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

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Chapter 5. Multipart Design

This chapter will prepare us for creating more advanced assemblies by introducing the concepts of tolerancing and designing for assembly. In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Creating more advanced assemblies
  • Incorporating more challenging part geometry and a greater number of components
  • Learning how component fits and tolerancing aid in the physical assembly of our parts
  • Understanding what it means to design for assembly
  • An example on designing an office building facade with interchangeable components

Introducing tolerancing and fits

Without significantly affecting function, certain dimensions, properties, or conditions may vary within a set limit; this is known as tolerance. Tolerance gives leeway for imperfections ...

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