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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

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Example – roof truss

Let's go through a practical example of modeling and create a roof truss. We begin by sketching or finding an image of what we would like to model. We'll use the illustration below:

Example – roof truss

Common roof truss

Preparation of drawing for modeling

Now we are faced with our first design decision: create the part with real dimensions and scale it for 3D printing or use prescaled dimensions to fit on the MakerBot platform. What you choose will depend on your application. The quickest way, if you already know you intend to print the model on the MakerBot, is to design for printing from the start. The disadvantage of this decision is that you are ...

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