefit everyone, so please make sure you attend.
  • Preparations for Global Evaluation are underway.


Assignments & Goal (2021 → 2022)#

Group assignment#

  • Test the design rules for your 3D printer(s)
  • Document your work and explain what are the limits of your printer(s) (in a group or individually)
  • Document your work to the group work page and reflect on your individual page what you learnedNEW

Individual assignment#

  • Design and 3D print an object (small, few cm3, limited by printer time) that could not be easily made subtractively
  • 3D scan an object, try to prepare it for printing (←NEW) (and optionally print it)

Learning outcomes#

  • Identify the advantages and limitations of 3D printing and scanning technology
  • Apply design methods and production processes to show your understanding of 3D printing(←NEW).
  • 3D scan an object, try to prepare it for printing (and optionally print it)
  • Demonstrate how scanning technology can be used to digitize object(s) (←NEW)

Have you#

  • Linked to the group assignment page
  • Explained what you learned from testing the 3D printers
  • Documented how you designed and made your object and explained why it could not be easily made subtractively
  • Documented how you scanned and prepared an object (for 3D printing)
  • Included your original design files for 3D printing (both CAD and common format for 3D printing)
  • Included your hero shots

Refer to Assessment page



Define cannot be easily made subtractively#

  • Answer: Your model has undercuts), overhangs, nested parts, meshes etc.

What is “undercut” ?#

Undercut is a feature that can make it difficult for a part to be ejected from the mold.

ReferenceInjection Molding - Undercuts (How to Avoid and Design)

What is “overhangs” ?#

3D print overhangs are geometric shapes in a 3D model that extends outwards and beyond the previous layer.
Overhangs have no direct support on it so it is difficult to be printed.

Nonetheless, there are overhangs that are tolerable.
These are 3D print overhangs with as much as 45ᵒ angle.
But, if it exceeds this number, then issues such as droopy filament strands may be encountered.

ReferenceHow to improve 3D print overhangs and bridges
Reference3D Printing Overhang: How to 3D Print Overhangs

What is “nested parts” ?#

In 3D printing, “Nested Parts” refers to the state or structure of having the same shape or type of (smaller) parts in a model.
sample photo

<Another “Nesting” meaning>
Nesting is part of a build preparation stage that optimises the use of the build volume of a 3D printer.

Nesting software sorts, orients and arranges 3D files to maximise space inside a 3D printer.
Nesting can be compared to Tetris, a game where you need to arrange the falling blocks of different shapes to fill the line, whereas with nesting you try to pack as many parts as possible into one 3D printer to save costs and increase machine productivity.

Nesting is most commonly used with Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) technologies, like Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF).

Reference:The Role of Nesting in Polymer 3D Printing

What is “mesh” ?#

(3D) Mesh is the structural build of a 3D model consisting of polygons.
3D meshes use reference points in X, Y and Z axes to define shapes with height, width and depth.

ReferenceWhat is 3D mesh?
ReferenceMesh vs. NURBS: Which 3D Model Is Best for 3D Printing?


What is a common format for 3D printing#

  • Answer: STL, OBJ or 3MF (please make your file small for the repository, compress reduce etc.)

What is “STL” ?#

STL (Standard Triangulated Language) is one of the file formats for storing data that expresses three-dimensional shapes.
It describes a set of small triangular elements that make up a three-dimensional shape, and is characterized by the fact that it only contains triangles and does not handle any other polygons or curves.
It is a standard format in the field of rapid prototyping because of its simple data structure, which does not include color or topology data (connections between shapes).


ASCII STL format is highly human readable, but the file size is larger than binary format, and it also takes longer to read and write the file.

  • Binary STL

The STL also has a binary format, which is smaller in file size than ASCII and faster because there is no encoding/decoding when reading/writing.


What is “OBJ” ?#

The OBJ file format stores information about 3D models.

It was originally created by Wavefront Technologies for its Advanced Visualizer application to store geometric objects composed of lines, polygons, and free-form curves and surfaces.
As such, OBJs can encode the surface geometry of a 3D model but can also store color and texture information.
(※The format does not store any scene information (such as light position) or animations.)

ReferenceOBJ File Format – All You Need to Know

What is “3MF” ?#

The 3MF(3D Manufacturing Format) can dethrone STL as the standard file format for additive manufacturing because it provides answers to many problems STL faces, such as limited model data storage and, frankly, low-quality files.

Designed with additive manufacturing in mind, 3MF is a handy tool that stores large amounts of model data in one small file, including:
- Full color and texture data - Material data - Designer’s name, part description, copyright & licensing data - Thumbnail images - More than one object per scene - Support structures attached to part data - Beam lattices - Scene scale and measurements - Full tray support for direct machine preparation - Printer configuration information - Data encryption - Volumetric Design (coming soon)

All of this seems like it would produce massive files, but 3MF files use the same compression method as the popular ZIP format, which makes 3MF files lightweight and small in file size (typically half to a third the size of an STL file of the same model).
This also means that you can easily decompress the file to work on the contained data, just like a ZIP.

Reference3MF File Format – All You Need to Know

Should I include my scanned file(s)#

  • Answer: Not necessary, files can be very large

If the file size is large, please use an external site such as “Sketchfab” to upload the data.


Time table exsample on Onsite session#


Advices from Instructors#

  • Pay special attention to time management this week.
  • 3D printers take a long time to form. Also, they do not always print well.
    In the case of printers without enclosures, the printing environment (temperature and humidity) will also affect the probability of success.
  • It is a good idea to keep the printer running at all times.


Class review#

Global Session Note - 3D Printing and Scanning


Confirmation of assignment requirements#

Group assignment#

How to investigate the characteristics and performance of 3D printers#

※ Please look for other sample data and reference sites regarding 3D printer characteristics and performance research. (Pitch and material differences, etc.)

※ There are more test samples, so look for them and print them out.

Reference3D Printer Test Print: Best Torture-Test Models of 2021


individual assignment#

Subtractive Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing#

What is subtractive manufacturing?#

This is a manufacturing method that involves cutting and trimming materials as in conventional cutting processes.

In the subtractive manufacturing method, the material is cut and processed, so all the cut parts become waste.
In additive manufacturing, the necessary materials are piled up, so there is little waste of materials.
It is not only eco-friendly, but also reduces material costs and processing time.

What is additive manufacturing?#

It is a manufacturing method in which materials are built up from scratch, and manufacturing using 3D printer output is a typical example of additive manufacturing, or is treated as almost synonymous with it.
It has the following four features.

・Can respond immediately to changes in specifications, etc.
・Reduction of material and processing costs
・Can create designs that could not be created with conventional cutting processes.
・Quick turnaround from design to completion

For 3D printing output, there are also methods such as topology optimization and generative design.
These are methods to design an optimal shape by setting conditions such as load and the space where an object can exist.

Differences between the two manufacturing methods#

In cutting processes, there are situations where the ideal design cannot be realized because the blade cannot fit or the workpiece cannot be fixed.
With additive manufacturing, there are no such constraints, so it is possible to design the ideal shape.
The internal structure can be made lighter by using a lattice structure with hollow or perforated parts, or multiple parts can be designed as a single part.
The design method for maximizing additive manufacturing is called DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing).

What is DfAM(Design for Additive Manufacturing)?#

Design for Additive Manufacturing is an acronym that refers to a design method for maximizing the use of additive manufacturing.
There are many ways to do this, such as using a honeycomb structure for the internal structure to reduce weight, creating a shape that could not be machined by cutting, combining multiple parts into one, and changing the angle at which the 3D printer support is attached to prevent the support from being attached.

QuoteAdditive Manufacturing, a lean manufacturing method|Explaining the features and benefits(JP)


Lab Equipments of 3D printers#

FabLab Kuriyamaβ#

Afinia H800+#

Prusa i3 mk3#

  • build volume: 25 cm x 21 cm x 21 cm
  • user manual: English
  • download: PrusaSlicer 2.1.1

    ReferenceShave off some printing time! Slice Settings Tuning with PrusaSlicer(JP)

    ReferenceIroning setup using 3D printer Prusa i3

    • What is Ironing?・・・
      Ironing is a technique for smoothing the top surface of a 3D printed model to give the part a cleaner look.
      Theoretically, ironing a 3D printer is very similar to ironing clothes.
      Just as the heat from the iron is used to stretch out the wrinkles in the clothes, the 3D printer uses the heat from the nozzle to stretch out the irregularities in the final layer (surface).
      As this happens, a small amount of material is extruded from the nozzle onto the surface. The heat from the nozzle softens the layer, and the extruded material can easily fill in the gaps in the layer and make it smooth.
      Since the nozzles of most 3D printers are pointing downward, ironing can only be done on the final layer (top surface) of the model.

      ReferencePrusaSlicer: Ironing – How to Get a Smooth Surface

Indonesia Lab#

Prusa i3 mk3#


3D scanning of the object (optional printing is available)#

What is 3D scan?#

3D scanning is the process of analyzing a real-world object or environment and collecting data on its shape and possibly appearance (such as color).
The collected data is then used to build a digital 3D model.
3D scanners are based on a variety of technologies, each with its own limitations, advantages, and costs.
There are still many limitations in the types of objects that can be digitized. For example, optical technologies can encounter many difficulties, such as dark, shiny, reflective, or transparent objects.
For example, industrial CT scanners, Structured Light method 3D scanners, LiDAR, and Time Of Flight 3D scanners are capable of building digital 3D models without destructive testing.


If we divide 3D scanning methods into two major categories, I think we can divide them into photogrammetry, which creates a 3D model from a photograph, and LiDAR scanning, which uses a laser beam.

What is photogrammetry?

This is a method of creating a three-dimensional 3DCG model by shooting a subject from various angles and analyzing and integrating the digital images.

What is LiDAR scan?

LiDAR (short for Light Detection and Ranging) is a method of measuring the depth of the space to which the camera is pointed and the 3D shape of the subject by measuring the time it takes for light emitted from the sensor to hit an object and bounce back, thereby identifying the distance to and size of that object.
LiDAR scanning became a hot topic when it was incorporated into the iPad Pro released in March 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro released in October 2020, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max released in November 2020.


settings & troubleshooting guides#


Other Reference Websites#


Announcements / notes#

Uploading Assignments#

  • Please upload 3D data with large file sizes to an external site, not to a repository.


  • Next Week: debugging

Start Final project tracking page#

Apart from the weekly assignment document, create and start documenting a page to record the progress of the Final Project. Example



Support documents#


Class video (recorded)#