You Can Now Automatically Generate Your Grid Container on i.materialise
by Stephanie | September 4, 2018
Do you need to 3D print several small parts at once? Grid containers are a useful way to keep costs low and make sure nothing gets lost in the powder. We’ve now made it easier for you to generate a grid container on our online 3D printing platform. Find out how it works!
What is a grid container?
A grid container is a box which is designed around multiple shells or parts. Used only with Laser Sintering and Multi Jet Fusion technologies, it allows you to print several models in one go, while keeping costs low and making sure that all your parts stay together in the powder bed of the 3D printer.
We have just introduced a new and improved feature – meet our automated grid container generator! We’ve made several improvements to our wizard, as well as the software which automatically generates your grid container. All you need to do now is upload your models, and let our software create a grid container around them. Of course, you can still upload your own grid container, but you might as well let us do the work for you!
Why is it cheaper to print models in a grid container?
Grid containers also keep costs low. For every separate model you upload to our platform, there is always a fixed part handling cost. This is because we need to check the printability of each design, and finally clean, finish and perform a quality check on the part after it has been 3D printed.
When you group several models in a grid box container, you’ll only be charged once for the entire container instead of for every separate model. The grid container will be shipped to you unopened so this means that we won’t be able to perform quality checks.
How can I generate a grid container on the i.materialise website?
- Go to the i.materialise homepage
- Click on Container Upload
- Choose between generating a grid container with our robot, or upload one you’ve made yourself
4. Let our improved wizard guide you through the rest of the process
5. Upload your filled grid container on our 3D platform and send it off for 3D printing!