Additive Manufacturing > Preparing Models for 3D Printing > About the Tray User Interface
About the Tray User Interface
The Tray tab consists of commands and shortcut menus.
To print a model, click File > Print > Prepare for 3D Printing.
To create a new tray assembly, click File > New, under Type select Manufacturing, and under Sub-type, select Additive Manufacturing.
Printers Group
The Printers group consists of commands to select a 3D printer and to set the speed of the printer.
Printer—Selects a 3D printer from the list.
Printer > Printing Profiles—Opens the Printing Profiles dialog box.
Printer > Printer Information—Displays information about the printer you selected.
Printer > Printers List—Opens the 3D Printers dialog box.
Printers > Printing Quality—Sets the quality of the printing. You can select High Quality to print every layer, High Speed to print two layers at a time, or Digital Materials to use more than a single material.
* When you print using several materials, you can only print in Digital Materials mode. The quality of the printing is automatically set by the printer.
Operations Group
The Operations group consists of commands to assemble, regenerate, and position the models on the tray.
Regenerate—Recalculates the model geometry, incorporating all the changes since the last time you saved the model.
Regenerate > Regeneration Manager—Opens the Regeneration Manager dialog box so you can view the regeneration status of items, and set preferences for failure handling, backup, and mass properties update.
Generate Support—Generates support structures for the models on the tray when you are connected through a Materialise build processor.
Edit Support Parameters—Opens the Support Structure Profiles dialog box so you can apply or edit a support structure profile when you are connected through a Materialise build processor.
Assemble—Adds a part or an assembly to the printer tray.
Arrange on Tray—Positions the model on the tray automatically. You can select Arrange on Tray or Printer Auto Position.
Pattern—Adds multiple instances of a part or an assembly.
Nesting—Automatically positions all the models to utilize the tray volume.
Global Scale—Sets the size of all the models on the tray.
Scale All—Scales all the models.
Reset All—Resets all the models to their original size.
Operations > Drag Components—Enables moving assembly entities through an allowable range of motion.
Appearance Group
Model Appearance—Displays the colors that were applied in Creo Parametric.
3D Printer Appearance—Enables applying colors that are available in the 3D printer palette and using the automatic matching of colors from the model to the 3D printer.
Auto-match Colors—Automatically matches colors available in the 3D printer palette, to the colors that were already applied in Creo Parametric.
Colors—Opens a selection of colors, depending on the selected 3D printer and palette. The Colors > Palette Selection opens the Material Selection window. The combination of materials creates the palette.
Surface Finish—Sets a glossy or a matte surface finish to the printed models.
Note Group
Note—Adds notes to the tray assembly.
Analysis Group
The Analysis group consists of commands to perform analysis, both general and specific to additive manufacturing.
Measure—Measures model geometry, such as lengths, angles, and areas.
Printability Validation—Initiates the process of printability validation. You can select Validate Thin Walls or Validate Narrow Gaps.
Global Interference—Opens the Global Interference window.
Calculate Build—Displays the evaluation of the required amount of build material and support material.
Analysis > Saved Analysis—Opens the Saved Analysis dialog box that allows you to view previous analysis.
Finish Group
Preview 3D Printing—Opens the 3D Print tab.