Orient the part in relation to the printing bed. You can orient the part to a surface, or to achieve the maximum or minimun build height.

  1. Click the Orientation icon.
    The part which was previously selected for printing is displayed in red.
  2. Select an orientation method.
    • Click the Max Build Height icon to maximize the build height for efficient printing and cooling. This orientation protects the part from cooling deformations, ensuring that the part prints according to design and build dimensions.
    • Click the Min Build Height icon to minimize the build height to achieve the shortest printing time.
    • Click the Surface icon and then select a surface on the part. The surface that you chose now faces the printing bed with its normal oriented toward gravity.
    • Click the Min Undercut icon to orient the part to minimize the supports needed for 3D printing. It analyzes all of the possible orientations and selects the one that minimizes the total area of the undercut surfaces. Note that the calcuation may take several minutes to complete.
  3. Enter a Distance in the Orientation table to configure the distance between the part and printing bed. The minimum distance is 0.002 m.
  • For surfaces on the part with angles of less than 45 degrees, support is required. These areas are shown in yellow and update automatically as the part is rotated using the Move tool.
  • If you rotate the part or create new orientaitions, the Current orientation values update automatically. Select a row in the Orientation table to restore that orientation.
  • If the part accidentally extends outside of the printing bed, select the Move Inside option on the Orientation table to place it inside of the printing bed.
  • By default, undercuts are only shown in yellow when the Orientation tool is active. Enabling the Retain Undercuts option on the Orientation table makes the undercuts visible when using other tools. This is useful when you are modifying the geometry and want to see how the undercuts change as a result.