AutoOrient is a blatant JOKE!


#1

I better laugh to keep from crying!


#2

AutoOrrient Is handholding for tyros…


#3

It used to be quite good in past PreForm versions, until they introduced some “simplifications”, now it is quite useless indeed. Shame on Formlabs.


#4

After learning that all Formlabs sample pieces* are built directly on the platform I’m trying to do the same, even if it means designing custom supports.

*except Draft v2 and Tough1500


#5

DOH!

Really!??!


#6

They are? What’s the advantage of that?


#7

Less cleanup work


#8

But no advantage in dimensional stability? Seems like more cleanup work to me; instead of snapping supports off of a nice little raft you’d have to scrape them one-by-one off the build plate, probably while flinging uncured resin absolutely everywhere.


#9

I use custom support where standard point supports would not be acceptable, mainly for parts that face the build plate.

The top edge of the supports on the bottom here is a 0.3mm square section which, with standard resins, will break off, more or less, cleanly after being scored with a scalpel. The blue supports in the windows are 0.4mm thick and again break off cleanly after being scored.

I also found that the touchpoints on any extra support the Preform puts on for overhanging minima can be reduced to 0.2mm.