Advanced Settings: A drop-down menu that lists additional part settings, giving you more control over how parts are printed.
Build: A group of parts set up to be printed all together. Builds can be saved, exported to .MFP files, or sent to an online printer for printing.
Cloud Slicing: Slices your part in the cloud, allowing for faster slicing and lesser consumption of system resources.
Cloud Print Generation: Generates your print in the cloud, allowing for faster print generation and lesser consumption of system resources.
Edit Mode: In the internal view, choose between viewing the full model as a 3D rendering or individual layers as 2D slices.
Editing Layers Panel: View settings related to the selected layer(s). Add fiber, pauses, and scans to the print from this panel.
Estimated Material Usage: View the estimated amount of plastic or fiber that will be used in the part. Estimated material values will update upon slicing in the Part View or upon any change in the Internal View.
Estimated Print Time: View the estimated amount of time required to print the part. Estimated print time value will update upon slicing in the Part View or upon any change in the Internal View.
Expand Thin Features: Preserve thin walls or features at the expense of some dimensional accuracy.
Note: This feature is not recommended unless your part has very thin walls which disappear in the internal view.
Export Build: Convert the part or build to a printable .MFP file for USB printing.
Fill Density: Control the density of the internal structure of your part. Different fill patterns may have different minimum and maximum densities. 50% fill is highly recommended for optimal dimensional accuracy.
Fill Pattern (Plastic): Fill patterns are geometric shapes repeated on the inside of a part to add strength. The available fill pattern options are Triangular, Hexagonal, and Rectangular.
Folder: A feature for managing parts that allows you to save similar or related parts in the same place for ease of access.
Import STL: Icon that will allow you to choose an STL file to import into Eiger from any screen in Eiger.
Internal View: View mode that will allow you to see tool paths and information about how your part will actually print. Use this view mode to further customize individual layers after editing the part in the Part View.
Layer Bar: Bar at the bottom of the Internal View from which you can select layers to edit. Layers can be selected in groups in the 3D View mode or individually in the 2D View mode. Select groups of layers by clicking on a place in the bar and dragging over the layers to edit. Select an individual layer by clicking on the layer bar; scroll to a new layer with the arrow keys.
Layer Height: The height (in the Z-direction) of the plastic that is printed in each layer. The default layer height is 0.1mm; other options include 0.05mm (Industrial Series only), 0.125mm and 0.2mm. Taller layer heights will lend to faster prints but may produce a rougher surface finish. Smaller layer heights will have better surface finish but will take longer to print. If you are using fiber in the part, the layer height cannot be changed.
Manual Rotation: Feature that allows users to click and drag, or enter Euler angles, to orient their part.
Original Units: Eiger defaults to importing parts in Metric units. If your part was exported to an STL using Imperial units, you can use this option to change the import units for a part.
Part Description Field: Type a short description of your part that will appear under the name in the top left corner of the screen. Entry field can be found at the bottom of the Advanced Settings dropdown.
Part Name Field: Name your part in this field. Changes will be reflected in the top left corner of the Part View and Internal View screens. The saved .MFP print file will save with this name by default.
Pause After Layer: Insert a pause in your print that will occur after the selected layer is finished printing. Pauses can be used for embedding components, changing material, or checking on the status of the print at a specific point. After a pause, the print must be manually resumed from the printer's touch screen.
Plastic Material: Choose which plastic material you will print the part with.
Print Button: Use this button to convert the part into a printable file or to directly print to an online printer.
Printer Version: Select the model printer that you will be printing this part on.
Raise Part: Print a raft of supports under your part for better adhesion.
Roof and Floor Layers: Select how many layers of solid plastic to be printed on the top and bottom of the part. This field will also set the number of floors that generate below a layer of fiber. The default for this value is 4.
Rotate: Feature that allows you to click a surface and have the part move such that the surface is flush with the print bed.
Save Button: Save the part file and configured print settings.
Scale: Change all dimensions of the part by a scaled value. The default of this value is 1, which is the size of the part as it was modeled in your CAD software.
Scan After Layer: Insert a scan of your part that will occur after the selected layer is finished printing. Scan data is automatically sent to Eiger (if your printer is connected) when the scan is finished.
Slice Button: This button saves part data by slicing the part with any new printing settings.
Start Rotation Percent: The point along the perimeter of the part at which the fiber path for the Concentric Fiber Rings should start. Start Rotation Percent for the first fiber layer should default to 11% and should increase by 2%-3% over subsequent fiber layers. Having varying Start Rotation Percent angles ensures that there will not be a seam or gap in fiber if more than one layer is printed. Entering a value for the Start Rotation Percent in 3D Mode will set that value across all layers in the group.
Use Brim: Print a brim for parts that have little surface contact with the print bed to help with part adhesion and to minimize warping. The brim will automatically generate around the outer walls of the part's first few layers when this feature is enabled.
Use Fiber: Enable fiber reinforcement for the current part. Fiber will automatically generate as a sandwich panel with six total layers.
- Fiber Material:
- Fiberglass: Creates strong, tough parts
Note: Fiberglass is the only fiber compatible with the Onyx Pro.
- Carbon Fiber: For the strongest and lightest 3D printed parts available
- Kevlar: Impact and abrasion resistant reinforcement
- HSHT Glass: Fiber reinforcement for higher temperature environments
- Fiber Fill Type:
- Concentric Fill: Traces a specific number of shells within the walls of your part, which helps reinforce from bending around the Z axis. By doing so, Concentric Fill essentially reinforces the walls of the part which prevents the walls from deforming. In this fill type, the print head follows the outer curvature of the part as it spirals inwards, so the more complex that curvature is and the more rings you add, the longer it will take. When using concentric fill, you can specify how many rings of fiber you want tracing the outline of your part, so you have specific control over how much fiber you are using per layer.
- Isotropic Fill: Simulates the individual unidirectional layers of a traditional laminated composite. The pattern effectively creates a unidirectional ‘sheet’ of fiber on each fiber layer by routing all fibers parallel to each other in a single angular orientation, with 180 degree turns when the path reaches the edge of the part. The Isotropic Fiber fill pattern helps resist bending in the XY plane and can also be used to set up sandwich panels to increase torsional strength on that plane.
- Walls to Reinforce:
- Outer Shell Only: Adds concentric rings to reinforce the outer perimeter of the part. This gives the part strength in bending around the Z axis by reinforcing the walls with parallel strands of fiber.
- Inner Holes Only (Beta): Adds concentric rings around all internal features of the part. It is an easy and material-efficient method to reinforce holes, cavities, and any other internal features.
- All Walls (Beta): Adds the specified number of concentric rings to both the perimeter of the part and all internal features. This default setting combines the reinforcement strength of both Outer Shell and Inner Hole Reinforcement.
- Fiber Layers Slider: Set the number of fiber layers to appear in your part. The number you set will be the total number of layers, with half of them generating at the top of your part and the other half generating at the bottom.
- Fiber Angles: Fiber angles, used only in the Isotropic fill, determine which angles the fiber routing is at for subsequent layers in groups. By default, subsequent Isotropic Fiber layers in a fiber group are automatically rotated by 45-degree angles. Any values in this field should be entered numerically and separated by commas. If there are more subsequent fiber layers than there are entered values, Eiger will iterate through the values in the order they are entered and then will loop back to the first value.
- Concentric Rings: The number of concentric rings of fiber that are placed around the outside of the part. Concentric rings help to ensure a smoothly-reinforced external surface where the outermost fibers are always continuous and parallel to the edge of the part.
Use Supports: Turn on Supports for any overhanging features on your part. Nylon parts usually require supports for angles that are less than 70 degrees from horizontal; Onyx parts usually require supports for angles that are less than 45 degrees from horizontal.
- Supports Angle: Not the overhang angle, rather the direction of the support lines relative to the print bed. The default is set to zero, which means the Supports will run along the X-axis.
- Raise Part Toggle: Print a raft of support material under your part to make short support sections easier to peel.
Visibility: Show or hide different tool paths in your part for better visibility of features.
Wall Layers Slider: Select how thick the walls of the part should be. More walls will make a plastic part stronger but will also reduce the area that fiber will be able to fit into. Using fewer than two walls, especially on parts with fiber, will generally result in poor surface finish on your part.