Part View


The Part View page displays a model of the part on the print bed, allowing you to modify its settings prior to printing. You can access the Part View page for a given part by navigating to the Library, Parts, or My Parts pages, or the relevant Folder page, then clicking on the desired part.

Note on part ownership: You can only edit the part settings of a part that you own. If you open the Part View page for a part that you do not own, your options are as follows:

  • View current part details and settings
  • View any print jobs or laser scans involving the part
  • Copy the part (in order to make changes to the copied part)
  • Download the part’s STL file
  • View Documentation for Markforged products
  • Go to the part’s Internal View page
  • Print the part 

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From left to right, the horizontal bar near the top of the page contains:

  • Part name: Click and type to rename the part, then click Save in the bottom right corner.
    Note: You can only rename parts that you own.
  • Part owner and containing folder, if applicable.
  • Copy Part button: Create a duplicate of this part, owned by you.
  • Update STL button: Click to replace the STL file of the part in question with an updated STL file. Only enabled for parts that you own.
  • Get Support button: If you are experiencing issues printing this part, click to file a ticket with Markforged Support, attaching a link to the current STL file. Only appears on the Part View page of parts that you own; will not appear unless you have at least one device registered to your organization.
  • Actions button: Click the button labeled […] to the right side of the horizontal bar to generate a drop-down menu, including:
    • Download STL: Click to download the STL file of the part in question to your computer.
    • Documentation: Click to visit the Markforged support site, where you can view documentation for Markforged products or file a ticket with Markforged Support.


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The center of the page contains:

  • Details box: This box on the left-hand side of the page contains the part owner’s name, the part description (if one has been added), several drop-down panels, and any errors or warnings.
    • Part Details drop-down: When all changes have been saved, this section displays the following:
      • If a composite part: Dimensions, print time, material cost, final part mass, material volumes
      • If a metal part: Printed and final part dimensions, print time, wash time, material cost, mass of printed part (prior to washing or sintering), and material volumes
      • Calculate Details button: Click to save all changes and initiate slicing. Only appears when there are unsaved changes.
    • Versions drop-down: This section lists the different versions of the part in question along with the part name, time when that version was last saved, and, if the part in question was copied, a link to the original. The following buttons are listed below each version:
      • View: Click to view a previous version of the part in question.
      • Copy: Create a duplicate of this version of this part, owned by you.
      • Revert: Click to update the part in question with a previously saved version. Appears below all but the most recent version of the part in question. (The current version will still exist.)
    • Print Jobs drop-down: This section lists the number of times the part has been printed, all print jobs that include this part, the user who initiated each print job, the associated printer, and the time at which the part was printed or exported. Click a print job in the drop-down menu to open the corresponding Build View page; for more information, see Build View. Only appears after the part has printed at least once.
    • Scans drop-down (Industrial only): This section lists the number of times the part has been scanned, all print jobs that include scans of this part, the user who initiated the print job, the associated printer, and the time at which the part was printed. Select a scan from the drop-down menu to view the scan and measure part features, if desired; for more information, see Scan Inspection. Only appears after one or more laser scans have been taken of the part; for more information on laser scans, see Internal View.
    • Errors drop-down: This section lists part settings that would cause your print job to fail. You must resolve all errors listed here before proceeding to the Build View page. Only appears when Eiger detects problems with your part.
    • Warnings drop-down: This section warns you of part settings that may negatively affect print quality. We highly recommend that you resolve all warnings listed here before proceeding to the Build View page. Only appears when Eiger detects potential problems with your part.
  • Print bed preview: Preview the part on the print bed.
    • Click on a face of the part to mate that face with the print bed.
    • Click and drag within the preview to view the part from multiple angles.

 

The Part Settings panel allows you to review and modify your settings prior to printing the part. The available options change based on whether you select a metal or composite material from the Material drop-down menu.

If you are printing a composite part, the Part Settings panel will contain the following tabs:

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  • General tab: Click to load the following settings:
    • Material drop-down: Select the primary material in which to print the part.
    • Reinforcement Material drop-down: Select a secondary material with which to reinforce the part, or select None.
    • Printer Type drop-down: Select the series of printer (Desktop, Industrial, Metal, or Mark One) on which to print the part. Note that the selected printer type must be capable of printing the materials that you have selected.
    • Orientation fields: Modify to manually reorient the part with relation to the print bed. For more information, see Rotating Parts.
      • Manual Rotation button: Click to enable manual rotation and allow editing of the X, Y, Z fields.
      • X, Y, Z fields: Once enabled, click and type to edit the values within the fields. Clicking outside of the print bed preview or the Orientation fields will disable these fields again.
    • Cloud Slicing toggle: Click to enable or disable Eiger from slicing the part on its own servers instead of in your browser. When cloud slicing is enabled, you can navigate away from the page while your part is slicing.

 
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  • Settings tab: Click to load the following settings:
    • Scale field: Click and enter a value to resize the part. The default value for this field is 1.
    • Turbo Print (Beta) toggle: Enable to save time by printing infill at twice the layer height and printing shells faster. Only available for unreinforced Onyx parts at 50, 100, or 125um layer heights.
    • Use Supports toggle: Enable or disable printing columns of plastic beneath overhanging regions of the part to maintain stability during printing. This option is enabled by default. For more information on supports, see Supports and 3D Printing.
    • Turbo Supports (Beta) toggle: Enable to save time by printing the majority of supports at twice the layer height and with a wider spacing. Only available for Onyx parts. For more information on turbo supports, see Supports and 3D Printing.
    • Supports Angle field: Click and enter a value between 0 (parallel to X-axis) and 90 (parallel to Y-axis) to modify the angle, in degrees, at which your supports will print.
    • Raise Part toggle: Enable to print a raft of supports under your part to ensure better adhesion to the print bed. This feature is meant to be used if the supports on the bottom of the part are too small to remove.
    • Expand Thin Features toggle: Enable if your part has extremely thin walls or features. Using this feature may reduce dimensional accuracy.
      Note: This feature is not recommended unless your part has very thin walls which disappear in the Internal View.
    • Use Brim toggle: Enable to print a thin layer of support material anchoring your part to the print bed. This feature is meant to be used if your part has few points of contact on the print bed or tends to warp during printing.
    • Original Units drop-down: Select the units that your STL file was exported in.
    • Layer Height (mm) drop-down: Select 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, while 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.

 
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  • Infill tab: Click to load the following settings:
    • Fill Pattern: Select the geometric pattern with which to print the infill. Select Solid Fill to maximize part density.
    • Fill Density bar: Click to modify the true density of the part. Different fill patterns have different possible minimum and maximum densities. Note that 37% is the default.
    • Roof & Floor Layers counter: Select the number of solid plastic layers to print on the top and bottom of the part. This counter should generally be set to 4.
    • Wall Layers counter: Select the number of layers of solid plastic that should print along the walls of the part. More walls will make a pure plastic part stronger but will also reduce the area in which fiber can be routed.

 
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  • Reinforcement tab: Only appears when you have selected an option from the Reinforcement Material drop-down under the General tab. Click to load the following settings:
    • Preserve Custom Fiber toggle switch: Only appears after you have made edits in the Internal View. When enabled, all other settings in this tab are disabled. Disable to modify other reinforcement settings, which may cause your custom fiber settings to be discarded.
    • Total Fiber Layers counter: Drag the box to select the total number of layers of fiber to print inside the part.
    • Fiber Fill Type drop-down: Choose how the fiber will be routed to reinforce the part. Concentric Fiber is ideal for reinforcing the walls of a part, whereas Isotropic Fiber makes a part relatively stiff in all directions.
    • Walls to Reinforce drop-down: Select which walls to reinforce with fiber. Only appears when Concentric Fiber is selected from the Fiber Fill Type drop-down.
    • Concentric Fiber Rings field: Change the number of rings of concentric fiber fill added per layer. The more rings, the stronger the part.
    • Fiber Angles field: Modify the comma-separated list of angles, in degrees, that controls the direction of the fiber. Only appears when Isotropic Fiber is selected from the Fiber Fill Type drop-down menu.

 

If you are printing a metal part, the Part Settings panel will contain the following tabs:


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  • General tab: Click to load the following settings:
    • Material drop-down: Select the primary material in which to print the part.
    • Furnace Type drop-down: Select the type of furnace in which the part will be sintered:
      • Sinter-1 or Sinter-2
      • External Sintering: Select this option if the part that you intend to print exceeds the maximum sinterable part size for Sinter-1 or Sinter-2, therefore requiring sintering in a different model of furnace.
    • Printer Type drop-down: Select the series of printer on which to print the part. Note that the selected printer type must be capable of printing metal material.
    • Orientation fields: Modify to manually reorient the part with relation to the print bed. For more information, see Rotating Parts.
      • Manual Rotation button: Click to enable manual rotation and allow editing of the X, Y, Z fields.
      • X, Y, Z fields: Once enabled, click and type to edit the values within the fields. Clicking outside of the print bed preview or the Orientation fields will disable these fields again.
    • Cloud Slicing toggle: Click to enable or disable Eiger from slicing the part on its own servers instead of in your browser. When cloud slicing is enabled, you can navigate away from the page while your part is slicing.


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  • Settings tab: Click to load the following settings:
    • Scale field: Click and enter a value to resize the part. Note that Eiger automatically scales up metal parts to account for the shrinkage that will take place during sintering.
    • Original Units drop-down: Select the units that your STL file was exported in to maintain its original proportions.
    • Post-Sintered Layer Height (mm) drop-down: Select the final height of each printed layer of metal material, after the part has been sintered. 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.
    • Sinter Stability toggle: This feature improves sintering stability and reduces shell gaps This toggle is enabled by default to ensure good part quality; however, using this feature may cause minor increases in surface roughness.
    • Support Structure drop-down: Choose a support structure to allow easier removal of supports from the part.
      • Cubic and Radial Separations break difficult-to-remove supports into geometric sections.
    • Machinable Part (Alpha) toggle: This feature sets shell thickness to approximately 1.5mm. Additional walls, roofs, and floors are internally constructed and will not add additional stock onto the surface. For machining allowances, ensure that your STL file has additional material in the areas that you will be subtractively finishing. This feature increases print times and requires that the Sinter Stability feature be enabled.
    • Solid Part (Alpha) toggle: This feature allows you to print fully solid metal parts without infill. Print and wash times are increased when this feature is enabled.
    • Raft Disabled (Alpha) toggle: Rafts help prints adhere to the print bed and sinter correctly. Disabling rafts will reduce print time and cost but increase the likelihood of printer and sinter failure. We highly recommend that you keep rafts enabled unless your part has been specifically designed to print without a raft.

  
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The box in the bottom right corner of the page contains the following buttons:

  • Save: Click to save all changes and initiate slicing. Only enabled when there are unsaved changes.
  • Internal View: Click to navigate to the Internal View page for the part in question; for more information, see Internal View. Only enabled when there are no unsaved changes.
  • Print: Click to navigate to the Build View page, from which you can print the part. Only enabled when there are no unsaved changes.