In this article, I will be discussing things to consider when 3D Printing inside ZBrush, in regards to getting a good print and allowances...
In this article, I will be discussing things to consider when 3D Printing inside ZBrush, in regards to getting a good print and allowances we can make to get the best possible 3D Print using ZBrush.
Do your Checks!
Make sure you run a considerable amount of checks or test prints so you can identify the pros of your printer, like the amount of detail you can maintain, the angles you can print unsupported and the print size and filament type you want to use.
So based on the amount of detail you can achieve in a print will largely govern the detail you put into a sculpt, if you need to use support structures then use them however if your models angles and the base is correct you might not even need them.
Also, consider breaking your model up into pieces but this is not random you should do breaks that are easy for cleanup or are hidden under elements, these considerations will add to a better easier to clean 3D Print.
Model break up
In order to get better results we can break our model up into pieces we can reassemble as a kit, this might mean adding pegs or insertions to register up with certain parts be sure to check your tolerances so the parts fit together.
Also, make sure the sculpt break up is done with purpose so it actually makes sense this way you will gain a better print.
Consider sculpting with control
What do I mean by this? well if you lay detail down on a sculpt and then it's not deep enough to show clearly in the print you want a way to easily be able to add depth or indeed remove it this will help you have control of your final print, as a general rule of thumb definitely have deeper detail than you need to ensure good detail on the final 3D Print.
Techniques to do this
To do this and gain control we can use alphas driven by surface noise, morph targets with layers and projection and 3D Snapshot inside ZBrush, to find out more see this course which covers a ton of techniques on this subject
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