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For many engineers, designing means creating for traditional manufacturing. However, designing for 3D printing differs from that of traditional manufacturing – it requires a completely different approach.

The way you design a part in CAD software is just as important as the way you lay out the part in the slicer software (in this case – Preform). If you don’t design a great part, the print will reflect all of the imperfections in your final part. CAD is an essential component of 3D printing as it uses the STL file to tell the printer how much material is necessary, details about the surface geometry, and where the material is distributed to create the prototype.