Kirsten Van Praet January 7, 2018

At the end of last year, we released Materialise Magics 22, featuring plenty of new and improved data preparation features. One of the updated tools is the lap joint cut, now optimized for cutting large 3D models and easily assembling the pieces. How do you get started? There are two ways to get this done!

  1. Contour selection
    Select the entire contour of the 3D model and perform an advanced cut.
    Go to the ‘cut’ tab, and select ‘lap joint cut’ as the section cut.
    Then fill in the parameters to select where the part should be divided exactly.
     
  2. Point selection
    Select two points to define which section path you want to offset.
    Indicate the thickness on the measurement page and define the offset with the ‘cut’ tab.
    Select two points and then invert the selection. A few seconds later, the cut is ready!
3D data editing software

This 3D data editing software allows you to confidently assemble even more complex 3D models, for instance parts with holes in them. The 3D model on the image below was completely perforated, but this didn’t pose any issue for assembly. Just some glue and it was good to go!

Lap joint cut applied on a perforated elephant using Materialise Magics 22 Close
Lap joint cut applied on a perforated elephant using Materialise Magics 22

Lap joint cut applied on a perforated elephant using Materialise Magics 22

Ready to cut your very first lap joint? Follow the Materialise Software YouTube channel for more 3D printing software tutorials.

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