Print Often, Learn through Printing

Take every opportunity to print your model, or parts of your model, available to you. You will learn quite a bit about your model by holding it physically in your hand. And if you use each opportunity to measure and compare your real world model to your digital one, you will make sure you detect faster whether any of your modeling operations has shifted your design off of the baseline you established creating the dummy object.

Collect the various drafts you have attempted during the design stage to have handy for testing finishing techniques.

Clean up and Fit Testing

  • Clear away support material and/or "dropped loops" from the electronics cavity.
  • Insert at the intended angle.
  • What to do when your electronics do not fit.
  • Measure the watch body and compare the measurements to the digital model. Compensate for cooling / shrinking 1-2%. 

Adjusting Your Design

  • Taking notes on scale changes when printing.
  • Adjusting scale and tolerances.

Surface Finishing Techniques

  • Sanding
  • Dremel polishing - Abrasive buffs rather than sanding discs or grinders.
  • Plastic polishing compound
  • Heat - annealing the surface
  • Solvents

This guide was first published on Jan 12, 2013. It was last updated on Jan 12, 2013.

This page (Printing and Proofing Your Models) was last updated on Jan 09, 2013.

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