3D Printing has been the rage in the last few years when it became clear that you can create real-life and real-size objects with the click of a mouse. Though many people are aware of it, still many people don't know how to go about using it. Once you've mastered the basics of 3D printing, you would be on your way to creating virtually any object you can imagine.
But for that to happen you have to know and master a few things. You need to have the best 3D Printer and you need to know the basics of the most reliable 3D Printing Software. One without the other is not of much use.
Let's explore the best in the categories, how to master it and what it can do for you?
Mooz 3D Printer
Dobot Mooz is an industrial grade printer for printing 3D Objects. It has interchangeable heads, which means that we can do up to 3 different types of printing -- 3D Printing laser engraving, and CNC Carving. This makes the printer highly precise and dependable in printing any object in 3D.
Now let’s explore how you can 3D print text with Dobot Mooz:
- Download the Appropriate Software
The first step in any printing -- 2D or 3D -- is that you would need a good and a reliable software.
For Mooz 3D Printing, SketchUp is a great software way to plan and create things so that it can be printed in three dimensions. It is free of cost.
- The initial steps
Once you have downloaded the SketchUp software it will ask you certain basic steps before you start sketching.
Size: You have to select the size in millimeters or inches. This will have a direct bearing on the final 3D Output
View: You then have to select, which view do you want -- the side view or the top view. Select the view that you are most comfortable with.
Once you are done with setting the basic parameters, let's go to the next step in printing 3D Text.
- 3D Printing Text Guide
On the tabs at the top, click on the "Tools" button and then select 3D Text.
After this, enter the text you want to print into the box. Now select the fonts you want. The Sketch Up software will pull the fonts that are available on your computer. Now determine the height of the text and set it accordingly.
Under the "Height field", you have to check the two form boxes -- Extruded and Filled. The meaning of this is that how tall you want the text to be.
If you are satisfied with your text and the size, click on "Place", so that your text is ready to be placed in the workplace.
Now save the file on your desktop in case you want to use it in the future.
- Making Adjustments to your Text
The next step is about to give your text a little bit of scale. How long do you want them to be? How much stretch do you want in them? Etc. To select the text, click on the text and it will be covered in blue. Alongside, you will see green blocks. Just click on the blocks to either push the text in or drag the text out.
The other features are the "Move" & "Rotate".
If you want to move the entire structure, then select the text before, before you move the entity.
To rotate a particular text, you have to define a position at 0 degrees after selecting the face of the text which is parallel to the axis. Thus, if you want to rotate "America" sideways, then click on the side of the end text and the text will rotate sideways. For vertical rotation, click on the top of the alphabets and it will rotate accordingly.
- Create a Base
This is a very crucial step when you want to proceed to the next step of 3D printing.
In this step, you have to first click on "Shapes" then select "Rectangles". After this, select a point at the base of the text and then a diagonal point from the first point.
This is the base of the letters.
You can either "Push" or "Pull" the letters to give it the desired base shape of an optimum size.
- Transport Your File
After you are done with the above steps, now you need to export this file to an STL file format for 3D printing.
After that download a free-plug-in within the Sketch Up Software.
Select on the files you want to export and then click "Export To STL". Save your new STL files in a folder.
Using the STL Editor
Once you download the STL Editor, you are ready to begin slicing your text for 3D printing.
Open the STL software and import the STL files which you had saved earlier in your folders.
If there are any rough edges in the text, you can use the "Eraser". Alternatively, you can also use many shapes if you want to extrude the text even further.
You can also use the Push/ Pull feature if you want to elongate or shorten the 3D Text.
To move it around through its vertices, use the "Move" tool.
After you are done with the editing, save it again in the STL file format.
Now you can use the Mooz 3D Printing, to print your 3D text.
3D Printing on Mooz Printer
After you are done with the editing in the STL software, transfer the file to the Mooz printer device. As per your specifications in the STL file, put a 3D object -- be it hard plastic, or wood on to the bed of the printer.
Now give the print command for the process to start.
Depending on the size of the text, the time for completion may vary.
You are ready with your 3D printed Text.