How to Lower Your 3D Printer Material Cost Using this Trick in GrabCAD Print


GrabCAD Print has a feature that allows you to fill hollow parts with support material, thus reducing your material cost. Learn how to apply it here!

  1. Step 1: Hollow the Part

    Let's face it: large and bulky models use a LOT of material, and this can significantly increase your 3D printing cost! But don't worry, GrabCAD Print has a great feature to prevent this.

    Follow these steps:

    • Select the Print Settings gear icon 
    • Check the Hollow the part box

    By doing this, GrabCAD Print fills the model with support material. You can even define how thick you want the walls to be!

  2. Step 2: Grid Style

    Another feature you can use is Grid Style.

    • Go to the Print Settings gear icon
    • On the Grid Style setting below, you can choose between Lite, Standard or Heavy.

    This feature also helps you control the density of the support structure and how much support it gives. In the example below, you'll see that a Lite Grid is perfectly acceptable. 

    Either of these features in GrabCAD Print will help you reduce material usage, and thus reduce your 3D printer cost!