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How to use 2D placement tools in Materialise Magics

Learn how to use the 2D part placement tools that can automatically place parts in a platform for you, so that you can continue by choosing an orientation and generating support, where needed. There are two ways of doing 2D placement of parts in Magics; this tutorial takes you through both options step by step.

This tutorial has been recorded using Materialise Magics. 


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Translate tool 0:31

Automatic placement tool 1:37

Description of the different steps

1. Use the Translate tool:

  • Select your part, go to the Tools ribbon, and then click Translate.
  • Either enter the resulting coordinates, or the relative translation value; and click on Apply.
  • As an alternative, use the interactive translation tools. The red, green and blue arrows move your part along the X, Y, and Z axes, respectively.
  • Use the To default position and To default Z buttons to quickly place a part on these locations.


2. Use the Automatic Placement tool:

Select your part, go to the Build Preparation or Position ribbon, and click on Automatic Placement.

  • Part interval: The distance between your parts
  • Platform margin: Te distance between the edge of your platform, and the parts.
  • Make a choice to Nest all parts, or only the Selected parts.
  • Make a choice to translate all parts to the default Z-height, or keep the current Z-height.
  • If you have too many parts to fit into a platform, you can enable multi-platform placement.
  • Bounding box: Takes the bounding boxes of a part into account.
  • Geometry: Considers the original shape of a part.
  • Placement solution: Make a choice to stop at the first solution, or when the minimal surface area, X-dimension or Y-dimension is reached. You can also place the part in the platform center.
  • Part placement: Set the automatic placement tool to only translate, or translate and rotate your parts with degree intervals you specify.
Author(s) Aylin Kertik
Tutorial created on 07 May 2019
Last modified on 28 May 2019

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