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3D Printing at Touro College

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Heather Hilton

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Central Islip, NY 11722
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Infill, Shells & Rafts

3D Printed models are not usually solid or hollow inside.  They contain "infill".  The infill is placed in a pattern which can be adjusted depending on the options of your specific printer.  The percentage of infill can be increased to create a denser and stronger model.  But increasing the infill will also increase material usage and print time.  These photos show examples of infill percentages and infill patterns from our Makerbot Replicator.  The infill shown in the picture below is in a "diamond" pattern at 5%, 10%, 20% and 30% infill.

Infill Diamond Pattern

This picture shows two other patterns of infill available on the Makerbot Replicator - Linear and Hex.

Infill Linear and Hex Pattern

The "Shells" are the number of layers of material on the outside wall of the model.  Increasing the number of shells adds to the thickness and strength of the model, but also adds to material usage and print time.  The default setting on the Makerbot Replicator is 2 shells, but this can be adjusted.  See examples below of 2, 3, 4 or 8 shells.

Shell Thickness

A Raft is a thin latticework of filament beneath your object.  It is a foundation for the object to be printed on.

Raft  Raft

When the print is finished, the raft is removed.

Raft Removed Raft Removed

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